Freddy Bretón Martínez wins the Eduardo León Jimenes 2020 National Book Fair Award

This year's jury was made up of the renowned intellectuals Ylonka Nacidit Perdomo, Juan Carlos Mieses and María José Rincón, chaired ex officio, with voice but without vote, by the general director of the Book Fair, Ruth Herrera. 

April 28, 2020, Santo Domingo, RD - Graduate in Philosophy and Religious Sciences, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros, Monsignor Freddy Bretón Martínez obtained the Eduardo León Jimenes National Book Fair Award 2020, for his work The Entresijos del Viento (intentionally wind novel).

The winner received the award, consisting of RD $ 1,000,000.00 (one million pesos) and a certificate, within the framework of the 23rd Santo Domingo 2020 International Book and Culture Fair, currently postponed given the state of emergency in the country. . The award was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the General Direction of the Book Fair, the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation and the Dominican National Brewery.

This year's jury was made up of the renowned intellectuals Ylonka Nacidit Perdomo, Juan Carlos Mieses and María José Rincón, chaired ex officio, with voice but without vote, by the general director of the Book Fair, Ruth Herrera.

The jury values ​​in its award on the winning work and its author, that “Freddy Bretón presents us in The ins and outs of the wind (2019) his autofiction or autobiographical fiction. Through scrolling through the writer's vital cartography, we find his narrative device, which involves times, spaces and identities where he intertwines imaginary and chronologically organizes what he has lived. The fantastic and dreamlike reminiscences merge with his travels and the development of his professional tasks, while the author builds affective communities, examines and exposes with grace the social and cultural context that comes together in each experience, weaving ties of spiritual solidarity ”.

For this twenty-third edition of the Eduardo León Jimenes National Book Fair Award 2020, 55 works published between March 1 and December 31, 2019 were presented. The criteria considered for the selection are transcendence and quality of the text, handling of language, intellectual skill or creative capacity, structure of the book, originality and contribution to the national bibliographic wealth.

The Minister of Culture, Eduardo Selman, at the same time expressing his appreciation and recognition for this firm public-private alliance with the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, which through the long-awaited contest promotes and exalts Dominican letters of the present time, and confers Special highlight to the celebration of the fair event, expressed a warm congratulations to the winner whose work will be read with the greatest interest.

“The continuous support, from its origins, to this award conceived as recognition and encouragement to the Dominican writer who produces and disseminates ideas, corresponds to the expression of commitment assumed by the León family to contribute to the social and cultural development of Dominicans to achieve the dream of a better nation through her work ”, expressed María Amalia León de Jorge, president of the Fundación Eduardo León Jimenes.

Freddy Antonio de Jesús Bretón Martínez began his basic studies in his community of Licey al Medio. There, in the Minor Seminary Saint Pius X he would then begin his secondary studies. Later, he carried out his philosophical and theological studies at the Pontifical Seminary of Saint Thomas Aquinas, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Religious Sciences. He was ordained a priest on September 10, 1977. After four years of pastoral experience in the Puerto Plata area and six years as a formator and teacher in the aforementioned Seminary, he was sent to Rome as a resident priest of the Pontifical Pio Latin American College, and He graduated in Biblical Theology, magna cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

In his pastoral ministry, he has been a parochial vicar and pastor in the Archdiocese of Santiago de los Caballeros in various parishes; professor and formator at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Pontifical Seminary and dean of Philosophy; spiritual director and academic vice-rector. Appointed bishop of the Diocese of Baní by Pope John Paul II, he took possession of it on September 19, 1998, until he was appointed by Pope Francis, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago de los Caballeros, which took office on 18 April 2015 to the present.