“Espido Freire (Bilbao, 1974) has won the 24th Azorín Prize with Llamadme Alejandra (Call me Alexandra), a novel about Alexandra Románova, the last Russian tsarina, who was suspected of being a spy and thus hated in her country.
The winner of the award, which is worth 45,000 euros, was announced at an event held at the Auditorium of the Diputación de Alicante (ADDA).
The Premio Azorín de Novela (Azorín Prize for Best Novel) is one of the most important literary awards for works written in the Spanish language. It was created in 1994, by the Spanish provincial government (diputación) of Alicante together with Editorial Planeta (Planeta Publishing Group).
The prize honors one of the finest Spanish writers of the so-called "Generation of 98", José Augusto Trinidad Martínez Ruíz (1873-1967), who used to signs his works under the pseudonym of Azorín.