Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies at 70

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Javier Marías, the most prestigious Spanish novelist of the past half-century, has died, his publisher announced on Sunday.

MADRID– Javier Marías, the most prestigious Spanish novelist of the past half-century, has died, his publisher announced on Sunday. He was 70 years old.

Spanish news agency EFE reported that Marías died in a hospital after failing to recover from a lung infection.

Marías was the author of 15 novels, translations and collections of her weekly chronicles. His best known novels include “Corazón tan blanco” (“Heart So White”), “Todas las almas” (“All Souls) and “Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí” (“Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me”) Many of his works have been translated into English and other languages.

He was considered for years the main Spanish candidate to win the Nobel Prize in Literature since Camilo José Cela received the honor in 1989.

“(It’s) a sad day for Spanish literature,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted. “Javier Marías, one of the greatest writers of our time, has left us. His immense and talented work will be fundamental for Spanish literature. My condolences to his family and friends in these difficult times.”

Marías was elected to the Royal Academy of Spain, the country’s highest literary and linguistic authority, in 2006. Winner of several international fiction awards, he has been professor of Spanish literature and translation at Oxford and Wellesley College of Massachusetts in the 1980s.

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