Tuesday 17 October 2017

Juan Goytisolo, winner of Spain's Cervantes prize, dies aged 86

Juan Goytisolo died at his home in Marrakech (Abraham Caro Marin/AP)
Juan Goytisolo died at his home in Marrakech (Abraham Caro Marin/AP)

Juan Goytisolo, a Spanish novelist known for his experimental novels and political essays, has died at the age of 86.

Goytisolo died at his home in Marrakech, Morocco, on Sunday, said his literary agency Carmen Balcells. The agency did not give the cause of death.

Goytisolo won Spain's most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes Prize, in 2014.

Marks Of Identity is among his most highly regarded novels.

Culture minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo paid tribute to Goytisolo, comparing him with Spain's greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes.

"Juan Goytisolo is one of the Cervantes Prize winners who most closely identified with the author of (Don) Quixote," Mr Mendez de Vigo said in a statement.

Goytisolo left Spain for France in 1956, moving to Morocco in 1996.


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