Monday, April 25, 2011

Gonzalo Rojas, Chilean poet, is dead

Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas, regarded as one of Latin America's greatest modern writers, has died in Santiago at the age of 93, his family has announced.

Rojas, who was forced into exile after the 1973 military coup, died today after suffering a debilitating stroke two months ago, one of his sons said.

The poet won numerous literary awards in his time, including the 2003 Cervantes Prize - the top literary award for Spanish-language literature - the Chilean National Prize for Literature, the Queen Sofia Prize of Iberian American Poetry (awarded by the King of Spain), Mexico's Octavio Paz prize and the Jose Hernandez Prize of Argentina.

Full article is at The Telegraph UK.

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