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Spanish novelist Juan Marse dies at 87

AP , Sunday 19 Jul 2020
Juan Marse
FILE PHOTO: In this Monday April 20, 2009 file photo, Spanish novelist Juan Marse speaks during a news conference in Madrid. (Photo: AP)

The literary agency of Juan Marse says the Spanish novelist has died. He was 87.

The Carmen Balcells agency announced his passing on Sunday. It did not give a reason for his death.

Marse was one of Spain's most-respected novelists over the past few decades and the winner of the 2008 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's top literary award.

Marse's most important novel was ``Ulitmas tardes on Teresa'' (``Last Afternoons with Teresa'') published in 1965. It chronicles the misadventure of a working-class adolescent who tries to win over a girl from the upscale side of Barcelona.

Marse, a native of the city, followed that success with several other novels that form a portrait of the social transformation of Spain during the latter part of the 20th century.

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