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Mexican writer Sergio Pitol dies at 85

Friday, April 13, 2018  

Sergio Pitol, a celebrated Mexican author, essayist and translator and winner of the most prestigious award for literature in the Spanish-speaking world, died Thursday. He was 85.

Pitol died of natural causes at his home in Xalapa, Veracruz state, said family members and Alberto Salamanca, a spokesman for the Mexican government's Department of Culture.

Born March 18, 1933, in the city of Puebla, Pitol was known for such works as "Mephisto's Waltz" and his "Trilogy of Memory," which included "The Art of Flight," ''The Journey" and "The Magician of Vienna."

He won Spanish literature's prestigious Cervantes Prize in 2005. He was awarded Mexico's National Literature Prize in 1983 and the Juan Rulfo Latin American and Caribbean Prize in 1999.

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