Spanish poet Angel Gonzalez dies aged 82

14th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Major 20th century Hispanic poet Angel Gonzalez died Saturday aged 82 in a Madrid hospital following a lung illness, his family announced.

14 January 2008

MADRID - Major 20th century Hispanic poet Angel Gonzalez died Saturday aged 82 in a Madrid hospital following a lung illness, his family announced.

Gonzalez belonged to the so-called Generation of 1950 - a literary movement renowned for its resistance to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco from 1939 to 1975.

His works were dotted with irony and humour and dealt with values such as solidarity, freedom and love. In 1972, he went into exile in the United States where he taught literature at the University of New Mexico.

It was only in 2003 that the poet who hails from Oviedo, northern Spain, returned to his homeland to settle in Madrid.

Gonzalez published his first book called Aspero Mundo (Harsh World) in 1956 which was an immediate critical success. It focused on his childhood which was marked by the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939.

The recipient of many literary awards, Gonzalez' last work Otono y otras luces (Autumn and Other Lights) was published in 2001 and focused on growing old.

Some of his poems have also been released on a CD which he recorded with the Spanish singer-songwriter Pedro Guerra.

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Subject: Spanish news

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