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Chilean best-selling author Luis Sepulveda dies in Spain of COVID-19

Chilean writer Luis Sepulveda

Chilean writer Luis Sepulveda   | Photo Credit: AP

The 70-year-old author had spent weeks in a hospital in Oviedo fighting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Chilean author Luis Sepulveda, best known for his book The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, died on Thursday of COVID-19 in a hospital in Asturias, the region of northern Spain where he lived for several decades, his publisher and Spanish media reported.

The 70-year-old author, who exiled to Spain during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, had spent weeks in a hospital in Oviedo fighting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The writer had recently returned from a literary festival in Porto, Portugal.

“Sepulveda traveled to almost every corner of the world from a very young age, and from that restless life emerged the gifted narration of his stories, passionate tales and novels,” his Spanish publisher Tusquets Editores said in a statement.

The best-selling author, who lived in the coastal city of Gijūn, wrote some 20 novels and short stories, among which are The World at the End of the World, the crime novel The Name of a Bullfighter and the Patagonia Express travel book.

His acclaimed novel The Old Man Who Read Love Stories was translated into numerous languages and became a popular film directed by Rolf de Heer, starring U.S. actor Richard Dreyfuss.

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