Spanish novelist Javier Marias dies aged 70

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Spanish writer Javier Marias holds his latest novel ‘Los Enamoramientos’ during its presentation in Madrid April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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MADRID, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Award-winning Spanish novelist Javier Marias died on Sunday aged 70, his publisher Alfaguara said.

Marias, who had been suffering from pneumonia for a month, published 16 novels including “Your Face Tomorrow”, a trilogy released between 2002 and 2007.

“Javier Marias was the best writer in Spain,” Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza said in a tribute written for Spanish daily El Pais.

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“A sad day for Spanish letters,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted. “Javier Marias is leaving us, one of the great writers of our time.”

His books have been translated into 46 languages ​​and have sold nearly 9 million copies in 56 countries, Alfaguara’s website says.

Translator and columnist for El Pais, Marias has received a series of awards for his work. Last year he was elected to Britain’s Royal Society of Literature as an international writer.

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Reporting by Graham Keeley; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Alexander Smith

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