Writer and winner of the Cervantes Prize 2015, Juan Goytisolo, died at dawn on Sunday at the age of 86, in his house in Marrakesh (where he lived since 1996), victim of the aftermath of a stroke.
Juan Goytisolo (1931-2017) broke his hip a year and a half ago as a result of a fall and in March he had to be hospitalized after suffering a stroke that was undermining him, his editor since 1984, Joan Tarrida, explained to EFE.
The Spaniard will be buried tomorrow in the civil cemetery of Larache by his express wish, located 500 kilometres from Marrakesh, where he rests the Frenchman Jean Genet, as himself a declared homosexual and in love with the Arab world.
The author of Campos Níjar and Paisaje después de la batalla left only his house in the medina of Marrakesh, where he lived since his wife died, to have tea in the Yamaa al-Fna square, which for his personal commitment was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.
The writer and intellectual, who claimed for himself the “Cervantes nationality”, was a practitioner of political inaccuracy since exile in Paris in 1956. His work was banned by Franco since 1963.
The Mexican Carlos Fuentes considered Juan Goytisolo one of the best writers of the world, bridge between the European and Islamic culture.
Graduated in Law and married to the novelist Monique Lange, he wrote more than fifty works and cultivated the novel, essay, travel literature, reports, tales and memoirs.
He signed titles such as Fin de fiesta, Señas de identidad, Juan sin tierra, “Disidencias”, Makbara and Coto vedado, where he speaks openly about his homosexuality.
Duelo en el paraíso, Reivindicación del conde don Julián, Crónicas sarracinas, Las virtudes del pájaro solitario or Carajicomedia record a work that crosses genres and borders.
For these, he won prizes such as the National Letters, Formentor, Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo de Guadalajara (Mexico) or the Rachid Mimumi of Paris to tolerance and freedom and Cervantes Prize (2015).
When his current editor met him, Goytisolo had already made “the great change in his narrative”, that is, he had passed from the social realism of the 50s, with Campos de Níjar as emblem of his fierce criticism of the bourgeoisie, an increasingly complex story, which is reflected in Paisaje después de la batalla (1982).
Telón en la boca (2003) and El exilio de aquí y allá affect this change but also his constant concern for what was happening in the world and his desire to “live it in the first person” as in Cuaderno de Sarajevo or Paisajes de guerra: Sarajevo, Argelia, Palestina, Chechenia.
Goytisolo’s heirs will decide if the last volume of his “Complete Works” is published, an anthology that began to be generated in 2000.
The King of Spain expressed on Twitter his pain over the death of the writer and he said that his work “will always accompany” the Spanish language.
Also, the President of the Government, the director of the Cervantes Institute, the president of the Generalitat and personalities in the world of the narrative in Spanish lamented his death.
Madrid, June 4, 2017, EFE/Practica Español
Ejercicio de comprensión B.2 (Comprehension B.2)
Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)
de la reciente hospitalización de un escritor.
del fallecimiento de un escritor español.
de la muerte de un escritor marroquí.
falleció en una ciudad de Marruecos.
el escritor murió en su ciudad natal.
este escritor murió en la capital de Marruecos.
serán llevados a un cementerio de su ciudad natal.
descansarán en Marruecos.
permanecerán en Marrakech.
Goytisolo amaba y apreciaba la cultura árabe.
Goytisolo siempre quiso conocer la cultura árabe.
Goytisolo desconocía el mundo árabe.
No se sabe.
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a los huesos.
al sistema respiratorio.
la ayuda que recibes para conseguir algo.
la lenta destrucción de algo.
el fortalecimiento anímico de una persona.
el tesón que alguien tiene para conseguir algo.
la falta de constancia para lograr un objetivo.