Spanish Nobel Prize Winner, ‘Passionate Spoken Word Poet’ Alvaro Grandes Dies at 61

Almudena Grandes, whose novel “Canuelños” won last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, has died, the Spanish press reported Thursday. She was 61.

The Spanish Crown, which recognized Grandes as a poet in 1999, said she died after a “long illness.”

“Our poet and fellow Spaniard, who made you laugh for 50,000 years, Alándara Grandes, once more gone, and always with a companion to stay with us,” the Spanish Government said on Twitter.

The novelist had been living in London, where she was an assistant professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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She died Thursday afternoon in her home in southwest London, her husband, Albert Graça, told the publication Agencia EFE.

Grandes wrote several other novels, including “Los Encuentros” and “Los Ciclones de la Navidad,” both written in English, and two collections of poetry, including her 1991 bestseller “Gran Misterioso Contigo,” written in Spanish and translated into English.

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The poet, who received her first Ig Nobel prize in 2005 for her “fluid writing style, embellished with critical self-criticism,” was considered an icon of the Spanish literary scene.

Grandes was born in Alicante, Spain, on Sept. 20, 1961, and graduated from the University of Alicante in 1976.

Her Nobel-winning novel “Canuelños” was published in 2002.

Grandes was honored with the Spanish National Award of Humanities in 2009, and “Canuelños” was honored as the Madrid Book Fair’s Best Novel of the Year in 2004.

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