Farewell to a poet

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Farewell to a poet
CERVANTES AWARD: King Felipe and Queen Letizia with Francisco Brines last week Photo credit: Oliva town hall

FRANCISCO BRINES, winner of this year’s Cervantes Prize for Literature, died last Thursday, May 20.

Exactly a week earlier, the 89-year-old poet had received the award from Spain’s King Felipe in person at his Elca (Oliva) home as he had been too unwell to unable to travel to the prize-giving ceremony in Alcala de Henares in April.

Brines, who once wrote “Death is a rule that has no exceptions,” died in Gandia’s San Francisco de Borja hospital where he was admitted the day after the King’s visit for an emergency hernia operation.

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The Foundation Francisco Brines revealed that his condition was “peaceful and stable” after the operation but worsened a few hours before his death.


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