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Sunday May 11, 2014

Mexican Poet Carmen Alardin Dies, Age 80

Mexican Poet Carmen Alardin Dies, Age 80

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Mexican poet Carmen Alardin, the prizewinning author of works such as “La violencia del otoño” and “No pude detener los elefantes,” has died. She was 80.

The poet, who specialized in German literature, died on Saturday.

Alardin, born July 5, 1933, in Tampico in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, was “an enormous Mexican woman of letter,” National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, director of cultural connection Antonio Crestani said.

The poet’s remains will lie in state on Sunday in Mexico City.

“Assorted things concerning her will be done, such as remembrances and publications that will be announced at the appropriate time,” Crestani said.

Actress Ana Silvia Garza, the poet’s daughter, said that she remembers when her mother would walk along the street and be accosted by people telling her: “Excuse me, ma’am, but I feel like I love you a lot.”

Alardin died after having arrived in Mexico City from Monterrey, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, along with her husband, Ramiro Garza, Conaculta said.

She is survived by her husband and her children, Jaime and Ana Silvia.

Alardin studied German literature and got a master’s degree in Mexican letters at the Philosophy and Letters Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, with a specialization in Germany.

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