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Tuesday April 9, 2013

Spanish Author and National Prize for Literature Winner Jose Luis Sampedro Dies

Spanish Author and National Prize for Literature Winner Jose Luis Sampedro Dies

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Spanish writer, economist and academic Jose Luis Sampedro died in Madrid, his family told Efe on Tuesday. He was 96.

He passed away in the wee hours of Monday.

Respecting the author’s express wishes, news of his death was not announced until Tuesday because Sampedro wanted to go “in a simple way and without publicity,” according to his widow Olga Lucas, whom he married in 2003.

The writer of “La Sonrisa Etrusca” (The Etruscan Smile) and “La Sombra de los Dias” (The Shadow of Days), and one of the most active critics of the current social and economic situation, will be cremated Tuesday at La Almudena Cemetery in the strictest intimacy.

Sampedro’s death signifies the loss of one of Spain’s moral guideposts in the last half of the 20th century.

In recent times his voice had joined that of the “indignados” in defense of another economic and social model, along the lines of French diplomat and World War II resistance fighter Stephane Hessel and his famous essay, “Time for Outrage!”

Professor Sampedro’s humanist concept inspired such literary works as “El Rio que Nos Lleva” (The River that Carries Us), “La Sombra de los Dias,” and El Mercado y la Globalizacion” (The Market and Globalization), while also winning him the 2011 National Prize for Literature.