translated from Spanish: Argentine writer Leopoldo Brizuela dies at 55 years old

Buenos Aires.-The Argentinean writer Leopoldo Brizuela, winner of the Alfaguara Prize in 2012 for his novel «The Same Night», died in Buenos Aires at 55 years for undisclosed causes, as confirmed this Tuesday to EFE sources of the Argentine National Library, Where the author worked. » I can’t believe that Leopoldo Brizuela died. I can’t believe it. What the hell. Great guy, excellent writer. The world went mad, «wrote the Argentine novelist Claudia Piñeiro on Twitter.

I can’t believe that Leopoldo Brizuela died. I can’t believe it. What the hell. Great guy, excellent writer. The world went crazy. — Claudia Piñeiro (@claudiapineiro)
May 14, 2019

In statements from Costa Rica to the newspaper Clarín, the author added that although some of the friends of Brizuela «knew that he was sick», the outcome «took them by surprise and with an infinite sadness». Born in La Plata in 1963, the translator also managed, among other awards, the Clarín de Novela prize in 1999 with his work «England. A fable «and the Konex Prize in 2004 as a Diploma of merit for their tales. The last job he published was «Ensenada. A new Memory «(2018), in which it focuses on a girl who lived the first years of Peronism, as well as its overthrow and proscription.

In recent years he worked in the National Library, in charge of tracing and rescuing archives of Argentine writers.

The Argentinean writer Leopoldo Brizuela. File. /EFE

Besides Piñeiro, other personalities and organizations of the Argentinean literature showed their respect towards the figure of the writer and translator and regretted their loss. From the publisher Penguin Random House, where Brizuela had published several novels under the label Alfaguara, showed an «infinite sadness» by the death of the writer. The author of novels, Tales and poetry, as well as narrator and translator, has books that have been translated into German, French, Italian and Portuguese. Among them, are «weaving water» (Fortabat Prize 1985), «Fado» (1995), «The ones that we got Farther» (2002) and «Lisboa. A melodrama «(Finalist of the Rómulo Gallegos Prize 2011). Brizuela was a resident writer at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; From the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, USA; and received a grant from the Goulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon for the study of Portuguese culture. He was also a regular contributor to literary supplements and coordinated creative writing workshops. 



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