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Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia dies at 75

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017

Argentine novelist and short story writer Ricardo Piglia has died at the age of 75.

Piglia, one of the most important Argentine writers of the past 50 years, had been suffering for several years from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

He published his first collection of short stories, The Invasion, in 1967, and followed this with five novels, and other collections of stories and essays.

The 1980 novel Artificial Respiration, a detective novel which also examines his country's bloody past, brought Piglia international recognition and was regarded as a turning point in modern Argentine literature.

For his 2011 novel Target in the Night he was honoured with Venezuela's Romulo Gallegos Prize and in 2015 received Spain's Formentor Prize for his lifetime's work.

Piglia, who lectured and Harvard and Princeton universities in the US, also wrote several film scripts and his novel Money to Burn was turned into a movie by Marcelo Pineyro, winning a Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in 2001.

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