One of Spain’s most acclaimed writers Miguel Delibes has died. He was 89 and had been battling cancer for several years.
Famed for his gritty depictions of rural life in post civil-war Spain he started off as a cartoonist at a local newspaper before becoming a reporter, editor and finally a novelist.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years Delibes said there were common themes to his work.
‘‘In my books, in all my books there were four essential elements. Nature, death, sensitivity towards ones loved ones and childhood,’‘ he said.
In 1993 he was awarded the Spanish-speaking world’s top literary award, the Cervantes Prize, by Spain’s King Juan Carlos. Delibes was also part of the official watchdog of the Spanish language, the Royal Academy.
Often shunning the limelight the prolific author was from Valladolid in Central Spain and his passion for hunting and the countryside repeatedly surfaced in his work. Delibes is reported to have passed away surrounded by his family.