Spanish Writer & Cervantes Award Winner Ana Maria Matute Passes Away at 88

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Award-winning Spanish author Ana Maria Matute passed away on Wednesday at the age of 88. 

Reuters reports Matute died of a heart attack in her hometown of Barcelona, Spain. 

The Spanish author penned dozens works, including Los Abel, Los Soldados Lloran de Noche, and La Trampa. She won multiple prizes and accolades during her illustrious career, including the 2010 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's top literary honor. 

Many of her novels focused upon the Spanish Civil War, which lasted from 1936 to 1939. Just 10-years-old when the war broke out, Matute focused her attentions on childhood and lost innocence. She often wrote about the devastation of rural Spain under Francisco Franco's regime.  "[The war] marked us all, those of us that were children at the time," she told El Pais in 2009. "Even now, I can't stand fireworks. They sound the same as bombs."

Rest in Peace, Ana Maria Matute. Were you a fan of her works?

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