Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute dies at 88

MADRID (AP) — Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute, an award-winning author best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, has died. She was 88.

The Spanish Royal Academy for Language, of which she was a member, said she died Wednesday in the northeastern city of Barcelona where she was born and lived.

She died in Barcelona Hospital; the cause of death was not disclosed.

Matute won many Spanish literary awards, including the 2010 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's top literary honor.

She also won Spain's National Literature Award for Children's and Young People's Literature in 1984 and Spain's National Literature Award in 2007.

Among her most popular novels are "Los Abel" (The Abels), "Los Soldados Lloran de Noche" (Soldiers Cry By Night), and "La Trampa" (The Trap).

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