Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Álvaro Mutis, Celebrated Colombian Writer, Is Dead at 90

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 10:48 a.m. ET

Poet, novelist, and essayist Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo, who drew on his lifelong wanderings to create the character of Maqroll the Lookout (Maqroll el Gaviero, in Spanish), a modern-day philosophizing, seafaring adventurer, died on September 22 in Mexico City.

Mr. Mutis received prestigious literary honors including the Prince of Asturias Award, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, and the Neustadt Prize. But for years he went undernoticed in the literary world while eeking out a living in the corporate world.

He worked as public relations manager for Standard Oil and sales manager with 20th Century Fox and then with Columbia Pictures until his retirement at age 60. Among other curiosities, he provided the voice-over for the Spanish-language version of the TV crime drama “The Untouchables” and sold re-run broadcast rights in Latin America to programs such as “Punky Brewster,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Fantasy Island.”

Read more at The Washington Post, The Guardian, Clarín


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