Poet Joan Margarit, winner of the last Cervantes Prize, dies at 82

The poet Joan Margarit died in Barcelona this Tuesday at the age of 82. The writer in Catalan and Spanish had received the Cervantes Prize this year, which could not be handed to him in the traditional ceremony due to the COVID pandemic, but which the kings of Spain took to the Catalan capital last month of December.

An architect by profession and professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Joan Margarit always combines his profession with writing, mainly poetry, although he also has prose and translations. Since 1963, when he published his Cantos para la choral de un hombre solo, the Catalan has published more than thirty books with his poetry, becoming one of the most prolific authors, almost always in Catalan, but also in Spanish.

Margarit was born in Sanaüja (Lleida) during the Civil War, where her family had moved from Barcelona. He would return to the Catalan capital when he was 10 years old and would study at the Ausiàs March institute, and then join the Col·legi Major Sant Jordi. The poet was married and has had four children, of which two died.

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