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    Poet Álvaro Mutis Dead at 90

    CORRECTS DATE OF DEATH.- In this Sunday Nov. 25, 2007, Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis smiles during a tribute for him at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Mexico's cultural arts commission said that famed Colombian poet and author Alvaro Mutis has died in Mexico Sunday Sept. 22, 2013. He was 90 years old.  Mutis was considered one of the most important Latin American writers of his time, with his work earning major international honors such as the Xavier Villaurrutia, Prince of Asturias and Cervantes prizes.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

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    Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo, the prolific Colombian man of letters, died Sunday in Mexico City at the age of 90. Though he worked as a broadcaster, film executive, radio actor, and newspaper columnist, Mutis was most well known for his writing. Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez called Mutis "one of the greatest writers of our time." Mutis’s most enduring creation remains the wandering sailor Maqroll, the star of his many novellas collected in The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. "The millions of friends and admirers of Álvaro Mutis profoundly lament his death,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote. “All of Colombia honors him."

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