Luis Sepúlveda Chilean author dies at age 70 because of coronavirus

Luis Sepúlveda Chilean author dies at age 70 because of coronavirus

Chile’s best-selling author Luis Sepúlveda has died in COVID-19 in Spain at the age of 70.

Luis Sepúlveda spent six weeks in a hospital in Oviedo after receiving symptoms following a trip to a learning festival in Portugal.

Luis Sepúlveda became known worldwide after the publication of his novel The Old Man Who Read Love Stories in 1988.

As a social scientist, he was imprisoned in Chile under Gen Augusto Pinochet’s military regime before his deportation.

He was one of the many right-wing authors, activists and scholars targeted by the right-wing general who ousted Socialist President Salvador Allende in 1973.

Sepúlveda was jailed in 1973 for heresy and spent two and a half years in prison, a term he later wrote in the Madness of Pinochet and other articles.

He was released because of pressure from the Amnesty International rights group and lived in hiding in Chile for one year before being arrested and sent into exile.

His award-winning The Old Man Who Read Love Love is based on the time he spent living with the indigenous Shuar people on the Ecuadorean Amazon. Manages a siege of engineers, hunters and goldsmiths in the rain forest.

The novel was turned into a film by the name of Richard Dreyfuss.

Sepúlveda also directed films and written material for children’s books. Many of her students have taken to social media to say how she inspired them through works such as The Story of A Seagull and The Cat Who Did Her Her To Fly.


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