Exiled Cuban writer and poet dies at 56 in México City

Cuban-born writer and journalist Eliseo Alberto, living in exile in México, has died at the age of 59.

Alberto, nicknamed Lichi, died Sunday at a hospital in Mexico City after receiving a kidney transplant July 18.

He was celebrated as one of the best contemporary Spanish-language poetry and prose writers. He also wrote television scripts and taught at film schools in México and elsewhere.

Alberto said his books explored Christian themes such as regret, forgiveness and punishment.

In 1998, he received the Premio Alfaguara de Novela, an international Spanish-language literary award, for his novel “Caracol Beach.”

Alberto was born in 1951 in Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba, and was the son of Cuban poet and intellectual Eliseo Diego.

In his autobiographical work “Informe contra mi mismo” he described how the Cuban security authorities asked him to report on his father’s activities.

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