Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gotzon Garate

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Basque writer Gotzon Garate dies at 74


He wrote about 30 books in Basque. He mainly became famous for his crime novels and for his works about the oral Basque language. He will be buried on Thursday in Loiola.

The Basque writer Gotzon Garate, one of the greatest exponents of the Basque language and literature, died last night in Bilbao, at the age of 74, after a long illness. Garate will be buried on Thursday in the Sanctuary of Loiola.

Gotzon Garate was born in the Basque town of Elgoibar in 1934 and he became a distinguished writer and philologist with a great curriculum: Doctor of Philosophy in Madrid, Theology Graduate in Austria, Romance Philology Graduate in Bilbao, expert of Marxist Sociology in Switzerland and Professor of Basque Literature in the University of Deusto (Bilbao) are some of his degrees.

He has made analyses about Marx, Mao or Lenin, and he even had time to write tales, crime novels or articles. Among all his awards, the one received in 2005, the ‘Argizaiola’ award, is remarkable.

After suffering a cancer during the last months, Gotzon Garate died last night in Bilbao. His burial will take place on Thursday, October 9, in the Sanctuary of Loiola and the funeral will be the same day in the University of Deusto.

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