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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Umbral receives Cervantes prize

The Spanish author, Francisco Umbral, has received the most important award for literature in the Spanish language, the Cervantes prize.

King Juan Carlos of Spain made the presentation at a ceremony at the town of Alcala de Henares, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.

Francisco Umbral has written numerous novels, poems and essays.

His best known works are "Las Ninfas" and "Mortal y Rosa".

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