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Francisco Ayala
Ayala in March 2007
Ayala in March 2007
Born Francisco Ayala García-Duarte
(1906-03-16)16 March 1906
Granada, Spain
Died 3 November 2009(2009-11-03) (aged 103)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Spanish
Period 1925–2009

Francisco Ayala García-Duarte (16 March 1906 – 3 November 2009) was a Spanish writer. He was the last representative of the Generation of '27.

He was a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts from 1997 until his death. He was known for his short stories about the Spanish Civil War. His best known works were El As de Bastos (The Ace of Staves, 1963), El rapto (The Kidnap, 1965), and El jardín de las delicias (The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1971).

Ayala died in Madrid, 3 November 2009, at the age of 103.

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