Carmen Balcells dies

Carmen Balcells dies

Literary agent Carmen Balcells has died, Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported.

Balcells, whose agency, founded in 1956, represented writers including Nobel Prize winners Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Pablo Neruda, as well as Isabel Allende and Javier Cercas, is said to have passed away in Barcelona at the age of 85. 

The newspaper said: "Balcells will go down in history as one of the driving forces behind the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s...Generations of Spanish-language writers have passed through her agency and it would be hard to understand Spanish 20th-century literature without her work."