Argentine writer, journalist and translator Horacio Vazquez-Rial died Thursday in Madrid after a two-year battle with cancer, people close to the author told Efe. He was 65.

"He was a great creator, of a very high literary quality, controversial, like all good writers, but forgotten," said publisher Pere Sureda, a great friend of Vazquez-Rial.

"As Jorge Edwards said, the best are forgotten," Sureda told Efe.

Vazquez-Rial was born in Argentina, but he left for Barcelona in 1968, where he lived until about four years ago, when he moved to Madrid.

The first book he wrote emerged from his academic vocation and was a discussion of population policies in the Americas. In 1979, he came out with his second book, "Los borrachos en el cementerio," in which he included a series of poems.

His first novel, "Segundas personas," appeared in 1983. Two years later, he wrote "El viaje español" and the year after that his work "Oscuras materias de la luz" was published.

In 1987, he published "Historia del triste," and that same year he came out with "La libertad de Italia," the first two works of a trilogy, which was completed in 1988 with the novel "Territorios vigilados," in which he reflected on different moments in the recent history of Argentine political life.

He was nominated for the Nadal Prize in 1987 for "Historia del triste," and in March 1989 he was a finalist for the fifth edition of the Plaza y Janes Prize for his work "La Reina de oros," in which he discussed Barcelona.

Other of Vazquez-Rial's works stand out, including "El maestro de los angeles" (1997), "Las dos muertes de Gardel" (2001) and "La capital del olvido" (2003)

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