Spanish writer Fernando Arrabal, who was hospitalized Thursday in Paris for a heart problem, is "doing fine, is conscious and his condition is not critical," although he is being "closely monitored," his agent told Efe.

Arrabal, who on Friday was to have received an award in New York, felt bad when he was working with a colleague and they decided to call a doctor to attend him on an urgent basis, the agent added.

The 81-year-old novelist, playwright and filmmaker never lost consciousness and even joked with the doctor who examined him, his agent said.

Given his condition, the doctor decided to have him taken to a medical center in the French capital, where he is currently being monitored.

Although it is too early to know what the course of his illness will be, the agent said that Arrabal will be hospitalized for at least a week.

The writer is "tired, but in good spirits," she added.

Arrabal was scheduled to travel to New York on Friday to receive the 2013 Gabarron International Prize for Letters.

In the Big Apple, he had been scheduled to participate in several events, including university talks, the screening of his film works and colloquia.

Born in Melilla in 1932, Arrabal has lived in Paris since 1955. EFE