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Mexico: Exiled Cuban writer Eliseo Alberto dies

Eliseo Alberto, a Cuban-born writer living in exile in Mexico, died Sunday at a hospital just days after receiving a kidney transplant, the Mexican government's National Institute of Fine Arts said. He was 59.

Alberto, author of the melancholic novel "Caracol Beach," worked many years as a journalist in his native Cuba before he became an exile in Mexico in 1990. He received Mexican citizenship in 2000.

Affectionately known as "Lichi," Albert said his books explored Christian themes such as regret, forgiveness and punishment. He also wrote poetry, TV and movie scripts, and taught at film schools in Cuba, Mexico and the United States.

In 1998, Alberto received the Premio Alfaguara de Novela, an international Spanish-language literary award.

Alberto was born Sept. 10, 1951 in Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba.