JUAN BOSCH has spoken of his sadness as he revealed his wife had died aged 89.
In a candid interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, the writer and poet said he had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for years and was struggling with cancer.
His widow was a woman of very high character, and was extremely devoted to her children, Mr Bosch said.
“I am the only person who loves her, I am her son and she loved me, I can’t explain it,” he said.
The author of the acclaimed The Wind in the Willows was first diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s.
“She was a very good woman, a great mother, she was very intelligent, she had a good life, she worked very hard and very hard,” he told El País.
He also said his wife’s cancer had made it impossible to see her for five years.
“At the end of five years, I knew I was going to die,” he recalled.
The writer said he was devastated when his wife died.
“In five years I was in bed, my heart was in a panic,” he continued.
“The doctor told me, ‘I don’t think you are going to be able to do that, you have cancer’.” He said he and his wife wanted to “recover” from their loss but they were unable to cope with their grief and were afraid to go to the hospital. “
“But there was a great strength, there was love, there were hope,” he explained. “
The doctor told me, ‘I don’t think you are going to be able to do that, you have cancer’.” He said he and his wife wanted to “recover” from their loss but they were unable to cope with their grief and were afraid to go to the hospital.
“But there was a great strength, there was love, there were hope,” he explained.
“So I took my life.”
Mr Boscher was born in the town of Santa Maria del Pilar, in Catalonia, on February 22, 1926.
He moved with his family to the coastal town of Cambrils, near Barcelona, at the age of nine.
He went to the same school as his brother and sister.
He was an artist, a musician and a journalist, and spent much of his youth in the Barcelona region, where he was a writer and an amateur painter.
“My first memory of a book was in the first year of school, when my mother brought me this picture,” he recounted.
“It was a picture of the sun, with a man on the beach with his arms up and a bird in the distance, in the middle of the sea.”
Mr Borchers first novel, A Little Life, was published in 1952 and the award-winning work of fiction, The Windup Girl, in 1954.
The next book, The Long Road, was a bestseller and the first of three volumes of short stories to be published.
Mr Bosches most famous novel, the celebrated novel The Time Machine, was released in 1965 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
“To be able see the sun in a different form in my house is like being on a spaceship, in a strange country,” he wrote in The Long Time Machine.
“This feeling of being part of a dream is one of the most powerful emotions in life.”
In 2010, Mr Borcher died aged 88.