Obit Briefs: Oscar Hijuelos and Paul Desmarais

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Oscar Hijuelos, won Pulitzer for 1989 Latino-based novel

Oscar Hijuelos, 62, a Cuban-American novelist who wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture, becoming the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1989 book, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," died Saturday in New York City.

In novels like "Our House in the Last World" (1983), which traces a family's travails from Havana in 1939 to Spanish Harlem, and "The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien" (1993), about several generations of a Cuban-Irish family in Pennsylvania, he wrote about the non-native experience in the United States.

Paul Desmarais, Canadian built global conglomerate

Paul Desmarais, 86, who transformed a bankrupt bus line in a Canadian mining center into an international conglomerate with $527 billion in assets and, in the process, became one of his country's most powerful businessmen, died Oct. 8 at his country estate in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

Mr. Desmarais' primary corporate vehicle was the Power Corp. of Canada, originally an electrical utility. He had close ties to Canadian prime ministers and foreign heads of state.

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First Published October 16, 2013 8:00 PM


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