Jorge Amado (1912-2001)

Death: 6th August 2001
Location: House of Jorge Amado Foundation, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. 
Ashes buried under a Mango tree in the garden. 
Cause of death: Heart failure

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Brazilian writer of the modernist school. His work has been translated into forty-nine languages and popularised in film, notably Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands in 1978. He occupied the 23rd chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1961 until his death in 2001.

Carl Sandburg (1879-1967)

Death: 22nd July 1967
Location: Carl Sandburg Birthplace, Galesburg, Knox County, llinois, United States. Ashes buried beneath the granite ‘Remembrance Rock’ in the back garden.

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American writer and editor who is best remembered for his poetry. In 1919 Sandburg won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Corn Huskers. He won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History for The War Years, the second volume of his Abraham Lincoln, and a second Pulitzer for Poetry in 1951 for Complete Poems.

Max Aub (1903-1972)

Death: 22nd July 1972
Location: Panteon Civil de Dólores, Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexican-Spanish experimentalist novelist, playwright and literary critic. Aub was born in Paris to a Jewish French mother and German father, who was a travelling salesman. At the outbreak of World War I, his father was in Spain on business and could not return to France, as he had become an enemy alien. Max and his mother joined him there and they all took Spanish citizenship.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Republican government posted Aub to Paris as a cultural attaché. In 1937, he was responsible for placing Picasso's "Guernica" on display at the International Exposition, and took part in the organisation of the Second Congress of Anti-Fascists Writers.
By 1940, the Franco regime had come to consider him a serious opponent, and in March 1940 he was denounced to the new Vichy government of France as a militant communist and a "German-Jew", and therefore a possible spy or traitor. He was imprisoned for a year in Camp Vernet before being deported to the forced labour camp of Djelfa in Algeria. In 1942, with the help of a guard, he escaped. Soon thereafter, he was able to find passage from Casablanca to Mexico, followed shortly by his wife and children.
In Mexico he worked as screenwriter and journalist. He became a Mexican citizen in 1955 and lived in Mexico City until his death.
The centrepiece of his work is the impressive cycle of novels El laberinto mágico / The Magic Labyrinth about the Spanish Civil War, written between 1943 and 1968: Campo Cerrado, translated into English as Field of Honour (1943), Campo abierto (1951), Campo de Sangre (1945), Campo del Moro (1963), Campo de los Almendros (1965) and Campo Frances (1968).

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)

Death: 3rd July 1908
Location: Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Cause of death: Acute nephritis and complications from cirrhosis of the liver

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American journalist and folklorist. He is best known for his collection of Uncle Remus stories, from the African-American oral storytelling tradition, which feature Br'er Rabbit. The stories represented a significant break from the fairy tales of the Western tradition: instead of a singular event in a singular story, the critters on the plantation existed in an ongoing community saga. 

Harris described Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, as a major influence on the characters of Uncle Remus. Harris's influence on British children's writers such as Kipling, Milne, Potter and Blyton is substantial.

Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks (1954-2013)

Death: 9th June 2013
Location: Cremated. Majority of ashes left in urn and sunk where his fathers are sunk in Loch Shiel. Some ashes put in a rocket and fired over the Forth, some in the Grand Canal in Venice, a small amount sprinkled outside a certain cafe in Paris, and some scattered on a beach in Barra.
Cause of death: Cancer - Gallbladder
Photo taken by: 
Gil Cavalcanti

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Scottish author who wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory (1984), Banks began to write on a full-time basis. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theatre, radio and television. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
On 3 April 2013, Banks announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the gallbladder and was unlikely to live beyond a year.