Mario Benedetti

“(1920-2009) Uruguayan writer. Benedetti exemplified an archetype in Latin American intellectual life: the public figure whose writing and political activism are inextricably linked. A staunch supporter of the Cuban Revolution and other left-wing causes, the dominant element in Benedetti’s work is often the individual in his or her social context. His works include the short-story collection Esta manana (1949) and Montevideanos (1959), the novels La trequa (1960; tr The Truce, 1989) and Gracias por el fuego (1965); several poetry collections including Inventorio: Poesia completa (1950-1980); the play Pedro y el capitan (1986); and numerous books of social and literary criticism, including El dexsilio y otras conjeturas (1985), a collection of his articles for the Madrid daily El Pais.”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

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