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Mario Benedetti a Fondo

Mario Benedetti published over 80 books with more than 1,200 editions translated into 25 languages. His work covers various genres: poetry, short stories, novels, essays and literary criticism. His political positions forced him to leave Uruguay, beginning exile in Buenos Aires, then on to Peru, where he was arrested, deported, and installed in Cuba in 1976. The following year, Benedetti moved to Madrid.
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2016; 1978
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Antonio Skármeta

Antonio Skármetta is the grandson of a family of immigrants from Dalmatia. He is one of the greatest literary figures of his country and internationally famous for his novel Ardiente Paciencia - El cartero de Neruda (The Postman - 1985) which was adapted to film in 1995. In 1975, the young Skármetta published his first novel: Soñé que la nieve ardía (I Dreamed that the Snow was Burning).
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2016; 1978
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Mercè Rodoreda

Mercè Rodoredais a Catalan novelist of a brief but important work; La Plaza del Diamante was translated to English in 1981 under the title The Time of the Doves. Rodoreda lived in exile for many years, mainly in Geneva.
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2016; 1980
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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Vázquez Montalbán was a poet, journalist and novelist. His novels about the detective Pepe Carvalho have been widely distributed, including several English translations.
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2016; 1979
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Antonio di Benedetto

Antonio Di Benedetto (1922, Mendoza - 1986, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine journalist and writer of Italian descent. He began to study law but later dedicated himself to journalism, becoming deputy director of the newspaper Los Andes. Di Benedetto began to write in his adolescence and came to occupy an outstanding place in contemporary Argentine narrative. Di Benedetto published his first book in 1953, Animal World, a volume of stories. Later he wrote five novels, the most famous of which is Zama. He published El Silencieroin 1964 and Los Suicidas in1969. During the last civil-military dictatorship, he was persecuted, imprisoned, and tortured, and finally released on September 4, 1977. He left the country and went into exile in Europe, returning to Argentina in 1984.
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2016; 1978
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Manuel Mújica Láinez

Manuel Mujica Láinez, the author of Bomarzo (1962), considers himself as "the result of two families who lost everything, except what you have had the good taste to call wit." He worked closely with writers like Bioy Casares, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, and Borges- "Both, Georgie and I, we've been very anti-Peronists. I struggled not to imitate him." The author of La casa (The House - 1954) and El Laberinto (The Labyrinth - 1974) says, with dreadful irony, about Spanish literature and other Latin American writers: "I try to be kind, but sometimes I can not".
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2016; 1977
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Carlos Barral

Barral was poet and editor who became known as the creator of the "Latin American Boom" through his editorial Seix Barral. In this A Fond, Barral discusses authors he published like Vargas Llosa, Puig, and Cabrera Infante, and explains his personal vision of literary phenomena in Spanish compared toothier literatures.
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2016; 1976
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Francisco Ayala

Francisco Ayala is a Spanish-American novelist and university professor. During the Spanish civil war, he was exiled first to Buenos Aires and then the United States. In the 1970s, Ayala investigated genetic variation and natural selection at the molecular level, and throughout his career, defended the teaching of evolution in public schools.
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2016; 1977
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Jorge Edwars a Fondo

Jorge Edwards was an author, lawyer, journalist, and Chilean diplomat. Throughout his career he held different diplomatic positions: executive business in Havana (1970-1971) and minister counselor in Paris (1971-1973) where he was under the command of Pablo Neruda. After the coup in Chile, he moved to Barcelona where he worked as a consultant in Seix Barral and published Persona Non Grata (1973). He is the author of numerous novels, short stories and essays.
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2016; 1976
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José Luis de Vilallonga

José Luis de Vilallonga Cabeza de Vaca, IX marquis de Castellbell (Madrid, 1920 - Andratx, Mallorca, 2007) was an aristocrat, writer and Spanish actor. He rejected the diplomatic career that his family wanted him to follow and thanks to his contacts, had the opportunity to make friends with many celebrities of the political and artistic world. He participated in over 70 films including Lovers of Louis Malle and Breakfast with Diamonds (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961). He published Allegro barbaro in 1978 and La nostalgia es un error in 1980. He was spokesman of the Democratic Board during the Transition and wrote an authoritative biography of Juan Carlos I, El Rey. Perhaps his best work is the four volume autobiography, Unauthorized Memoirs.
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2016; 1980
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Manuel Scorza

Manuel Scorza (Lima, 1928 - Madrid, 1983) was a Peruvian novelist, poet, and publisher who was attentive to the social phenomena and problems of the Peruvian nation. He was one of the highest narrators pertaining to Peruvian Indigenismo or Neoindigenismo, along with his compatriots Ciro Alegría and José María Arguedas. His first novel, Redoble by Rancas (1970), is part of a cycle called "The Ballad, The Cantatas or The Silent War;" other novels include: History of Garabombo the Invisible (1972), The Insomniac Rider (1977), Cantar de Agapito Robles (1977) and The Tomb of the Lightning (1979). This series of novels, translated into more than forty languages, has become one of the most widespread and recognized in Peruvian literature in this century. Scorza died in a plane crash in 1983.
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2016; 1977