Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mario Benedetti 1920-2009

From BBC News:
Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, whose novels were widely translated and poems set to music, has died at the age of 88 at his home in Montevideo.

Benedetti's work chronicled the life of Uruguay's middle-class and was popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

He lived in exile from 1973 to 1983 during military rule in Uruguay and was well-known as a supporter of the Cuban government.
More information about Benedetti from Wikipedia.

Update (20th May 2009): Some more obituaries and tributes: El Habanreo, The New York Times and The LA Times.


  1. Anonymous2:10 am

    How dry!
    A poet has turned off his light.
    '...was well known as a supporter of"... just causes, of love over rancor and forgetfullnes.
    In his own words, "In that future society in which we dream, we will have all the freedoms.
    The only freedom we shall not have is the freedom to choose the injustice"
    Jose Luis Gonzalez
    Harrison, NJ

  2. Thanks Jose, I confess to not knowing much about Benedetti's work but have now posted a few more links.


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