Mario Benedetti (1920-2009) PDF
Written by Pedro Meyer   


The World Bids Farewell to Mario Benedetti


© Pedro Meyer


In memory to my friendship with Mario Benedetti, photographs I took of him in the seventies.

I met him this way and I will remember him so...


Pedro Meyer



Pedro Meyer


Pedro Meyer





Pedro Meyer


Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti died on May 17 in Montevideo at the age of 88.


The author of more than eighty books including poetry, novels, short stories, and essays as well as screenplays had been in delicate health since May 6 when he was discharged from the hospital following twelve days of hospitalization after a chronic intestinal ailment worsened.


During his life, he was awarded the Menéndez Pelayo International Prize (2005), the José Martí Iberoamerican Prize (2001), and the Reina Sofía Iberoamerican Poetry Prize (1999), among others.


Because of his leftist ideas, Benedetti was forced to leave Uruguay after the 1973 coup. During the Uruguayan dictatorship, he sought exile in Argentina, Spain, Peru, and Cuba, to then return to his country in 1983. Renewing ties with his country of birth was a central theme in his work.


His last published work, a book of poetry entitled "Testigo de uno mismo", was presented in August of last year and at the time of his death he was working on a new book of poems bearing the provisional title "Biografía para encontrarme."


A tribute to Benedetti was even planned for next Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Uruguayan government decreed a day of national mourning and his remains are to be lain in state in the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos in the Congressional building.




May 18, 2009





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