Uruguayan Writer Mario Benedetti Dies At 88
Famous Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti passed away from liver failure at the age of 88 on Sunday. Benedetti was know as one of Latin America’s most influential writers, having had authored numerous novels, poems, short stories and plays, among them “The Truce”, “Left Wing” and "The World I Breathe.” Benedetti had spent a lot of his life in exile, fleeing the military dictatorship in Uruguay.
Mario Benedetti, a prolific Uruguayan writer whose novels and poems reflect the idiosyncrasies of Montevideo's middle class and a social commitment forged by years in exile from a military dictatorship, died Sunday, his secretary said. He was 88.
Benedetti died at his home in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, personal secretary Ariel Silva said. He had suffered from respiratory and intestinal problems for more than a year, and had been released from a hospital on May 6.
Called "Don Mario" by his friends, the mustachioed author penned more than 60 novels, poems, short stories and plays, winning honors including Bulgaria's Jristo Borev award for poetry and essays in 1985, and Amnesty International's Golden Flame in 1986. In 1999 he won the Queen Sofia prize for Iberoamerican poetry.
One of Uruguay's best-known writers, Mario Benedetti, whose poems on love and politics became popular songs and whose muse was the unassuming Uruguayan capital Montevideo, died on Sunday of liver failure, local media reported. He was 88.