Wednesday, 15 January 2014

RIP Juan Gelman

I was sorry to hear of the death of renowned Argentine poet, Juan Gelman (3 May 1930 – 14 January 2014).

Gelman had a deeply personal connection to the Argentine "dirty war": like many other intellectuals, he was forced into exile. Moreover, his son and pregnant daughter-in-law were disappeared by the military regime. Much later, Gelman was able to be reunited with his granddaughter. You can read previous posts on the Gelman family here.

A beautiful tribute using his own words on the front of Pagina/12 here:

Argentinian poet Juan Gelman, fierce critic of the 'dirty war', dies aged 83 (Guardian)
Renowned Argentine poet Juan Gelman, 83, dies in Mexico (BBC)
Cinco poemas de Juan Gelman (Ñ)
El hombre que hizo hablar a las palabras más allá de la muerte (Pagina/12)

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