Mario Bennedetti dies, illustrates Uruguayan writer and Cuban´s friend
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- South America
- 05 / 18 / 2009
His most famous novel, La Tregua, was published in 1960, and reissued 150 times in 20 languages. Benedetti once confessed that he wrote in order to share his ideas, emotions and thoughts with the rest of the world and not to become famous. In his 60-year career as a novelist, he published more than 80 novels, poems, plays and short stories.
From 1973 to 1985, during a period of military dictatorship in Uruguay, Benedetti lived in exile in Buenos Aires, Lima, Havana, and Spain. Following the restoration of democracy, he divided his time between Montevideo and Madrid.
More recently, on January 26, 2006, Benedetti became involved along with other internationally renowned figures in demanding sovereignty for Puerto Rico.
In November 2006, the Congress for the Independence of Puerto Rico approved a resolution in favor of the island-nation's right to assert its independence, as ratified unanimously by political parties from twenty-two Latin American countries.
Garcia Marquez's request for the recognition of Puerto Rico's independence was obtained at the behest of the Puerto Rican Independence Party.