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Salvador Benesdra

Biography

Salvador Benesdra was born in Buenos Aires in 1952. His family owned a cobbler’s shop. He studied psychotherapy and epidemiology. He worked as a journalist for many leading Argentinian newspapers and magazines, specialising in economics and politics. He spoke several languages. He was also a keen political organiser, as can be seen from his novel. He wrote one novel, published in 1995, which was a finalist for the Planeta prize. It was not published till after his death and soon went out of print and became virtually unobtainable, building up a huge cult reputation. It was republished in Argentina in late 2012, together with a book of self-help for people during times of crisis, published for the first time. Benesdra killed himself by jumping off the balcony of his apartment in 1996. He had started writing a second novel – Puntería – which was only in outline at the time of his death.

Other links

Salvador Benesdra (in Spanish)
Mapa de un tesoro oculto (in Spanish)
Salvador Benesdra, el gran realista (in Spanish)

Bibliography

1998 El traductor [The Translator]
2012 El Camino Total