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Mario Benedetti

Biography

Mario Orlando Hamlet Hardy Brenno Benedetti was born in Paso de los Toros in 1920. His family moved to Montevideo when he was four. His schooling was erratic because of financial difficulties in the family. At the age of fourteen, he was working as a car mechanic and then, when he was eighteen, he moved to Buenos Aires. On returning to Montevideo, he started work for a weekly magazine and continued to write for it till it was closed by the government in 1974. At that time, he again went into exile and, though he returned after ten years, he still lived part of the time in Madrid. He started writing at a very young age and has been highly prolific, writing novels, stories, plays, poems and essays, as well as writing for various magazines and newspapers. Though he is considered one of Latin America’s leading writers, he is barely known in the English-speaking world and only two of his novels have been translated into English. He died in 2009.

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El dramaturgo Mario Benedetti (in Spanish)
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Bibliography

1945 La víspera indeleble (poetry)
1948 Peripecia y novella (essays)
1949 Esta mañana (later: Esta mañana y otros cuentos) (stories)
1950 Sólo mientras tanto (Only in the Meantime) (poetry)
1951 El último viaje y otros cuentos (stories)
1951 Marcel Proust y otros ensayos (essays)
1953 Quién de nosotros (novel)
1953 Ustedes, por ejemplo (drama)
1956 Poemas de la oficina (later: Poemas de la oficina y otros expedientes) (poetry)
1956 Te quiero (poetry)
1958 El reportaje
1959 Montevideanos (stories)
1960 La tregua (The Truce) (novel)
1960 El país de la cola de paja (essays)
1961 Mejor es Meneallo (humor)
1961 Poemas del hoyporhoy (poetry)
1963 Ida y vuelta (drama)
1963 Inventario uno (poetry)
1963 Noción de patria (poetry)
1963 Literatura uruguaya siglo XX (essays)
1965 Gracias por el fuego [Thanks for the Light] (novel)
1965 Próximo prójimo (poetry)
1966 Contra los puentes levadizos (poetry)
1966 Genio y figura de José Enrique Rodó (literature)
1967 Letras del continente mestizo (essays)
1967 Antología natural
1967 A ras de sueño (poetry)
1967 Datos para el viudo (stories)
1968 Dos comedias (drama)
1968 La muerte y otras sorpresas (stories)
1968 Sobre artes y oficios: ensayo (essays)
1969 Cuaderno cubano (journalism)
1969 Quemar las naves (poetry)
1970 Cuentos completos (stories)
1971 Crítica cómplice (criticism)
1971 El cumpleaños de Juan Angel (Juan Angel’s Birthday) (novel)
1972 Los poetas comunicantes (journalism)
1972 Crónicas del 71 (journalism)
1973 Terremoto y después (journalism)
1973 Letras de emergencia (poetry)
1974 Daniel Viglietti (essays)
1974 Poemas de otros (poetry)
1974 El recurso del supremo patriarca (literature)
1974 El escritor latinoamericano y la revolución posible (essays)
1974 Hasta aquí (essays)
1976 La casa y el ladrillo (poetry)
1977 Con y sin nostalgia (stories)
1979 Cotidianas (poetry)
1979 Notas sobre algunas formas subsidiarias de la penetración cultural (essays)
1979 Pedro y el capitán (Pedro and The Captain) (drama)
1981 El ejercicio del criterio (essays)
1981 Viento del exilio (poetry)
1982 Primavera con una esquina rota (Springtime in a Broken Mirror) (novel)
1982 Panorama histórico-literario de nuestra América (essays)
1984 Geografías (stories and poems)
1984 El desexilio y otras conjeturas (essays)
1985 La cultura, ese blanco móvil (essays)
1985 Escritos politicos (essays)
1985 Noción de patria (poetry)
1986 Cultura entre dos fuegos (essays)
1986 Preguntas al azar (poetry)
1987 Subdesarrollo y letras de osadia (essays)
1987 Yesterday y mañana (poetry)
1988 Canciones del más acá (poetry)
1988 Literatura uruguaya siglo XX
1988 Recuerdos olvidados (stories)
1989 La cultura, ese blanco móvil (essays)
1989 Despistes y franquezas (stories)
1991 Las soledades de Babel (poetry)
1991 La muerte y otras sorpresas
1991 La realidad y la palabra (essays)
1991 Las soledades de Babel (novel)
1993 La borra del cafe (novel)
1993 Canciones del más acá (songs)
1993 45 años de escritos criticos: 1948-1993
1993 Inventario uno: poesia completa, 1950-1985
1993 El césped y otros relatos (stories)
1993 Perplejidades de fin de siglo (essays)
1994 Articulario: desexilio y perplejidades, reflexiones desde el sur (journalism)
1994 Cuentos completos: 1947-1994 (stories)
1994 Inventario dos: poesia completa, 1986-1991 (poetry)
1994 Poetas de cercanias (literature)
1995 El olvido esta Ileno de memoria (poetry)
1996 El amor, las mujeres y la vida (poetry)
1996 Andamios [Scaffolds] (novel)
1996 El ejercicio del criterio: obra critica: 1950-1994 (essays)
1997 Blood Pact & Other Stories
1998 La vida ese paréntesis (poetry)
1998 Corazón coraza y otros poemas (poetry)
1998 Contra los puente levadizos (poetry)
1999 Rincón de Haikus (poetry)
1999 Letras de emergencia (1969-1973) (poetry)
1999 Buzón de tiempo (stories)
2000 El hombre que aprendió a ladrar y otros cuentos (children’s)
2000 La sirena viuda (stories)
2000 La casa y el ladrillo, 1976-1977 (poetry)
2000 Acordes cotidianos (poetry)
2001 El mundo que respiro (poetry)
2001 Viento del exilio: (1980-1981) (poetry)
2001 Preguntas al azar (poetry)
2001 Utopías en foco: con manuscritos del poeta (literature)
2001 Todo para El Salvador (stories)
2002 Insomnios y Duermevelas (poetry)
2002 Despistes y franquezas, 1990 (poetry)
2002 Poemas de otros, 1973-1974 (poetry)
2002 Del amor y del exilio (story)
2003 Inventario tres (poetry)
2003 Existir todavía (poetry)
2003 El porvenir de mi pasado (stories)
2003 Piedritas en la Ventana (Little Stones at My Window) (poetry)
2004 Defensa propia (poetry)
2004 Defensa propia : 60 poemas y 85 bagatelas (poetry)
2004 Memoria y esperanza (poetry)
2004 Cincuenta sonetos (poetry)
2005 Adioses y bienvenidas (poetry)
2005 Sentir y amar: trece poemas de amor (poetry)
2005 Estos poetas son míos (essays)
2006 Canciones del que no canta (poetry)
2006 Nuevo rincón de haikus (poetry)
2006 Transparencia y otros cuentos (stories)
2007 Historias de París (stories)
2007 Daniel Viglietti, desalambrando (biography)
2008 Testigo de uno mismo (poetry)
2008 Vivir adrede (essay)
2009 Inventario cuatro (poetry)
2009 Poesía completa 2002-2006 (poetry)
2010 Biografía para encontrarme (poetry)
2010 The Rest is Jungle and Other Stories (stories)
2012 Witness: The Selected Poems of Mario Benedetti (poetry)