A political activist and critical journalist since his youth, Gelman has not only been a literary paradigm but also a moral one, within and outside of Argentina. Return to Book Page. Juan Gelman Annie Costello rated it liked it Jan 07, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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As a boy he read Russian and European literature widely under the tutelage of his brother Boris. He developed an interest in poetry at a very young age, influenced by his brother Boris, who read to him several poems in Russian, a language that the boy did not know.
As a young man he was a member of several notable literary groups and later became an important journalist. He also worked as a translator at the United Nations. He was always an ardent political activist. In he became involved with the Montoneros , though he later distanced himself from the group. After the Argentine coup , he was forced into exile from Argentina. In , his son Marcelo and his pregnant daughter-in-law, Maria Claudia, aged 20 and 19, were kidnapped from their home.
They became two of the 30, desaparecidos , the people who were forcibly "vanished" without a trace during the reign of the military junta.
The remains of Maria Claudia have not yet been recovered. Gelman included Uruguayan police officer Hugo Campos Hermida in a legal suit lodged in Spain for the " disappearance " of his daughter-in-law in Uruguay. Macarena , who had lived as an adopted child, took the surnames of her parents and started a career as a human rights activist.
Death[ edit ] Gelman died at age 83 of complications with preleukemia at his home in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. Hechos y Relaciones, Barcelona, Lumen, Si dulcemente, Barcelona, Lumen, Citas y Comentarios, Visor Madrid, Anunciaciones, Madrid, Visor, Dibaxu, Buenos Aires, Seix Barral, Incompletamente, Buenos Aires, Seix Barral, Valer la pena, Buenos Aires, Seix Barral, Mundar, Buenos Aires, Seix Barral, De palabra
Juan Gelman: El juego en que andamos