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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old April 18th, 2006, 01:47 Thread Starter
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Juan Carlos Onetti

I'm starting to read "La vida breve" (A Brief Life) by Juan Carlos Onetti. I only know he is Uruguayan and died in 1984. Can anybody give me some more information on him.
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Juan Carlos Onetti was the editor of a Uruguayan weekly (Marcha) but a good portion of his work was published in Buenos Aires (perhaps on account of the military rule in Uruguay). He won Uruguay's National Prize in literature in 1962 and was thrown in prison sometime in the 70's by the military dictatorship for choosing Nelson Marra's short story El guardaespaldas as the winner of a literary contest. The story contained the recollections of a military officer of the highest order on the horrendous atrocities he had caused. Soon after his released from prison, Onetti fled to Spain with his wife where he continued writing and received the Premio Cervantes in 1981. He died in Madrid in 1994.

The only information I have on the man is what I've gathered from hearing my Dad talk endlessly about him. He's a big fan and admirer of Onetti's work. Incidentally, it happened when my Dad, too, was a POW; so to speak.

Tell me how you found La vida breve.

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gOd add to your list "Juntacadaveres", great book, great writer, I oprefer him over Benedetti who is perhaps more faumous, a really great writer, a very vital on. You won't regreat. Unique, as almost every uruguayan thing.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old April 18th, 2006, 16:03 Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Fangio
gOd add to your list "Juntacadaveres", great book, great writer
I'd love to, but as I understood it, 'The brief life' is the first book that is translated (came out only this year) in Dutch. Which is kind of special I thought.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 23:37 Thread Starter
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I finished "The brief life" and liked it a lot. I like the depressing tone of the book enormously. The style is masterful, but it isn't an easy read. You have to stay focussed all the time, but that effort is completely rewarded.
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