Chilean writer Jorge Edwards died on Friday in Madrid. Edwards was 91 years old and one of the most important writers in the Spanish language, winning the National Prize for Literature in 1994 and the Cervantes Prize in 1999.
Author of novels such as “The Weight of the Night”, “The Stone Visitors”, “The Wax Museum”, “The Host”, “The Origin of the Universe”, “The Dream of History” or “The Junk de. la familia also wrote short stories, essays and memoirs, they Shore “Persona non grata” (1973), the first Latin American intellectual critic of the Cuban regime.
The Chilean is also the author of the biography “Adiós, Poeta”, winner of the 1990 Comillas Prize for History, Biography and Memoirs, in which he presented his fellow poet Pablo Neruda in a personal and original way.
Born in Santiago de Chile in 1931, Edwards has always been committed to democracy, freedom and human rights, and this is reflected in his career, both literary and diplomatic.
He studied law and philosophy at the universities of Chile and Princeton (USA) and over the years held various diplomatic positions in Latin America and Europe. Edwards was expelled from Cuba by the Castro regime, and after the Pinochet coup, he was exiled to his native Chile in Spain, where he has lived until now.
“As for Latin America, it can be said that many terrible things happened, but life went on. Everything was difficult, but we survived. We survived,” the writer told El Cultural in magazine Interview conducted in 2019.
After fleeing Chile, Edwards took refuge in Barcelona, where he worked as director of the publishing house Difusora Internacional and collaborated with the publishing house Seix Barral. In 2010, he received Spanish citizenship.
Source: El Diario