Eduardo Belgrano Rawson
© Ary Kaplan
Eduardo Belgrano Rawson was born in a small village in Argentina in 1943. He studied Journalism and Cinema Studies and wrote film scripts. A few years ago he gave up his profession as a journalist to dedicate himself exclusively to writing.
His first novel, No se turbe vuestro corazón (“May your Heart not be disturbed”), was recommended for publication by Julio Cortázar himself and talks about the innocence of childhood and the mercilessness of war. Five years later, with his book El náufrago de las estrellas (“Shipwreck of the Stars”), Eduardo Belgrano Rawson had already made a name for himself as one of Argentina’s most brilliant narrators. The novel was awarded the Premio del Club de los Trece. It is a story of tragedy as well as profound love. Belgano Rawson is one of the very few Latin American authors to be compared to great Anglo-Saxon literary figures such as Hemingway and Ondaatje.
Belgrano Rawson’s Shipwreck of the Stars tempts the reader by its forceful but gently chosen language and the change of pace between realistic sequences of images and finely shaded poetic atmospheres. Beyond the raging sea, the heartbeats of his figures can be heard until their last breath.
Fuegia (Tierra del Fuego) was awarded the Critics' Prize as best Argentine novel in 1992. Here the author gives an account of the last days of the people on Tierra del Fuego at the beginning of the 20th Century. After being raped, the native Camilena Kippa decides to leave the English Mission with her family. The danger-ous path to their destination, the country of seals, leads through the area of shepherds, the territory of the white intruders. With a language that is simulta-neously austere and poetic, the author depicts the apocalypse of this part of the world. In one of Argentina's most important newspapers, La Nación, the novel was celebrated as Argentina's most moving novel of the last decades.
Fuegia is going to be adopted as a documentary. Currently, the author is working on the screen-play.
Fuegia is a true story made up of horrifying and tender episodes, which Belgrano Rawson revolves around in a harsh and poetic language.
After Noticias secretas de América (“Secret News from America”), where the author recorded the history of his continent in the way he would have liked to have been introduced to it, he published the novel Setembrada. Although set during the bitter war between the alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay against the small country of Paraguay from 1865 to 1870, one is compelled to follow the story, as if it were taking place at present. Belgrano uses short and precise sentences to tell a moving story of love and friendship in war.
In Rosa de Miami (“Rose from Miami”), the reader is kidnapped to the Caribbean of the 1960s right up to the present, populated with fictional as well as real characters such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway. Belgrano Rawson once again mocks all official historiography and instead tells of people who, as victims or culprits or both simultaneously, were involved in these historic events, each in their own personal way.
With Rosa from Miami, the Argentinean author Eduardo Belgrano Rawson has achieved a magnificent portrait of an era. One listens to his many-voiced narrative with ethe same delight as Rider would have to Radio Swan.
Eduardo Belgrano Rawson has written the definitive novel about Cuba.
Belgrano Rawson's latest novel El sermón de La Victoria ("The Sermon of La Victoria") tells the riveting tales of Nelson and Jorge's doomed fates, based on two genuine cases. Nelson is held responsible for a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison while Jorge’s wife and newborn son disappear during the dictatorship, like so many others. Both become victims of a state that has not yet overcome all the shadows of that time.
No se turbe vuestro corazón, Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 1974, 238 p.; Fiordo Editorial, forthcoming
Barcelona: Seix Barral 2000
El náufrago de las estrellas, Buenos Aires: Pomaire 1979; Sudamericana 1992;
Barcelona: Seix Barral 2000, 216 p.
Cuba: Arte y Literatura 2002 ● France: Actes Sud 1998 ● Germany: C.H. Beck 2001
Fuegia, Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 1991, Seix Barral 1999, 245 p.
Barcelona: Altaya 1996
English sample translation available
France: Actes Sud 1997, pb 2007 ● Germany: C.H. Beck 2003 ● Portugal: Quetzal 2009
Noticias secretas de América, Buenos Aires: Planeta 1998, revised edition 2008, 441 p.
Setembrada, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2001, 173 p.
Uruguay: Ediciones de la Banda Oriental 2009
Rosa de Miami, Buenos Aires: Seix Barral 2005, 285 p.
France: Actes Sud 2007 ● Germany: C.H. Beck 2006, Audiobook Radioropa 2007, dtv 2009 ● Greece: Opera 2009 ● Italy: La Nuova Frontiera 2007
El Sérmon de La Victoria, Buenos Aires: El Clarín 2011, Planeta 2012, 280 p.
Germany: C.H. Beck 2010
El mundo se derrumba y nosotros nos enamoramos, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2006, 156 p.
UK: Hesperus Press 2010
Vamos fusilando mientras llega la orden
Buenos Aires: Planeta 2013, 199 p.