Santiago de Chile, Jul 29 (EFE) .- The literature of the Chilean writer and diplomat Jorge Edwards opened Chile to the world and is essential to know the country where his generation lived, the president of the Chilean Academy of Language has told Efe, Adriana Valdés, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary this Thursday of the author of works such as “El peso de la noche” (1965).
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“It is from the living people that we can value the most from the point of view of their creative and intellectual achievement and their capacity for political criticism,” says Valdés, who at this point has recalled his book “Persona non grata” (1973) , about his diplomatic experience in Cuba.
“It was banned in Chile by the military – from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) – and with respect to Cuba it was one of the first warning signs of intellectual freedom in conflict with revolutionary ideas,” says the academic.
For Valdés, Edwards’s work, together with that of his contemporaries from the Generation of 50, opened Chilean literature “to the rest of the world” with less reference to the peasant and more to the urban, adding references from other literatures of the given world. the great reading voracity that this group of writers displayed.
“Another thing that seems very extraordinary to me in Jorge Edwards’ work is the sensitivity with which he captures the social layers of Chilean culture and society. He is a great witness and describes the class system in Chile with great insight and a critical spirit. “, comments Valdés.
“When we want to know what Chile was like in that generation, we have to turn to Jorge Edwards,” the academic abounds.
Edwards is the author of dozens of novels, short stories, essays and stories of experiences, and is currently the last edition of the third volume of his memoirs.
He treasures a long list of recognitions, among which the 1999 Cervantes Prize stands out, being the first Chilean writer to receive it.