Marco Denevi (Un escritor argentino) (May 12, 1922 in Sáenz Peña, Buenos Aires – December 12, 1998) was an Argentine award-winning author of novels and short stories, as well as a lawyer and journalist. His work is characterized by its originality and depth, as well as a criticism of human incompetence. His first work, a mystery called Rosaura a las diez (1955), was a Kraft award winner and a bestseller. In 1964, it was translated into English as Rosa at Ten O'Clock. Other famous works of his include Los expedientes (1957), Ceremonia Secreta (1960), El cuarto de la noche (1962), and Falsificaciones (1966).
He is less known as an essayist, but he also cultivated this genre with his República de Trapalanda (1989), a late work, in which he takes on Ezequiel Martínez Estrada and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's view of the Argentine republic.
He was born in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at a young age he began playing the piano and reading. He graduated from college in 1939, and did not receive his law degree until 1956.
In 1987 he was inducted into the Argentine Academy of Letters.
It is important to note Denevi's desire to be a playwright. He wrote many dramatic pieces but felt he was not talented enough to write for the theater in Spain.
A few secondary sources
- Gotschlich R. Guillermo. "Ceremonia secreta de Marco Denevi; enigma y ritualización". Revista Chilena de Literatura 33 (1989): 89-101.
- Ramos Escobar, José L. "Ceremonia secreta: ritos". Revista Interamericana 10 (1980-1981): 19-26.
- Ward, Thomas. "Marco Denevi y su propuesta en contra del Poder". En La resistencia cultural: la nación en el ensayo de las Américas. Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2004: 98-108.
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