Daniel Chavarría

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Daniel Chavarría
Born(1933-11-23)23 November 1933
San José de Mayo
Died6 April 2018(2018-04-06) (aged 84)
Havana, Cuba
OccupationWriter, Translator

Daniel Chavarría (23 November 1933[1] – 6 April 2018)[2] was a Uruguayan revolutionary, writer and translator, who lived in Cuba since the 1960s. He had a son with Dora Salazar, Daniel Chavarria, and raised his sister.

Life and works[edit]

Daniel Chavarría was born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay.[1]

In 1964, while Chavarría was living in Brazil, there was a military coup and he fled to work amongst the gold seekers in the Amazon. Later on, he fled to Cuba. There he began working as a Latin and Greek translator and teacher. Subsequently he began his career as a writer. Daniel Chavarría defined himself as a Uruguayan citizen and a Cuban writer.

Chavarría’s style of writing is within the Latin American tradition of political writers, such as Gabriel García Márquez. He mentioned that as a child, he read Jules Verne, Emilio Salgari and Alexandre Dumas, and their influence can be detected in his writing. For example, in Tango for a Torturer, the influence of The Count of Monte Cristo is clear.

Chavarría’s life and writings clearly show his communist and revolutionary background. He was a well known supporter of the Cuban Revolution.[2]

In 2010, Chavarría won Cuba's National Prize for Literature.[3][4]

Chavarría died in Havana on 6 April 2018, aged 84.[citation needed]


  • 1978 Joy
  • 1984 The 6th Island
  • 1991 Allá Ellos
  • 1993 The Eye of Cybele
  • 1994 Adiós muchachos
  • 1999 That Year in Madrid
  • 2001 Tango for a Torturer
  • 2001 El rojo en la pluma del loro
  • 2004 Viudas de sangre
  • 2005 Príapos
  • 2006 Una pica en Flandes



  • Aniversario de la Revolución, La Habana, 1975.
  • Capitán San Luis, 1978.

The 6th island:

  • Premio de la Crítica, La Habana.

Allá ellos:

The Eye of Cybele:

  • Planeta-Joaquín Mortiz, México, 1993.
  • Educación y Cultura, Montevideo, 1994.
  • Ennio Flaiano, Pescara, 1998.
  • Premio de la Crítica, La Habana.

Adiós Muchachos:

Tango for a Torturer:

Viudas de sangre:

  • Premio Alejo Carpentier, La Habana, 2004.



  1. ^ a b Chavarría, Daniel; Vasco, Justo E. (1990). Completo Camagüey (in Spanish). Editorial Letras Cubanas.
  2. ^ a b "Falleció Daniel Chavarría, ícono de la literatura policial en América Latina". Granma.cu (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  3. ^ Staff writer (February 12, 2011). "Daniel Chavarría gets National Literature Prize". Havana Times. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff writer (2011). "Uruguay's Daniel Chavarria Wins Cuban Literature Prize". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2012.

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