Mario Bencastro

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Mario Bencastro (born 1949) is a Salvadoran novelist and painter who has also written both plays and short stories that have been published in Spanish and English.[1][2]

Mario Bencastro was born in Ahuachapán, El Salvador. For over 20 years he resided in Northern Virginia, United States near Washington DC, but in recent years he has moved to Port Saint Lucie, Florida. His works primarily concern the Salvadoran Civil War and its aftermath, including the Salvadoran Diaspora.

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  • El árbol de la vida, (1983)
  • Disparo en la catedral, (1989)
  • Odisea del norte, (1998)


  • Crossroads (1988)


  • Consuelo Hernández. "El inmigrante como sujeto polidimensional en Viaje a la tierra del abuelo". MACLAS. Latin American Essays 2011. MACLAS James Street Prize 2011.
  • Consuelo Hernández. "“El cronista de la guerra civil y la diáspora salvadoreña. Entrevista con Mario Bencastro.” Antípodas XXI. Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies. Australia, 2010.