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An admired biographer and critic, he was often political in his writings, and was a confirmed anti- Peronist.

While in his middle years he was identified with the ideas of Nietzsche or Kafkain his last years he was closely identified with the Cuban revolution and Fidel Castro. Inhe would buy a farm in Goyena.

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Inhis parents separated, and he went to live with his aunt Elisa in Buenos Airesand to study at the Colegio Avellaneda. It appears that his formal studies were cut short due to poverty.

By he was working at the central post office in Buenos Aires; he would remain in Buenos Aires until retiring in eezequiel Within a few years, he began to establish a reputation as a poet; he also estradaa a few short essays. In he married the Italian -born artist Agustina Morriconiwho definitely subordinated her career and unquestioned talents to his; she was, by all accounts, the muse of much of his poetry.


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It is also about that time that he began travelling abroad; his generally favorable impressions during a U. His estfada to Sur included poems, essays, and Kafkaesque short stories. There, he became very much a part of the heady intellectual atmosphere of the first years of the revolution: With his health beginning to fail, with Cuba expelled from the OASand with a need to attend to his own economic affairs, he decided that he “would better serve the revolution from abroad.

He spoke of returning to Cuba; it is not entirely clear whether his failure to dw so was entirely a matter of his health or related to traces of disillusionment with the revolution that are evidenced in his correspondence.

La cabeza de Goliat, tomo 1 by Ezequiel Martínez Estrada

The names NietzscheMontaigneand Kafka presumably speak for themselves, but there is also a specifically Latin American theme of skepticism about certain aspects of modernity to be found in his writings.


In sstrada at the works of Domingo Sarmientohe picked up Sarmiento’s themes of “civilization” and “barbarism”, but with a greater ambivalence about the virtues of civilization than were found in the earlier writer. Towards the end of his life, this led to his support for the Cuban revolution and to his “catilinarias”, acerbic writings on Argentine politics and culture.

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