Claribel Alegria life and biography

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Claribel Alegria biography

Date of birth : 1924-05-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Estelí, Nicaragua
Nationality : Nicaraguan
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-10-13
Credited as : poet, essayist, exile El Salvador

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Claribel Alegria is a Nicaraguan poet, essayist and journalist who was a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America.

Claribel Alegría spent her childhood in exile in El Salvador. A graduate of George Washington University, she lived in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Uruguay and on the island of Majorca, Spain, before returning to Nicaragua in 1979. She collaborated with her husband, writer Darwin Flakoll, on such works as New Voices of Hispanic America, Ashes of Izalco, and They Won't Take Me Alive.

La mujer del río/Woman of the River (1989), with parallel Spanish and English poetry texts, and Fuga de Canto Grande (1992; Fugues) are among more than a dozen published volumes of her poetry. Alegría won the Cuban-sponsored Casa de las Américas prize in 1978 for Sobrevivo (1978; “I Survive”). Her fiction, which contains much sociopolitical commentary, includes El detén (1977; The Talisman), Albm familiar (1982; Family Album), Pueblo de Dios y de Mandinga (1985; Village of God and the Devil), all three novellas published in English in Family Album; and Luisa en el país de la realidad (1987; Luisa in Realityland). She also wrote Tres cuentos (1958; “Three Stories”) and other works for children.

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