Roberto Armijo

Luis Roberto Armijo Navarrete was born in Chalatenango in 1937. At the age of ten moved to the capital to pursue his studies. He walked barefoot and worked selling newspapers on the street to earn a few cents.

Then start your studies at the University of El Salvador and soon became part of a recognized literary group called “Committed Generation,” which was composed by Otto Rene Castillo, Roque Dalton and Manlio Argueta, among other representatives of Salvadoran literature.

In 1970, Roberto Armijo won a scholarship to study theater in Paris (France), awarded by the University of El Salvador, where he was working as Director of the University Library.

Roberto Armijo

 

In 1972 there was an attempted coup in El Salvador, so he could not return to the country and remained in exile in France. He returned to twenty years later, when the FMLN and the government of Alfredo Cristiani signed peace agreements. During those two decades, Armijo was linked to the French academic world, thanks to his friend, the Guatemalan writer Miguel Angel Asturias. He taught at the University of Paris in Latin American literature. In France on an important intellectual and political activity, especially in the 80s, when he served as representative of the FMLN in France.

It is an important pillar of our Salvadoran literature. He wrote essays, novels, criticism, theater, storytelling and poetry.

Some of his works are:

– La Noche ciega al corazón que canta, (poesía) 1959.
– Seis elegías y un poema, (poesía) 1965.
– Jugando a la Gallina Ciega, (teatro) 1970.
– Trilogía de Teatro de Roberto Armijo, (teatro) 1990.
– El Asma de Leviathán (narrativa).
– Los Parajes de la Luna y la Sangre (poesía) 1996.
– Cuando se Encienda las Lámparas, (poesías) en prensa 1996.

Roberto Armijo died in 1997 in Paris, a victim of cancer. However, his trembling hands, of died already reached to write a few pages about his impressions of his homeland Chalatenango and disappointment, after returning after years of absence. “Now just stones and more stones. Gone forever Chalatenango Pines “, wrote a few days before he died.

Part of the inspiration of becoming a poet Armijo comes from the stories of the poet’s mother had while cooking in the kitchen of mud in Chalatenango. He always kept his heart farmer, kind …

The Cayaguanca Colony Park in Barrio San José in Chalatenango, is named after Roberto Armijo, to honor the memory of this outstanding Chalateco.


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