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Date Saturday May 14
Time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
312 Valencia St, San Francisco
( @ 14th St. 2 blocks from 16th st BART )
Event Type Other
Join us in a celebration of the literary/poetic legacy of ROQUE DALTON.

Roque mixed it up with Diego Rivera in Chile and Fidel in Habana.

On the 30th anniversary of his death, Roque is recognized as one of the best revolutionary poets from Latin America.


Donation: $5 - $10


...From Mexico, Dalton naturally gravitated to Cuba, where he was well received by the Cuban and Latin American exiled writers who gathered in the Casa de las Américas. From that point on, starting with La Ventana en el rostro and El Mar ("The Sea") in 1962, almost all of his poetic work was published in Cuba. In the summer of 1965, he returned to El Salvador to continue his political work. Two months after his arrival, he was arrested, tortured, and again sentenced to execution. However, he managed to escape death once more when an earthquake shattered the outer wall of his cell, enabling him to dig his way out through the rubble.

He returned to Cuba and a few months later the Communist Party sent him to Prague as a correspondent for The International Review: Problems of Peace and Socialism. His book "Taberna y otros lugares" (Tavern and Other Places), reflecting his long stay in Prague, won the Casa de las Américas poetry prize in 1969 and established Roque Dalton, at the age of thirty-four, as one of the best young poets in Latin America. In 1975, a military faction of the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP), accused him of trying to divide their organization and condemned him to death. They executed him on May 10, 1975, four days before his fortieth birthday.

Added to the calendar on Thursday Apr 21st, 2005 9:53 PM

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