Manuel Rojas

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Life

“I was born in Buenos Aires – Argentina, in a house located on the 1678 Combate de los Pozos Street. I do not know who, besides my parents… lived there. I have only a date and an address, the former too precise, the latter too uncertain. It’s little, there is nothing else, and I could have known less. After my birth, many years passed without memories… I have only found some images of Santiago and a few travel souvenirs… My parents were slightly nomadic, as I have been.” Extract from “Imágenes de Infancia”, Manuel Rojas, 1955.

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Work

“Nobody ever asked me why I wrote… I was the first to ask myself, and I found, to my surprise, that I did not know the answer… I started reading books and stories at the age of twelve. No one led me to it and I did not have, as other children, somebody to offer me books… On the way between my house and the school was a shop, in its showcase I discovered a book whose cover attracted me: a savage on the run was hit by an arrow, wounded in his back.” Extract from “Algo sobre mi experiencia literaria”, Manuel Rojas, 1960.

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Gallery

Is there something you did twenty years ago and would not repeat today? – Nothing. If I could I would repeat everything, some things twice. What earthly pleasure would you like to continue to enjoy in heaven? – I do not believe in heaven, just in case, a trek through the Andes. If you could be a child again, what is the first thing you would do? – Go to bed and listen to my mother telling me a story. Is there anything for which you would be willing to risk your life? – For freedom.” Extract from Manuel Rojas’ interview: “Un personaje al trasluz” by Lenka Franulic, 1958.

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