Juan Gelman

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Date of Birth May 3, 1930
Place of Birth Argentina
Date of Death Jan 14, 2014 (83)
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Juan Gelman

Juan Gelman was an Argentine poet. He published more than twenty books of poetry between 1956 and his death in early 2014. He was a naturalized citizen of Mexico, country where he arrived as a political exile of the Military Junta.

Born: 03, 1930, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 14, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation: poet
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About Juan Gelman

Argentine poet and 2007 recipient of the prestigious Cervantes Prize in Spanish literature. His numerous literary works include Mundar (poems), Escritos urgentes (prose), and Conversaciones con Juan Gelman (literary criticism).

Before Fame

He grew up in Buenos Aires as one of three sons born to Ukrainian revolutionary Jose Gelman.


He worked for the United Nations as a translator.

Family Life

After living in Europe for years, he settled in Mexico with his psychologist wife Mara La Madrid.


At the age of eight, he read the work of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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