Argentina, 1928 - 2016
"I am convinced that no book, however good it may be, can change the world. But I have to write. "
Andrés Rivera -Marcos Ribak in the papers- was a prolific Argentine writer and journalist. Son of immigrant workers, he was born in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo.
He worked from a very young age as a silk weaver, participated in the Argentine labor movement and worked for the Communist Party as his father did. He began writing in the late 1950s.
His readings, his preoccupations, his reflection and political commitment, and his constancy in the work, led him to produce 30 works; something he would characterise as "excessive".
He wrote in the magazine Plática (1953-1957), and made his debut in fiction with the novel El precio (1956), whose writing was very close to the aesthetics of social realism as well as his following novel Los que no mueren, and three storybooks, Sol de sábado, Cita and El yugo y la marcha.
In 1964 Rivera was expelled from the Communist Party and his vision of the world underwent a transformation. From there, his literature will not be detached from politics at all. Using his pen to go straight to the bone of the story, Rivera wrote essential works for contemporary Argentine literature: Una lectura de la historia (1982), El verdugo en el umbral (1994), La revolución es un sueño eterno (1987) , El Farmer (1996), among others.
"I was born in a working-class home. My father, who was a union leader, needed to read, needed to know. At that time other men like my father gathered in my house. They came down from the scaffolding, came out of the metallurgical workshops, emerged from the tailors' workshops, and there they were. They had few writers to quote, but they quoted them; they needed that abstract world of the letter to assert themselves. There was no alternative for me. In a moment I opened a notebook and began to write."
- 1985- Second Municipal Prize of Novel for En esta dulce tierra
- 1992- National Literature Award for La revolución es un sueño eterno
- 1992- Best published book with La sierva (Fundación El Libro)
- 1994- Konex Platinum Award (Novel category: 1989-1993 five-year period)
- 1995- Prize of the Club of the XIII for El verdugo en el umbral
- 2004- Konex Award Merit Diploma
- 2011- National Fund of Arts Award for Letters