Clementina Rosa Quenel
Santiago del Estero, 1901
“Quenel composed short stories in which the marginal condition of the peasant from Santiago, their loneliness, resignation and sadness are spread through every thread. These are stories of a strong and determined lyrical sense, with traces of what literary theory was going to call later magical realism”
Clementina Quenel was born in Santiago del Estero in the beginning of the 20th century, in a society with a high rate of illiteracy and in which letters were restricted to men.
Her literary activity initiated in Buenos Aires as storyteller in magazines of the 1920s. In the 1930s she joined the cultural group “La Brasa” together with Canal Feijoo and Horacio Rava. Clementina’s stories showed the hidden side of rural Santiago, by portraying the life of invisible women living in the deep inland areas. A journey to the interior of her province that encouraged new interests and inspired the production that consecrated as writer. Is in this context that she developed her literature: this is the atmosphere from which her characters and stories emerge.
- 1951 - National Literature Award (Argentina)