Biography of Carlos Federico Abente Bogado (1915-VVVV)

Bilingual Paraguayan poet (espanol-guarani), born in island Valley (Aregua, in the Central Department) in 1915. Considered to be one of the most charismatic voices of Paraguayan letters in exile, being a doctor and, at the same time, friend and spiritual guide of thousands of compatriots sentenced to identical estrangement grew the human dimension of his figure, ultimately considered to be one of the most representative of the Paraguayan intellectuality of the 20th century.

His vocation humanistic, attentive to the scientific development and the cultivation of the arts and letters alike, on the one hand, led him to pursue higher studies in medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, where returned with the title of doctor in this matter; and, on the other hand, to be delivered from his youth to a lucid exercise of poetic creation which, open to all the traditions of his people, would allow with the passage of time, express themselves with unmatched expertise in the guarani language of the indigenous people of his people both Spanish conquistadors.

In the capital of Argentina, where he/she lived for more than fifty years to flee from political tyranny in Paraguay, Carlos Federico Abente was transformed into a kind of depositary Patriarch of the humanitarian and cultural values of its people. During that time, it was the doctor attended - and not only to find in his science a cure for physical ailments - thousands of exiled Paraguayan compatriots, and especially those who, like him, felt a marked penchant for the literary fact. It was, in fact, the physician who attended on several occasions some writers exiled as Hérib Campos Cervera, who dedicated to him his celebrated poem titled "A handful of soil", or Augusto Roa Bastos, who, in 1947, thanked the care and friendship of the medico-poeta with an emotional tribute in verse ("Carlos F. Abente salute"). In addition, employed their optional knowledge and overturned his priceless bonhomie in Paraguay as Mauricio Cardozo Ocampo, José Asunción Flores, Epifanio Méndez Fleitas and Demetrio Ortiz other artists and intellectuals.

In collaboration with one of the newly cited musicians (José Asunción Flores), Carlos Federico Abente created, at the beginning of the 1950s, one of the emblematic works of Paraguayan contemporary music, the musical Ñemity (Cultivar), with lyrics in guarani de medico-poeta, which was premiered in Buenos Aires in 1952. Author of other many poetic compositions (some of which are previously unreleased, and many others turned into songs after having been musicalized by his friends and patients), the writer's Island Valley has been collected some of his poems in guarani in the volumes entitled Che kiriri asapukai click (to shout my silence, 1990) and Kiriri sapukai (cry of silence, 1994). In the same year that came from the press this last collection of poems was published in Buenos Aires the compact disc entitled Nostalgia Areguena (1994), consisting of fourteen Abente Bogado poems put to music by different interpreters.