Biography of Eduardo [padre] Acevedo Díaz (1851-1921)

Writer, politician and Uruguayan diplomat, born in Villa Union on April 24, 1851 and died in Buenos Aires on 18 June 1921, whose literary work is one of the peaks of the narrative of his country.

He attended college, he/she was Deputy and Senator, charge the latter since he/she represented his country in Argentina, United States and Italy. He/She was member of the nationalist party, also known as party "blanco". He/She left College in 1870 to take part in a revolutionary movement, since politics was his passion; due to his political thinking was forced to leave his homeland. In 1895 he/she returned to his country to take an active part in politics, but he/she was again forced into exile. For many years he/she lived in Buenos Aires until his death in 1924.

Acevedo is considered to be the true creator of the Uruguayan national novel. Apart from his journalistic work, his literary output consists of six major novels: Brenda (1875), his first work; the trilogy consisting of Ishmael (1888), Nativa (1890) works and Grito de Gloria (1893). This trilogy, receiving the title of hymn of blood, can be understood as a true compendium of the most relevant facts of the history of Uruguay, which led to the conception of the Uruguayan: Ismael, probably the best of the three novels, describes the period from the arrival of Artigas to the year 1811; in native have special importance the events that took place in 1824, and finally cry of Gloria tells what has happened since the emancipation until the events of Ituzaingó.

Solitude (1894), gaucho atmosphere, is regarded as the masterpiece of this invaluable novelist, which is a true model of its kind and that has influenced, no doubt, largely Latin American novels of its time, and even later. In this novel is given prominently to the landscape, without that detracting importance superb characterization of the characters, wrapped in a climate of violence that seems natural to the American land.

And, finally, spear and sword (1914), which is also set in the period of the civil wars. His work, undertaken under the influence of a romantic taste, is confining to naturalism, impelled by a national reality that Acevedo Díaz lives and suffers and that reflects in his works in a masterly way.