Biography of Gustavo Agrait (1904-VVVV)

Poet and Narrator Puerto Rican, born in Germán in 1904. Author of a brilliant literary production that shine with their own light their short stories, is considered one of the masters uncontested of the complex genre of narrative short, extensively cultivated in the Decade of the 1930s by a fertile generation of writers from the West Indian Island, including Emilio S. Belaval (1903-1972), Enrique a. Laguerre (1906)Tomás Blanco (1897-1975), Antonio Oliver Frau (1902-1945), Tomás de Jesús Castro (1902-1970), Carmelina Vizcarrondo (1906), Vicente Palés Matos (1903-1963), Washington Llorens (1900), Ernesto Juan Fonfrías (1909), Julio Marrero Núñez (1910-1982), Aníbal Díaz Montero (1911), Néstor. A. Rodríguez Escudero (1914), Amelia Agostini del Río (1896) and Juan Antonio Corretjer (1908).

In General, Gustavo Agraït stories are characterized by accused Existentialist concern which is indebted to the best texts of Kafka, as well as a halo of eerie mystery that sinks its roots in the romantic tradition to go back to the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. But, at the same time, the original seal of the writer of Germán shows, beside these literary influences, his constant reflection on the everyday vicissitudes of human beings, of the social issues that surround him, and - with particular specificity of the immediate circumstances that make up the historical present of his people.

Apart from these short stories, Gustavo Agraït wrote also a vast novel which did not see the light until the end of the Decade of the eighties, Szomorú Vasárnap (1989). In addition, their permanent attention to all cultural fields that evolved literary aesthetics of the 20th century allowed him to assimilate, in his original poetic production, some of the most innovative contributions of the avant-garde currents. This is reflected in the compilation of their work published under the generic title of poems: 1932-1966, where can be seen clearly certain influences of some authors so far in his conception of the poetic as the Spanish Jorge Guillén and the Chilean Vicente Huidobrocreation.

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