Biography of Clara Isabel o "Claribel Alegría" Alegría Vides (1924-VVVV)

Poet, Narrator, essayist and translator Salvadoran, born in 1924 in Esteli (Nicaragua). It possesses the nationality of El Salvador because her mother was natural in a city of this small Central American Republic, Santa Ana, where arrived the girl Clara Isabel when it had not yet reached its first year of existence.

The maternal family's well-to-do position allowed Clara Isabel Alegría Vides access a careful training humanistic, privileged compared with which, at the time, the girls of the country received. Thus, after completing his primary and secondary education in the aforementioned city of Santa Ana, the young woman traveled to the United States of America to pursue university studies in philosophy and literature. In this North American country he/she met who had her husband, the journalist and American diplomat Darwin J. Flakoll, whose duties as representative of his nation abroad led to Clara Isabel to reside in the city of Mexico, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Paris. In addition, the couple formed by Claribel and Darwin settled for a time on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where the writer became friends with the poet, novelist and essayist British Robert Graves (based in the Balearic town of Deia), whose poems written in the English language were poured into Spanish by Claribel Alegría. Finally, the writer settled in Nicaragua, where he/she currently resides.

His passion for the world of letters (which led him to confront literary perspectives as diverse as those of the creator, translator and philologist) ended up converting to Claribel Alegría in one of the most outstanding disciples of the Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, Nobel Prize for literature. Notable among the variety of titles that make up his extensive literary output, the following volumes of poetry: ring of silence (Mexico, 1948), vigils (Mexico, 1953), Aquarium (Santiago de Chile, 1955), guest of my time (Buenos Aires, 1961), Via unique Montevideo, 1965), learning (San Salvador, 1970), move on to charge and other poems (Barcelona, 1973), survive (poetry book awarded the prestigious prize "Casa de las Americas" corresponding to the call of 1978)Thresholds (San Salvador, 1996) and key of me (San José de Costa Rica, 1997).

In his role as Narrator, Claribel Alegría stood out for the publication of a novel written in collaboration with her husband and titled ashes of Izalco, work which won the second prize in the novel contest organized by Publisher Spanish Seix Barral in 1966. Subsequently, gave to press two narratives that can register within the genre of short novel: game of mirrors, which appeared in Costa Rican repertoire magazine in 1970, and the stop, published in Barcelona in 1977; and closed his career in the genre of the extensive narration with other three novels: Family Album (San José de Costa Rica, 1982), wake up my good, wake up and people of God and Mandinga. In addition, was author of a volume of children's stories titled three tales (San Salvador, 1958), and an anthology of American poets and storytellers, made in the company of her husband, and published in Boston (USA). UU.) in 1962, under the heading of New Voices of Hispanic America.

As essayist, fruitful and versatile American writer gave to press volume entitled the Salvadoran crossroads (1981). In addition, published a book of testimonies collected under the heading of not me seize alive.


RODS-DINARTE, Carlos. School dictionary of Salvadoran authors (San Salvador: National Council for culture and art [CONCULTURA], Directorate of publications and printed materials, 1998).