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Ezequiel Martinez Estrada

Ezequiel Martinez Estrada was an Argentine writer, poet, essayist, and literary critic. An admired biographer and critic, he was often political in his writings, and was a confirmed anti-Peronist. While in his middle years he was identified with the ideas of Nietzsche or Kafka, in his last years he was closely identified with the Cuban revolution and Fidel Castro.

Originally from rural Argentina, Martinez Estrada was born in San Jose de la Esquina, in Santa Fe Province and grew up until the age of twelve there and in Goyena, a village in the southern reaches of Buenos Aires province. . In 1907, his parents separated, and he went to live with his aunt Elisa in Buenos Aires, and to study at the Colegio Avellanda. It appears that his formal studies were cut short due to poverty. By 1914 he was working at the central post office in Buenos Aires; he would remain in Buenos Aires until retiring in 1946.

Beginning in 1924, Martinez Estrada taught literature at the Colegio Nacional of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. He would continue this for decades, losing the job only when Juan Domingo Peron rose to power in 1945 (and returning briefly after Peron fell from power in 1956).

Related websites

Extensive Spanish-language site about Martinez Estrada

autobiographical letter to Victoria Ocampo

Martinez Estrada's essay on Nietzsche, in Spanish

Spanish-language biographical essay

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