Alfredo Iriarte (1932-2002) was a Colombian historian and writer, author of many short historical and fiction novels and essays. Among his books can be mentioned "Lo que lengua mortal decir no pudo" (1979), "Bestiario tropical" (1986), Episodios Bogotanos (1987), Esparragos para dos leones, Batallas y batallitas en la historia de Colombia (1993), Abominaciones y denuestos (1994), Muertes Legendarias (1996), and El jinete de Bucentauro (2000), his last novel.
Besides his books, Iriarte also made valuable contributions to the correctness and proper idiomatic use of the Spanish language in his newspaper column Rosario de perlas, published periodically in the Colombian daily El Tiempo for more than 25 years. He was also a frequent commentator of historical and literary ephemera in the local cultural radio station HJCK.
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