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by a gaucho seems no t to have dim inished his adm iration fo r the
type. In his lifetime, he was one o f the most famous jou rna lists in
South America, serving both as a w riter and ed itor-in-chief fo r
the leading daily o f Buenos Aires.
A rgentina has p roduced a num be r o f noteworthy Jewish writ­
ers whose works substantively deal with Jews, Juda ism , o r the
problems o f Jews living in Argentina: the novelist, G e ra rdo Mario
(Caballos por elfondo de los ojos),
now residing in France;
the playwright, German Rozenmacher (1936-1971: particularly,
“Requiem fo r a Friday Evening”); the novelist, Mario Szichman
(La verdadera cronica fa lsa ,
1972, and
Los judios del Mar Dulce,
1971); and the essayist, Mario Diament
(Conversations con un
B.A. T im e rm an Editores, 1977). These works and writers
are the substance o f an article by Saul Sosnowski, “Con tempo rary
Jewish-Argentine Writers: T rad ition and Politics,” to be found in
Echad: An Anthology of Latin AmericanJewish Writings
(edited by R.
Kalechofsky, Micah Publications, 1980). Saul Sosnowski was h im ­
self born in Buenos Aires, educated in A rgentina, Jerusa lem and
the United States. He is presently cha irman o f the D epa rtm en t o f
Spanish and Portuguese at the University o f Maryland and ed ito r
o f the review,
In addition to these writers mentioned in Professor Sosnowski’s
article, mention should be made o f the writer and pub lisher
(Macondo Ediciones), Dr. Samuel Tarnopolosky, the sho rt story
writer, Bernardo Verbitsky, who recently died, and the poet,
Ju an Gelman.
But the single greatest Jewish poetic voice o f A rgentina , and
pe rhap s o f Latin America, belongs to C£sar T iem po , who
achieved a quiet bu t unmistakeable repu ta tion , so tha t his name
has been suggested as a candidate fo r the Nobel Prize in L itera­
tu re for 1981. He passed away this year.
Cesar T iempo was bo rn Israel Zeitlin in the Ukraine in 1906.
Along with G erchunoff, his family’s em igration to A rgen tina
belongs to the phase o f early Jewish settlement in tha t country.
His poetry and work have been known fo r some time in the
United States to students o f Latin American literature , such as
Professor Estelle Irizarry o f Georgetown University and to such
adm irers as Donald D. Walsh who, with H.R. Hays and Dudley
Fitts, translated some o f T iempo ’s poetry for the
Anthology of
Contemporary Latin American Poetry,
published in 1942 by New