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Rafael Alberti, Punta del Este, Uruguay, 1947

Rafael Alberti, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (1902-1999) was a member of the so-called Spanish writers’ “Generation 27” and one of the literary voices of the left-wing Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. He left Spain after Franco’s victory and, after a spell in Paris, went into exile in Argentina with his wife María Teresa León. He stayed more than 20 years in South America and became an important figure in cultural life there. He regularly spent the summer months in Punta del Este, at the Uruguayan coast. This photo shows him in the holiday home he usually rented, “La Gallarda”. In the 1970s he returned to Spain, and was awarded, in 1983, the prestigious literary price Premio Cervantes.