On the occasion of the commemoration of Mario Benedetti’s birth, on September 14, 1920, the Instituto Cervantes, together with the Alfaguara Publishing House (PRHGE), is organizing a tribute to his memory and legacy with the presentation of the book Mario Benedetti, Antologia poética, which has been compiled by Joan Manuel Serrat. The event will be broadcast live from the Institute’s website.
The event will be attended by Luis García Montero, director of the Instituto Cervantes; Pilar Reyes, editorial director of Alfaguara, and Joan Manuel Serrat himself. Afterwards there will be a poetry recital in which various personalities will collaborate to recite poems by the author, such as Sabina, Marwan, Elvira Sastre, Leiva, Vanesa Martín, Chus Visor, Rozalén, Benjamín Prado and Juan Cruz, among others. Benedetti died on May 17, 2009 in Montevideo. It is worth noting in his personality a strong defense of civic values, as well as freedom and equality, which are well reflected in his writings.