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Independent | Ruben Dario: On the trail of the father of Spanish modernism in Nicaragua

Author: Tim Neville | INDEPENDENT
photography: Getty
published: Tuesday 26 December 2017 16:12

Once you know him, you see him everywhere. He’s at the airport and in the park. He’s by the hotel entrance and inside the theatre. I even caught a glimpse of him on the side of an armoured bank truck in Managua. Now this poet, diplomat and hero of Nicaragua lay at my feet, very much alive at 101 years dead.

Almost any Spanish speaker will know the name Ruben Dario. He wasn’t just a writer. He was the father of Spanish modernism, the one who gave them their language back. For that they are grateful.

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