Letter from Sergio Ramírez to López Vallecillos, 11 August 1974

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Letter from Sergio Ramírez to López Vallecillos, 11 August 1974

Description

Sergio Ramírez Mercado is one of Latin America's most important novelists. Born in 1942, he served as vice president in the first Sandinista government in his native Nicaragua in the 1980s, an experience he described in his memoir Adios muchachos (1999).

In this letter, written while he lived in Germany, Ramírez shares his trepidation about returning to Nicaragua under the Somoza dictatorship. He beseeches López Vallecillos to send him money. The letter evokes the anxiety and constant financial worries that exiled Central American writers faced.

Creator

Sergio Ramírez Mercado

Source

López Vallecillos Family Archive.

Date

11 August 1974

Format

Paper

Language

Spanish

Type

Personal letter

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Translation:

Dear Italo:

[…]

You can imagine that returning to Nicaragua any time soon, after the "elections" in September, the repression against anyone who speaks up, and, all in all, Somoza for another decade, does not look too promising. So my choice would be Costa Rica. On that basis, I ask you to step up your efforts with Claudio, til now unsuccessful, for me to return in January [to Costa Rica].

Of course my current situation is not that great, because the new stipend will not take effect until academic classes begin in mid-September; in the meantime, and with the hope that you can send me some pending money, I am moving on all possible fronts. […]

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Ramirez to ILV I.pdf
Ramirez to ILV II.pdf

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Citation

Sergio Ramírez Mercado, “Letter from Sergio Ramírez to López Vallecillos, 11 August 1974,” Italo López Vallecillos, Editor to the Revolution, accessed October 28, 2020, http://rogeratwood.georgetown.domains/items/show/17.

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