Gustavo Roldán dies, 76
Renowned Argentine children’s author Gustavo Roldán, who wrote such classics as Historia de pajarito remendado and Los cuentos de Pedro Urdemales, passed away yesterday at 76.
“Roldán was admitted 20 days ago to the Hospital Alemán, where he died of respiratory failure,” reported publishing house Alfaguara in a press release yesterday.
Born in the town of Sáenz Peña, Chaco, in 1935, the author of El carnaval de los sapos received many awards, such as a Konex Lifetime Achievement prize, the national arts council Fondo Nacional de las Artes’ award, the Periquillo award and the second Premio Nacional de Literatura Infantil for Todos los juegos el juego.
Other titles in his prolific list of works are El monte era una fiesta, Cuentos que cuentan los indios, Crimen en el arca and Las pulgas no andan por las ramas. He also collaborated in children magazines Billiken and Humi.
“I wish to write texts where the age of the reader is nothing but an accident, like summer or rain or cold,” he wrote in his autobiography. Herald staff with Telam