One of the most prominent figures in literary arts.

“Life always holds in store surprises that are more complex and unforeseeable than any dream, and the secret is to let them come and not block them with castles in the air.” Alvaro Mutis

Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo was born in Bogota, Colombia on august 25 of 1923, he was a Colombian novelist and poet who is considered one of the most important contemporary Latin American writers at two years of age he went to live in Belgium, when he was 9 he returned to Colombia because his father suddenly died. In Colombia he lived on a farm founded by his maternal grandfather, in the village of Coello, the experience of physical contact with the tropics, the climate of the warm earth and the smell of coffee would mark his later literary productions.

Alvaro Mutis did not finish high school because of financial problems of his mother, he had to leave school in Brussels and enter at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogota. But he was not interested in regular school, he liked to read books. When he was eighteen he married Mireya Durán with whom he had 3 children.

like other great artists he had many influences, like Pablo Neruda and he was a great friend from Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. After he married he started to work at the radio and then he started to write and went to live at Mexico, three years after his arrival in Mexico , Mutis was arrested for 15 months in remand prison of Lecumberri. His experience in prison changed the whole vision of pain and human suffering.

Then he started to be more recognized and he began to win awards as a great poet in Colombia and the rest of the world, he contributed in many aspects to Colombia like the feeling of ownership and new literary figures , he died in Mexico city the 22 of September of 2013.



How Alvaro Mutis an inspiration of mine?