Biography of Santiago Dimas Aranda

Poet, Narrator and Paraguayan playwright born in Villa Rica del Espíritu Santo (in the Department of Guaira) in 1924. Author of a notable literary production covering the main generic forms of creative writing (novel, story, poetry and theater), is considered to be one of the most representative of the so-called “promotion of 50”, along with other authors of both contemporary and José Luis Appleyard , Ramiro DomínguezParaguayan letters embossed.

Writer relatively late, Santiago Dimas Aranda broke into the Paraguayan literary scene at the beginning of the 1960s, when, already overwhelmed the thirty-five years of age, published his collection of poems entitled blood of Earth and moon (1960). Subsequently, he added to his particular lyric bibliography other so
held collections of verses by the critics and readers as the titled anthology of silence (1970), Metal is (1974) fragrance and fragrance of roots (1983). In General, his poetry revolves around two of the major themes of universal poetry, love and freedom, referred to from the standpoint of commitment: “questions, young poet, scream is poetry. / I you answer ‘yes’ / at this time without metaphors / in which the body of the man and his hope / be only shadows / and a great silence question in tow. I answer you, poet, / to the metaphor, today, / is stone that crushes and metal that hurts. I you answer ‘yes’, / that scream against the silence is poetry. “Screams, poet, against the shadow, / yell against death, / screams to die!” (“To a young poet”, of life, fiction and songs). The new voices of contemporary Paraguayan poetry Santiago Dimas Aranda interest has led him also to select and publish, in cooperation with Hedy González Frutos, the anthological exhibition entitled 14 testimonies of the Paraguayan p
oetry (1972).

Still later that his foray into poetry was its irruption in the domains of prose fiction, genre which was unveiled by half two superb novels, presented under the headings of the nightmare (1984) and love and its shadow (1984), they were awarded, respectively, the first and the third prize in the “Concurso 76 Hispanidad”. Although both extensive narratives of Santiago Dimas Aranda won these awards in 1976, because of the condition of exile of its author – as so many other notable writers of the Paraguayan letters from the second half of the 20th century – they did not see the light until the middle of the next decade.

Author of numerous poems, stories and theatrical writings which remain unpublished, Villa Rica of the Holy Ghost Writer returned to pleasantly surprise critics and readers in the mid-1990s, when it gave to press his great novel entitled half a century of agony (1994). Two years later, Santiago Dimas Aranda returned to the shelves of the libraries with fiction, life, a
hybrid volume where he picked up some of his stories and unpublished poems and songs (1996). This interesting sample of his literary work, divided in two parts (“Life and fiction”, which includes the excellent short stories “The outcasts”, “To forgive is divine”, “Pants man”, “The curse of Juandé González”, “Sons and district war”, “Julián Centella”, “Everlasting punishment”, “A blow of fate”, “Twisted cane”, “A night in exile” and “Na Lujarda Aguirre, master de Paso Pé”; and “chants.) (“Vision retrospective”, which contains some poems as notable as “Brief page”, “The clock of the hospital”, “Youth”, “still I am”, “Holy thistle”, “Were green pupils” and, among others, the aforementioned “to a young poet”), includes an appendix with poems by Gerardo and Mariano Pignatiello, grandchildren of the writer of Villa Rica. In a real statement of intent about its purpose of encouraging the new Paraguayan poetic voices, Santiago Dimas Aranda justifies the inclusion o
f these poems “because the authors are young and free expression and intention”, “because I love you for being my blood, and because they are young people who own thinking”, and “because what I love most of young people and the birds is their freedom”.