Argentinian author Héctor Tizón, one of the country’s leading modern writers, has died at the age of 82. He was also, for a period, a diplomat for his country; as Cultural Secretary at Argentina’s embassy in Mexico during the late 1950s, Tizón got to know some of Mexico’s greatest writers, an experience that almost certainly shaped his own literary career.
It’s fashionable to say that Héctor Tizón was never fashionable. He was never part of any particular literary clique or movement, and for that reason he was perhaps never as widely embraced by the Argentinian public as might otherwise have been the case. But he was well known by critics at home and abroad, and was even (unsuccessfully) put forward for the Nobel Prize for Literature a few years ago.
His first novel was 1969′s Fuego en Casabindo (Fire in Casabindo), and he continued to write throughout the next four decades. One of his most well-known later books was El hombre que llego a un pueblo (The Man Who Came to a Village).