The Legacy of Uslar Pietri

In 1974 Uslar Pietri published two books: one entitled “Twenty-five trials” that amounts to an anthology of others already published in previous books, and the second called “The Other America” to be followed in 1975, “The Globe Color “which captures his vision of the world as a tireless traveler, also sees the light of the book of essays on pedagogy “Educating for Venezuela” and the novel “Samuel Robinson.” Finally, I note its production of plays, collected in 1962 in a volume with the title “Theatre” in which includes four works: “Antero Alban’s Day,” “The Thebes”, “La Fuga de Miranda” and ” The invisible God “, which is to add” Chuo Gil “, not included in this volume to be higher. A Uslar Pietri known only one book of poetry: “Hands” dedicated to his wife Elizabeth Bravo and published in 1973. Away from active political life remained, however, very aware of the events during his long life were shaping our present, participating in the last years of his life in the “group of notables” who tried to give some sense of direction of national politics during the stormy period of the last government of Carlos Andres Perez, his removal from power and all the consequences that this has meant for Venezuela.

It is not clear, (for he certainly never said or justified), their actual involvement or knowledge in all these events because, in his own statements to the media at that time, merely to express their views and their deep concern that he is taking the country and makes a statement for history and unflattering opinions for our current president included in the interview that I mentioned granted to Rafael Arraiz Lucca 2001 and published in book form. Arturo Uslar Pietri died in Caracas on February 26, 2001, at 95 years old, leaving a vast literary and essays that do not lose any force for having provided the ability to foresee with insight the realities of the world and its ways. .. and certainly their destinations. Today May 16, 2007 is 101 years after his birth and “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,” I may as many do not share their particular political view but would be quite stupid and unforgivable to ignore and not enthusiastic to celebrate and thank humbly extremely fortunate that we Venezuelans to have among us to this great man and his vast, deep and essential cultural legacy.