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The family of the poet Eduardo Mitre migrated from Palestine to the Bolivian altiplano in the 1930s. Mitre was born in Oruro in 1943 and grew up in Cochabamba. During the Hugo Banzer Suárez and Luis García Meza dictatorships, he went abroad, studying and living in Europe and the United States. His rich body of work is marked by its intimate subjective perspectives and its elegant, distilled expression.

In 2004, Mitre published his volume of poems The Manhattan Umbrella, a tribute to the spaces and people of New York City. As the Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina put it, the...

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