Barrett, Rafael (1876–1910)

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Barrett, Rafael (1876–1910)

Rafael Barrett (b. 1876; d. 17 December 1910), Anglo-Spanish anarchist writer who influenced an entire generation of Paraguayan radical intellectuals. Born in Santander, Spain, in 1876, Barrett moved to Asunción in 1904. Working days in the general statistics office, he devoted his nights to journalistic efforts, churning out article after article of social criticism, focusing especially on the plight of poor workers in the yerba plantations of eastern Paraguay. His principal writings, compiled in a volume entitled El dolor paraguayo (1910), have been favorably compared with the works of Peru's Clorinda Matto De Turner, Ecuador's Jorge Icaza Coronel, and Bolivia's Alcides Argüedas. Afflicted with tuberculosis, Barrett left his Paraguayan wife and children behind at San Bernardino and returned to Europe, where he died at Arcachón, France.

See alsoParaguay: The Nineteenth Century .


Rafael Barrett, El dolor paraguayo (1978).

Carlos Zubizarretta, Cien vidas paraguayas, 2d ed. (1985), pp. 248-251.

Additional Bibliography

Muñoz, Vladimiro. Barrett. Asunción: Germinal, 1994.

                                     Thomas L. Whigham

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