Abel Ernesto Parentini Posse, renowned as Abel Posse, passed away on Friday at the ripe age of 89. The late Abel was a celebrated novelist and essayist who also held significant positions as a politician in Buenos Aires and a diplomat across several countries around the world.
A prominent Argentine Academy of Letters member and a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy, Posse served as Argentina’s minister plenipotentiary in Israel from 1985 to 1988. Moreover, he held ambassadorial roles in former Czechoslovakia (1990-1992), Peru (1998-2000), Denmark (2000-2002), and Spain (2000-2004). He also assumed the permanent delegate of his country to UNESCO in 2002.
In the administration of Mauricio Macri, who led the Government of the City of Buenos Aires from 2007 to 2015, Abel was offered the local Ministry of Education in December 2009. Regrettably, owing to his intense criticism for this appointment, he held the position for only 11 days.
Hailing from Córdoba, the late Abel was born on January 7, 1934. He acquired a degree in law and a doctorate in Political Science, following which he embarked on an eventful career as a diplomat in various roles across different countries since 1966.
In 1969, he authored his debut novel, “Los bogavantes,” followed by thirteen more, including the four-part “Tetralogía de la Conquista.” The latter series featured the conquistador Lope de Aguirre, fondly remembered as ‘El Tirano’ (1510-1561).
Abel was renowned globally for his adeptness in fictionalizing the Argentine history of the 1970s that was mired in political violence. His works “Momento de morir” (1979) and “Noche de lobos” (2011) were centered around this theme.
Notably, his works “La pasión según Eva” (1994), depicting Eva Perón’s life, and “Cuando muere el hijo” (2010), a poignant tale on his son’s suicide at the tender age of 15 in 1983, hold a special place among his myriad writings.
Apart from receiving numerous awards and accolades, his works have been translated into 16 languages, and he has written chronicles for various national and international media.
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