Publicado el: 22/11/2011

Samuel Glusberg, alias Enrique Espinoza

An almost invisible cultural promoter An author and a publisher, he co-founded the Argentinean Writers’ Society

A publisher of both books and literary magazines that were milestones, Samuel Glusberg, also known as Enrique Espinoza, was a talented writer and an almost invisible cultural presenter/promoter without whose contribution it would be hard to understand the intellectual movement that took place in Argentina during the twenties and thirties. He founded, with Evar Méndez the mythical "Martín Fierro" magazine, and he was one of the most active publishers during those decades.

In 1919, a young Glusberg, who believed in Socialism, turned to the already famous Leopoldo Lugones, a nationalist, for back up in a congress of students. Despite the age and ideological differences, the famous and the novel writers sealed a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Lugones took his young friend to work with him at the Biblioteca del Maestro; Glusberg became his publisher and they both founded, in 1928, the Argentinean Writers’ Society. Lugones was the President and Glusberg the Secretary.

Glusberg’s publishing company was called "Babel", and that was also de name of the magazine he edited between 1921 and 1951. Simultaneously, he published his own books under the name of "Enrique Espinoza": "La levita gris", "Heine, el ángel y el león",  "Compañeros de viaje" and others. Settled in Santiago de Chile, he went on publishing "Babel" from there, until Pinochet’s coup pushed him back to Buenos Aires.

Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, in 1898, he arrived in Argentina at the age of seven and died in Buenos Aires in October 1987.

Source: "Jewish Life in Argentina: Contributions for the Bicentennial," coordinated by Magdalena Faillence.Curatorial Project, content and production: Elio Kapszuk - Ana E. Wainstein

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