Bolivian President Evo Morales extolled the revolutionary legacy and resistance of the Cuban intellectual Roberto Fernandez Retamar, and noted that his ideas will inspire the course of free peoples as of today.
'Our struggles, our revolutions are nothing without the support from culture. We send our condolences to the Cuban people and the relatives of Roberto Fernandez Retamar. His ideas that inspire the course of free peoples remain and his legacy of resistance is alive,' the president wrote on Twitter.
The Cuban poet, essayist and university professor, who had been the president of Casa de las Americas since 1986 and a member of the Cuban Academy of Language, died on Saturday in Havana at the age of 89.
He collaborated with the magazine Origenes, and in 1965 he became the director of the magazine Casa, a post that he held until his death.
In 1977, Retamar founded and directed until 1986 the Center of Studies on Marti and its yearbook. He was granted the 1989 National Literature Award.
A professor emeritus at the University of Havana in 1995, Retamar received other decorations and awards in Cuba and abroad, including the ALBA Award in Letters in 2008.