Conti, Haroldo


Conti, Haroldo
(1925–1976?)
   Argentine teacher, journalist, actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Born in Chacabuco, a province of Buenos Aires, Conti won early acclaim in the theater with his play Examinados (1955). Several later works of fiction were published to critical acclaim. His novel Mascaró el cazador americano received the prestigious Casa de las Américas award in 1975. This work, which incorporates realist elements and fantasy, has been described as “a study of freedom.” Earlier Conti was the recipient of several literary awards in Latin America and Spain. His novel Alrededor de la jaula was filmed in 1977 under the title Crecer de golpe. Conti was abducted by members of the Argentine secret police on 5 May 1976 and remains among the desaparecidos.

Historical Dictionary of the “Dirty Wars” . . 2010.