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Who was Miguel Cané?, symbol of an era

We recall the legacy of the politician and writer, one of the most representative feathers of the 1980s Generation of Argentine literature.

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Miguel Cané

 Miguel Cané  was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 27, 1851, during the expatriation of his parents, Miguel Cané and Eufemia casares. His parent, one of the members of the Reading Cabinet, had moved away from the country in 1835 because of the Rosas government.

He reached Argentine soil for only two years and benefited from the clause of the citizenship law, dictated in 1869, which allowed all those who were born to Argentine parents in the neighbouring republics during the time of Rosas. Known for his autobiographical writings, his political and literary personality, Cané developed an active political career that led him to the post of Intendente in Buenos Aires, as well as Minister of the Interior, Ambassador and University Professor.

At 17 he began his career as a lawyer. He was editor of La Tribuna and directed El Nacional, where he wrote articles on social, political and literary life. He became one of the main chronicler of his generation.

He studied baccalaureate at the National College of Buenos Aires, whose experiences were a source of inspiration for the book “Juvenilia”, published in 1884, and considered his masterpiece. In 1900 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature.

 Published in 1884, “Juvenilia” tells the memories and experiences of Miguel Cané in his student times and those of his colleagues at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, in the old building on Calle Bolivar. 
 The author highlights the presence and task of French educator Amadeo Jacques (1813-
  1865), political exile of Napoleon III, director of the school until his death, and  largely
responsible for the academic structure that would make Buenos Aires one of the most prestigious Argentine educational institutions.
 Cané passed through the classrooms of the National College between 1863 and 1868. Over time, 
 “Juvenilia” became a classic of testimonial character. A work with 
 moving passages, with personal secrets, and signs of the adolescent become a man of letters and politics. 

Cané was a clear exponent of the so-called '80's Generation. He collaborated with numerous newspapers and left a vast literary production. His writings recurrently appeal to autobiographical matter. The sources of consultation conceive in emphasizing that he was a cultured, distinguished, humorist and skeptical man who used to write about his travels, the countries in which he lived, and his reading.

 He was a promoter of the residence law with his draft expulsion of foreigners, a subject that earned him — and worth it, adepts and opponents.  

He died on September 5, 1905, in Buenos Aires.

His work

-Essays (1877)

-Distance (1882)

-Juvenilia (1882)

-On a journey (1884)

-Literary talks (1885)

-Henry IV by William Shakespeare (1900). Translation

-Notes and impressions (1901)

-Light prose (1903)

In his memory

Different spaces in the City of Buenos Aires and the country owe their name to the intellectual. Among them:

 -Miguel Cané Library 

The Miguel Cané Public Library, dean of the municipal libraries of the City of Buenos Aires, was inaugurated on November 11, 1927, founded on the initiative of what would later be the Directorate General of Municipal Libraries. She is known for being the workplace as a public employee of the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges between 1937 and 1946.

 -Sala Miguel Cané of the Ministry of Culture of the Nation 

The Ministry of Culture of the Nation has a distinguished, elegant space, where it holds various meetings and meetings.

Location Miguel Cané 

Miguel Cané is a town in the province of La Pampa, Argentina. It belongs to the Quemú Quemú Department. It was founded on May 8, 1908, on land that possessed descendants of the author of “Juvenilia”.

Publication Date: 05/09/2019

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