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Editorial Claridad: a true cultural lighthouse

The “Editorial Claridad”, founded by Andalusian Antonio Zamora, began operating on January 30, 1922.

The “Editorial Claridad” was founded by Andalusian Antonio Zamora, a chronicler who wrote about the workers' movement in the newspaper “Crítica”. It was located in Boedo 837, in the city of Buenos Aires and began operating on January 30, 1922.

Its importance was fundamental: in its installations, in 1924, the “Boedo Group” was formed, founded by Elias Castelnuovo, Leonidas Barletta and Nicolás Olivari, with the contribution of writers Álvaro Yunque, Roberto Marini, César Tiempo, Raúl González Tuñón and the plastic artists Agustín Riganelli, Guillermo Facio Hebecquer and Lorenzo Stanchina.

He began his activity with the publication of weekly booklets called “Los Thinadores”, of which about 100 issues were edited, at the price of 20 cents. They contained works of universal literature and also by Argentine authors.

This informal group of avant-garde artists from Argentina during the 1920s was characterized by their social theme, their ideas of the left and their desire to link with the workers' movement. The Group was dissolved between 1928 and 1929.

On July 23, 1926, the magazine Claridad appeared, a rostrum of leftist thought in all its manifestations, reflecting the Argentine political landscape between 1926 and 1941. Roberto Arlt and César Tiempo published works in this body. “Editorial Claridad” also published books that addressed fundamental social issues. The cost of publications was very accessible, ranging from 50 cents to five pesos.

The books continued to appear by the collaborators, until Zamora's death in the 1970s forced his relatives to close it. On the façade of Boedo 837, a plaque made by filet artist Luis Zorz reminds “Editorial Claridad”, a cultural lighthouse that illuminated yesterday's Buenos Aires with its own lights.

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