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His seminal work El puente debuted in and he garnered numerous awards for his proceeding works. He later was Secretary of Culture between and Gorostiza's stepfather, a playwright born in Spain , introduced Carlos to the theatre and in , he debuted his first work, a puppet show titled La clave encantada The enchanted key.

Capturing the tension between different social classes in Buenos Aires, the realist El puente drew partly on his own childhood experiences with his mother's fallen social status and secured his reputation in Buenos Aires' vibrant theatre scene.

Following El puente 's success, Gorostiza returned to theatre direction, though without the draw of spectators he had earlier enjoyed. Turning to work as a publicist for an ad agency whose chief customer was a laundry soap maker, his fame returned somewhat as a screenwriter for Julio Saraceni 's drama Marta Ferrari and when his play El pan de la locura The bread of madness was produced at Buenos Aires' famed Cervantes Theatre to acclaim in Returning to Argentina in , he continued his academic experience as professor of drama at the University of Buenos Aires.

Devoting himself mostly to teaching, Gorostiza produced only two new plays in the next decade. A novel published early in Los cuartos oscuros — The voting booths yielded him a National Grand Prize for Literature.

Cautious but undeterred, Gorostiza published a second novel, Los hermanos queridos Dear brothers , in A subtle criticism of the era's climate of fear, it earned him another Municipal Grand Prize and National Grand Prize. This success was marred by the theatre's fire bombing a week later, still an "unsolved mystery" the Picadero reopened in The return to democracy imminently following the Falklands War and economic collapse at the hand of the dictators' economists, Gorostiza produced Killing Time and A Fire to Put Out in , plays which earned him an Argentores Prize.

Facing a harried timetable and with his candidate unable to break out in the polls, Gorostiza was struck by President Reynaldo Bignone 's snide dismissal of the historic elections as a "democratic way out," whereby he created ads appealing for votes for "more than a democratic way out Frustrated by the post's limitations, he resigned amicably in He was replaced by Marcos Aguinis.

Gorostiza returned to writing, publishing a novella, collaborating on an acclaimed documentary of the Open Theatre and penning a nostalgic look at his brief time with his barnstorming natural father, Aeroplanos , which won him another Argentores Prize.

His existentialist novel Good People was followed in by another tale of his own childhood curiosity, The Masked Marauder. His works continued to be shown into his 90s, with four in rotation on the Buenos Aires theatre circuit in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Infobae in Spanish. Retrieved 20 July Retrieved 19 July La segunda modernidad — in Spanish 1st ed. Buenos Aires: Galerna.

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