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LUIS BRITTO GARCÍA
Luis Britto García, lawyer, writer, playwright and Venezuelan historian, has been devoted to journalism and teaching History of Political Thought at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He made a name for himself as a narrator with Los fugitivos y otros cuentos (1964), and he confirmed his dominance of the short tales with Rajatabla, awarded with the House of the Americas Prize, and La orgía imaginaria (1983). The novels Vela de armas (1970) and Abrapalabra (House of the Americas Prize, 1979) showed him as one of the more ambitious playwrights of the moment. Among his drama plays are: Venezuela tuya (1971), Así es la casa (1971), El tirano Aguirre o La conquista de El Dorado (1975, Theater National Prize) and Suena el teléfono (1979). He has stood out as a remarkable essayist with Science, Technology and Dependence (1975), The Mask of the Power: From the Necessary Gendarme to the Necessary Democrat (1988) and The Power without the Mask: From the Populist Compromise to the Social Explosion (1989). He wrote the screenplay of the movie Zamora, featured by Fundación Villa del Cine, directed by Román Chalbaud.