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(Estate of) Ramón Lobo

Born in 1955 in Venezuela, Ramón Lobo was one of the most highly regarded war correspondents in the Spanish language. For many years, he worked for Spain’s most prominent daily newspaper El País covering the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Lebanon, Haiti, Rwanda, Serbia, Congo and Sierra Leone, among others. He considered himself a “war watcher” and explored the role of journalists who, like him before, are sent to war as observers and are not supposed to involve themselves in the conflicts unfolding before them. His first novel, Isla África (Africa Isle), set in Sierra Leona, was translated into several languages. He was also the author of several essays and works of narrative journalism, as well as another novel: El día que murió Kapuściński (The Day Kapuscinski Died).