Visibly moved by the death of Rojas, with whom she forged a close friendship, the writer sent her condolences to Cuba and called to rescue the two worlds in which the author lived: writing and journalism.
Calloni recalled that the Cuban journalist was the first war correspondent in Latin America during the United States invasion of Vietnam, highlighted her traces in the chronicles she bequeathed on nations such as Cambodia and the Cuban revolutionary process.
She also evoked the chronicles she wrote in Bohemia magazine when, on her trip to Santiago de Cuba, she was surprised by the attack on the Moncada barracks, led by Fidel Castro, and the detailed notes she took during historic leader’s self-defense plea, known as ‘History will absolve me’.
Rojas leaves a long journalistic wealth that should be among the best in the region and the world, said the author of Operation Condor, who wrote the prologue for an Argentinean edition of the Cuban author’s book ‘Las Campanas de Juana la Loca’, which she described as a masterpiece and original.
That work, she said, shows Marta’s enormous audacity in her literature and her research, which led her to wander through several worlds.
She also recalled that it was Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier who described her as a novelist by instinct, agile, talented and with a deep journalistic vocation, with a shrewd eye and a cultured and direct language.