José María Monterroso Devesa-Juega

Pseudonym: José Devesa, Andrés Terra, José M. Tarrío
Category: Civil servant, researcher and writer
Birth Date: 10th November 1944
Birth Place: A Coruña

He was brought up in Tacuarembó (Uruguay) and discovered Galicia when he was twenty. During the 80's, he promoted Galician culture and language through the radio, books and lectures and taking part in politics. He studied Philology, Law and Piano and worked as a civil servant in the Exchequer. Then, he devoted himself to the study of personal names and Genealogy, focussing on Galician families that have been creating lineages in Argentina and Uruguay since the 18th century.

 Work & Activities

These are some of his most important works Cara ó lonxe, noite adiante (poetry, 1973)¸ As ruas da cruña (democratizaçom e galeguizaçom do nomenclátor, sem assinar) (1978); O galego hoxe (collective book, 1978); Nau enfeitizada (poetry, 1979); Galego e galeguismo (anthology, 1979); De amor e desamor (I and II, collective book, 1984 and 1985); Sobre o portunhol (collective book, 1986); O tema da emigración no Castelao gráfico (?Xesús Canabal? Prize, Montevideo, 1987); Memoria de Tacuarembó (poetry, Montevideo, 1987); Apelidos galegos (1990); O cemiterio de Santo Amaro, A Corunha (1992); Apeligos Galego-Portugueses no mundo (collective book, 1993); Aquela Luz (poetry, 1997); Casamientos en la vieja Coruña (1999); La onomástica como auxiliar de la Genealogía (Buenos Aires, 1999); Seis familias de Tacuarembó (2000); etc.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He is a foundation member of the Association of Writers in Galician Language and the Galician Association of the Language. He is an active member of the Institute of Genealogical Studies of Uruguay. He practises his philological ideology in the Galician Language Association.