Larreta is a Uruguayan writer, playwright and actor. Apart from those professions, he became well-known as a reporter, scriptwriter for television and cinema, cineaste, theatre director, cinema and theatre critic (writing in the Spanish newspaper El País between 1948 and 1959, and in Marcha between 1963 and 1966).
In 1971 he received the 'Premio Casa de las Américas' award for his theatrical oeuvre Juan Palmieri. He lived in Madrid from 1972 until 1985, where he abandoned his theatre work in order to write and work as a script-writer for cinema and television. In 1980, his novel Volavérunt was awarded the 'Premio Planeta' award. The critics were unanimous in their appraisal of the work, characterized by his fluid style, the artful handling of the intrigue, and the perspicacity in reflecting an epoch. In 1982, he returned to the theatre where he directed his own adaptation of La Dorotea, by Lope de Vega, and in the following year Stories from the Vienna Forest, both in Madrid.