Even though he spent most of his writing time in France, Julio CortĂˇzar (1914-1984) is the quintessential Argentine writer. His short stories and novels, mostly written in the 1950â€™s through 1970â€™s, are dark, complicated and very deep. He was a great innovator who was not afraid to experiment with form or content: one famous short story, Axolotl, narrates one manâ€™s conversion from a human into an axolotl (a small animal similar to a salamander). In another story, â€śAfter Lunch,â€ť a young boy must take something for a walk through the city: we never learn if the â€śsomethingâ€ť is a dog, younger sibling or older relative.
CortĂˇzar was a â€śwriterâ€™s writerâ€ť and greatly influenced many of todayâ€™s most important Latin American literary figures. Even though he has been dead for over twenty-five years, CortĂˇzar is revered in Argentina: youâ€™ll see his books for sale everywhere and his gaunt face looking at you from posters, refrigerator magnets, t-shirts and anything else it can be printed on.
If you want to read some of his stories, you can often find translations (or the original Spanish versions, if you prefer) posted online. Check out either of the above titles, or look for some of his other masterpieces; some of the more remarkable ones are â€śThe night face-up,â€ť â€śthe droolings of the Devil,â€ť â€śA yellow flower,â€ť and â€śContinuity of the Parks.â€ť
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