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Julio Cortázar

Biography

After Borges, Cortázar is perhaps the most famous Argentinian writer. He was born in 1914 in Brussels (Belgium, not Argentina). He returned to Argentina with his family when he was four. He taught French literature at the University of Cuyo and was jailed for a period after protesting against Perón. He worked as a translator for Argentinian publishing houses, translating Poe, Gide and Defoe, amongst others. He subsequently became a freelance translator for UNESCO in Paris. His first story was published by Borges (in Los anales de Buenos Aires). He has written many short stories and one of his favourite themes is that of the ordinary life of the ordinary person being altered by strange forces. His fame, however, rests mainly on the novel Rayuela (Hopscotch), which was expertly translated into English by Gregory Rabassa. Cortázar was highly committed to left-wing causes, including the Cuban Revolution. He became a French citizen in 1981 and died in 1984.

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What Julio Cortázar Might Teach Us About Teaching Writing
Interview
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Julio Cortázar (in Spanish)
Cronología de Julio Cortázar (in Spanish)
Textos de/sobre Julio Cortázar (in Spanish)
Poemas de Julio Cortázar (in Spanish)
Julio Cortázar (selection of his poems – in Spanish)
Julio Cortázar (selection of his stories – in Spanish)
Julio Cortázar Entrevista inédita (in Spanish)

Bibliography

1938 Presencia (poetry)
1945 La otra orilla
1947 Casa tomada
1949 Los reyes (drama)
1951 Bestiario (Bestiary : Selected Stories)
1956 Final del juego (End of the Game and Other Stories; Blow-up, and Other Stories)
1959 Las armas secretas (stories)
1960 Los premios (The Winners)
1962 Historias de cronopios y de famas (Cronopios and Famas)
1963 Rayuela (Hopscotch)
1963 Carta a una señorita en París
1964 Cuentos
1964 La autopista del Sur
1966 Todos los fuegos el fuego (All Fires the Fire and Other Stories)
1967 Buenos Aires, de la fundacion a la angustia
1967 El perseguidor y otras cuentos
1967 La vuelta al día en ochenta mundos (Around the Day in Eighty Worlds)
1968 62, modelo para armar (62: a Model Kit)
1968 Ceremonias
1969 Casa tomada
1969 Ultimo round
1970 Viaje alrededor de una mesa
1970 Relatos
1971 La isla a mediodía y otros relatos
1971 Pameos y meopas
1972 Prosa del observatorio (Prose from the Observatory) (photos)
1973 La casilla de los Morelli
1973 Libro de Manuel (A Manual for Manuel)
1973 Reunión
1974 Octaedro
1975 Antología
1975 Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales
1976 Estrictamente no profesional
1977 Alguien que anda por ahí y otros relatos
1978 Cortázar por Cortázar
1979 Territorios
1979 Un Tal Lucas (A Certain Lucas)
1980 A Change of Light and Other Stories
1980 Queremos tanto a Glenda (We Love Glenda So Much)
1981 La raíz del Ombú
1982 Deshoras (Unreasonable Hours)
1983 Nicaragua tan violentamente dulce (Nicaraguan Sketches)
1983 Los autonautas de la cosmopista (Autonauts of the Cosmoroute)
1984 Argentina : años de alambradas culturales
1984 Salvo el crepúsculo (Save Twilight)
1984 Silvalandia
1986 Divertimento
1986 El examen
1987 Al termino del polvo y el sudor
1987 Policrítica en la hora de los chacales
1989 Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales
1990 Cartas a una pelirroja
1991 Dos juegos de palabras; Nada a Pehuajó; Adiós Robinson (drama)
1991 Poemas ineditos
1994 Cuentos completos
1994 Obra crítica
1994 Siete cuentos
1995 Diario de Andrés Fava
1995 Adiós, Robinson y otras piezas breves
1995 Veredas de Buenos Aires y otros poemas
1996 La autopista del sur y otros cuentos
1996 Imagen de John Keats
1997 La fascinación de las palabras
2000 Cartas
2009 Correspondencia Cortázar-Dunlop-Monrós
2016 Save Twilight: Selected Poems