World cup of writers – Argentina


Well to talk about writers from Argentina there is only really one place to start and that is Jorge Luis Borges ,the godfather Latin american writing ,He was one of the most talented and innovated writers ,with stories that where surreal at time, alternate histories ,magic realism and with some of his very short stories you could even say he event flash fiction before it was invented .In later life he went blind and had people to read to him ,now one of these readers near the end of his life was Alberto Manugel who went on to become a writer as well ,his novel Stevenson under the palms is a favourite of mine ,he also writes non fiction books about reading ,writers the art of reading and his latest is about the time with Borges .Ernesto CHE Guevara was from Argentina as well and wrote his motorcycle diaries about a bike trip through Argentina and the surrounding countries which is a good read as you see the incidents that from the opinions in the later life of che .On my T.B.R pile i have a Julio Cortazaar a writer how’s style bridges the latin american magic realism and stream of conciousness of europe where he spent a long time I ve autonauts of the cosmonauts a book about a trip round france as made for the cosmopolitans.Another writer that i want to read is Cesar Aira his ghost is set in Buenos Aires and follows a daughters obsession with a ghost .other writers include Manuel Puig  Juan Filoy and Luisa Valenzulea .



My earliest memory of a world cup is the 1978 final in Argentina ,not so much the match as the stream of white streams surrounding what seemed a very lively crowd ,Argentina have a fine world cup history having won it twice at home in 1978 and then 8 years later in mexico they also came second in 1990 .I can ‘t not mention a couple of england Argentina relate incidents the infamous Maradona hand of god goal and the Beckham sending off in 1998 .Maradona did then go on to score one of the greatest solo goals of any world cup in that match against england .Maradona is one of the types of players Argentina produces time and time again small highly skilled attacking midfielders or strikers  from  Mario Kempes , Ossie Ardilles to Carlos Tevez at the moment . the will as ever be worth watching and as a number of the first team just won the champions league with inter Milan ,could be in with a chance .

the winning goal in 1978

What writers from Argentina do you know ?

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Iris
    May 24, 2010 @ 08:31:31

    You world cup posts remind me how little I know about world literature. I have “A Reading Diary” by Manguel on my shelves, but I have yet to read it.


  2. Lua
    May 24, 2010 @ 10:02:20

    Borges is one of my favorite authors! I was just reading one of his short stories the other day- Borges & I , he’s simply amazing!


  3. amymckie
    May 24, 2010 @ 15:38:57

    A lot of great options there. I only read one Argentinian book and it was MY NAME IS LIGHT by Elsa Osorio. I really enjoyed it.


  4. Sarah
    May 24, 2010 @ 15:48:07

    Stu, I started reading Borges’ A Universal History of Infamy, and only managed two or three of the shorts stories before giving up. I’m not really sure why I didn’t get on with it, but I would like to try again; can you recommend a good one to start with?

    I remain amazed by the breadth of your world reading!


    • winstonsdad
      May 24, 2010 @ 20:12:48

      fictiones or try onfamy again a book i loved ,thing have be in a ceartain frame of mind for Borges ,all the best stu


  5. Stewart
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 22:44:09

    Not on your list are Adolfo Bioy Casares, friend and collaborator of Borges; and Macedonio Fernández, mentor to Borges.


    • winstonsdad
      Jun 01, 2010 @ 23:12:43

      thanks stewart ,was looking at the fernadez that was publish by open book late last year eternas novel the other day but have wait til can afford a splash out on it ,all the best stu


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