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Julio Cortázar
Cortázar in 1967, photo by Sara Facio
Cortázar in 1967, photo by Sara Facio
Born 26 August 1914
Ixelles, Belgium
Died 12 February 1984(1984-02-12) (aged 69)
Paris, France
Resting place Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris
Occupation Writer, translator
Nationality Argentine, French
Genre Short story, poetry, novel
Literary movement Latin American Boom
Notable works Hopscotch
Blow-up and Other Stories
Notable awards Prix Médicis (France, 1974), Rubén Darío Order of Cultural Independence (Nicaragua, 1983)

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Julio Cortázar, born Julio Florencio Cortázar (26 August 1914 – 12 February 1984) was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar influenced an entire generation of Spanish-speaking readers and writers in America and Europe.

He is considered one of the most innovative and original authors of his time, a master of history, poetic prose and short story in general and a creator of important novels that inaugurated a new way of making literature in the Hispanic world by breaking the classical moulds through narratives that escaped temporal linearity.

He lived his childhood and adolescence and incipient maturity in Argentina and, after the 1950s, in Europe. He lived in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and France, where he settled in 1951 and composed some of his works.

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