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Julio Florencio Cortázar was an Argentine writer, translator and intellectual. Without renouncing his Argentine nationality, he opted for French nationality in 1981, in protest against the Argentine military regime. He is considered one of the most innovative and original authors of his time, master of the short story, poetic prose and short story in general, and creator of important novels that inaugurated a new way of making literature in the Hispanic world, breaking the molds Classics through narrations that escape from temporal linearity. Because the contents of his work travel on the border between the real and the fantastic, it is usually put in relation to magical realism and even surrealism.

He lived both childhood and adolescence and incipient maturity in Argentina and, since the 1950s, in Europe. He lived in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and France, where he settled in 1951 and where he set some of his works. In addition to being a writer, he was also a well-known translator, a job he carried out, among others, for Unesco.