Buenos Aires Literary: the city told by the great Argentine authors

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Buenos Aires Literary: the city told by the great Argentine authors

Dec 09, 2015

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The Palermo of Bioy

Some of the final scenes of the novel "El sueño de los Héroes” (The Dream of Heroes) happen between Recoleta and Barrio Norte. Specifically, at the corner of Libertador and Tagle where decades ago ran the first luxury cabaret city: the Armenonville. Clara, the female character of the story, is looking for Emilio before an outcome which will have as stage the Bosques de Palermo. For the story “Diario de la Guerra Cerdo” (Journal of the Pig War), Adolfo Bioy Casares chose the streets of Paunero, Salguero, Cabello, Cerviño and Seguí to confine the radius of hunting where a group of young people undertake the extermination of the elderly.





Cortázar and downtown

The writer uses the London City Café, located in and Avenida de Mayo, to count the beginning and end of his novel “Los Premios” (The Awards). The place was reopened a few months ago to mark the centenary of the artist. Another identifiable location of the urban area shows up on the short story “El otro cielo” (The other sky). Julio Cortázar was inspired by the viewpoint of Güemes Gallery (Florida 165), a building considered the first skyscraper in the city to tell the story of a man who leads a double life between two cities: and ; and two galleries: Güemes and Vivienne. The observation tower was reopened to public in 2013.


Borges' Palermo

Among the hundreds of mentions of Buenos Aires that appear in the stories and poems by Jorge Luis Borges, it’s worth mentioning the magic apple Mythical Foundation of Buenos Aires which is located in what is now the heart of Palermo Soho: "A whole block but in the middle of the field / exposed to lights and rains and storms. / The block which still stands in my neighborhood: / Guatemala, Serrano, Paraguay and Gurruchaga ". The tale “La noche de los dones” (Night of gifts) comes from a story where Borges puts men at a meeting that occurred in the now missing confectionery “Del Aguila”, Santa Fe and Callao, where there is now a women's clothing store.


Sábato distances

Ernesto Sábato, with his home in Santos Lugares –province of Buenos Aires, now converted into a museum of his work, he also inspired by postcards of the city to write his stories. The in San Telmo, is where the stars of “Sobre Héroes y Tumbas” (On Heroes and Tombs), Martin and Alejandra know. The course of this story also involves Barracas, La Boca and Palermo, though among the most memorable sites on the novel is the archway of the Immaculate Conception Church (Vuelta de Obligado 2042, Belgrano) which is an important stage of the chapter “Informe sobre Ciegos” (Report of the blind). There, Fernando Vidal Olmos, one of the characters, knows the secrets of the sect who pursues and explores its underground worlds.





Oesterheld procession

The science fiction comic written by Hector Oesterheld is considered a classic of Argentine literature. The story happens in several important sites in the city of as the , River Plate Stadium (Nuñez), Plaza Italia (Palermo) and Congress. The Barrancas de Belgrano traffic circle, the park located opposite the railway Mitre which still remains intact, is the place where Juan Salvo, the main character of the play, has a major close encounter with one of the alien invaders.

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