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Silvina Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires in 1903 to an elite Argentine family. With her husband Bioy Casares and their close friend Jorge Luis Borges, Ocampo collaborated on two anthologies while at the same time publishing fiction and poetry on her own. A short story writer and a poet of very rare talent, Silvina Ocampo was awarded the National Prize for Poetry in 1962, among several other literary awards. She died in Buenos Aires in 1993.
Ocampo’s lasting fame rests on her volumes of short stories, published between 1937 and 1988, such as Autobiografía de Irene (“Irene`s Autobiography”, 1948) and La furia y otros cuentos (“The Fury and other Stories”, 1959) as well as posthumously published works such as Las repeticiones y otros cuentos (“The Repetitions and other Stories”, 2006) or her novel La torre sin fin (“The Topless Tower”, 2006).
In 2011 Sudamericana published Ocampo’s “posthumous autobiography”. The novel La promesa (“The Promise”) is an intelligent, finely observed and bizarre portrait of a number of people and their relationships to one another. When a woman falls overboard on a ship, she makes a promise to herself: Should she survive, she will write a book about all the people who have played a role in her life, be it large or small.
Of all the words that could define her, the most accurate is, I think, ingenious.
Jorge Luis Borges
I think Silvina Ocampo is a genius, one of the greatest. She lived a little in the shadow of her sister Victoria on the one hand and of her husband Bioy Casares and Borges on the other. She was an extravagant woman when writing her stories, short and crystalline, she was perfect.
Original editions and rights sold:
La torre sin fin
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2007, 124 p.
UK: Hesperus Press 2010
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2011, 144 p.
Italy: La Nuova Frontiera
Short prose (selection):
Las repeticiones y otros relatos inéditos
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2006, 296 p.
La furia y otros cuentos
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2006, 275 p.
Germany: Suhrkamp 1992 ● Romania: Univers 2015
Invenciones del recuerdo
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2006, 183 p.
Autobiografía de Irene
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2008, 192 p.
Italy: Sellerio 2000
Ejércitos de la oscuridad
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2008, 185 p.
France: Gallimard 1974, 1999 ● Italy: Einaudi 1973, Editori Riuniti 1989, La Nuova Frontiera 2010 ● US: New York Review of Books 2015
El caballo alado
Buenos Aires: Ediciones De La Flor 1996
Italy: Mondadori 2000
La naranja maravillosa
Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2006, 118 p.
Italy: Mondadori 2001