Silvina Ocampo

Argentina

© Adolfo Bioy Casares

 

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.

 

 

Ocampo’s readers will participate in an unforgettable banquet. Luckily for many of us, Ocampo’s universe is constantly expanding.

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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.

César Aira

 

 

Original editions and rights sold:

 

 

Novels (selection):

 

La torre sin fin

Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2007, 124 p.

Turkey: Nebula (Paloma) UK: Hesperus Press 2010

 

La promesa

Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2011, 144 p.

Italy: La Nuova Frontiera Turkey: Nebula (Paloma)

 

 

Short prose (selection):

 

Las repeticiones y otros relatos inéditos

Buenos Aires: Sudamericana 2006, 296 p.

Romania: Univers

 

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.

 

Las invitadas

Buenos Aires: 1961, Lumen 2016, 320 p.

 

 

Anthologies:

 

France: Gallimard 1974, 1999 Italy: Einaudi 1973, Editori Riuniti 1989, La Nuova Frontiera 2010 US: New York Review of Books 2015

 

 

For children:

 

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