Through the past century, Argentina's story has played out dramatically on the world stage: its great wealth and promise, its turbulent politics and powerful personalities, its myths that are still so very alive. Argentina: The Unofficial Stories features Eleanor in conversation with six outstanding Argentine writers (aired in April and May 2004.)
Argentina: The Unofficial Stories features Eleanor in conversation with six outstanding Argentine writers, beginning on April 25 with Tomas Eloy Martinez.
25 April 2004: Tomas Eloy Martinez
The Peron Novel and Santa Evita, both translated by Helen Lane, are available from Vintage Books (Random House). The Tango Singer will be published in 2005 by Bloomsbury.
2 May 2004: Aida Bortnik and Edgardo Cozarinsky
Aida Bortnik: Born in 1938 in Buenos Aires, dramatist Aida Bortnik is best known for her screenplay of The Official Story, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1985, opening the world's eyes to one of the darkest secrets of the "Dirty War." Originally a playwright, she is also recognized for her involvement with the legendary Open Theatre during the years of the last dictatorship. Internationally known for films such as The Old Gringo, she continues in her recent work to expose troubling currents in Argentine society.
The Official Story may be found at speciality video outlets. Bortnik's more recent titles include Wild Horses and Ashes from Paradise.
Cozarinsky's films include One Man's War, Warriors and Captives (from a story by Borges), Rothschild's Violin and Ghosts of Tangier. His earlier book titles are Urban Voodoo and Borges in/and/on Film (Lumen Books). The Bride from Odessa, translated by Nick Caistor, is published by Harvill Press.
9 May 2004: Luisa Valenzuela
Luisa Valenzuela: Born in 1938 in Buenos Aires, Luisa Valenzuela grew up with mixed cultural influences, but her work reflects a distinctly Latin American sensibility. She's lived in Paris, New York and Mexico, and her provocative fiction has been widely translated and studied. Valenzuela's most famous novel, The Lizard's Tail, is a fictional autobiography of the "sorcerer," Jose Lopez Rega, who controlled the country during the presidency of Isabel Peron and is regarded as the initiator of government death squads. Valenzuela has been described by Carlos Fuentes as "the heiress of Latin American fiction."
Books by Luisa Valenzuela currently available in English translation include The Lizard's Tail, Open Door, Symmetries, Bedside Manners (all from Serpent's Tail) and Clara (Latin American Literary Review Press).
16 May 2004: Martin Caparros and Guillermo Martinez
Unfortunately, Caparros's books are not yet available in English.
Guillermo Martinez: Born in 1962 in Bahia Blanca, novelist Guillermo Martinez came of age during the last dictatorship. He has made a dual career in mathematics and literature--disciplines that stimulate his creativity in mutually inspiring ways. His latest book, The Oxford Murders, is a crime novel that draws on his study of mathematical logic.
Martinez's novel Regarding Roderer was published by St. Martin's Press. The Oxford Murders will be published in English translation in 2005 by Little Brown.
Argentina: The Unofficial Stories was produced for Writers & Company by Sandra Rabinovitch. Special thanks to Maria Luna and Valeria Anon in Buenos Aires.