Read at The Paris Review
Julio Cortázar's death in 1984 was met with tributes and farewells, recognizing him as one of Latin America's greatest writers.
When Julio Cortázar died of cancer in February 1984 at the age of sixty-nine, the Madrid newspaper El Pais hailed him as one of Latin America's greatest writers and over two days carried eleven full pages of tributes, reminiscences, and farewells.
Cortázar, who had been exiled from Argentina in the early 1970s, was finally able to make a last visit after the democratically elected government came to power.
Though Cortázar had lived in Paris since 1951, he visited his native Argentina regularly until he was officially exiled in the early 1970s by the Argentine junta, who had taken exception to several of his short stories. With the victory, last fall, of the democratically elected Alfonsín government, Cortázar was able to make one last visit to his home country.