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Ocampo, Silvina

Entry updated 28 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1903-1993) Argentinian editor, journalist, painter, poet and author, married to Adolfo Bioy Casares from 1940 until her death, long associated with Jorge Luis Borges mainly through the almost conjugal conversations between their fiction, much of which in both cases was written in the late 1930s and 1940s; and as collaborator in the extremely influential Antologia de la Literatura Fantástica (anth 1940; trans various hands as The Book of Fantasy 1988) with Bioy Casares and Borges. Though her work is radiantly fantastic (see Fantastika), her use of sf topoi was – though nothing was casual in her work through a long career – almost invariably surreal, lacking sf mensurations; its literalism was the literalism of Magic Realism. Her detective novel, Los que aman, odian (1946; trans Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell as Where There's Love, There's Hate 2013) with Adolfo Bioy Casares, is nonfantastic. [JC]

Silvina Inocencia Ocampo Aguirre

born Buenos Aires, Argentina: 28 July 1903

died Buenos Aires, Argentina: 14 December 1993

collections and stories

  • Viaje olvidado (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Sur, 1937) [coll: binding unknown/]
    • Forgotten Journey (San Francisco, California: City Lights Books, 2019) [coll: trans of the above by Katie Lateef-Jan and Suzanne Jill Levine: pb/Elizabeth Knafo]
  • Los que aman, odian (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Emecé, 1946) with Adolfo Bioy Casares [novella: binding unknown/]
  • La torre sin fin (Madrid, Spain: Alfaguara, 1985) [novella: binding unknown/Gogo Husso]
    • The Topless Tower (London: Hesperus Worldwide, 2010) [novella: chap: trans by James Womack of the above: pb/Isabel Wilkinson]
  • Leopoldina's Dream (New York: Penguin Books, 1988) [coll: trans by Daniel Baldstron from various sources: introduction by Jorge Luis Borges: pb/]
  • La promesa (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Lumen Editorial Sudamericana, 2011) [novella: binding unknown/]
    • The Promise (San Francisco, California: City Lights Books, 2019) [trans by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell of the above: pb/Elizabeth Knafo]

poetry (highly selected)

  • Espacios Métricos ["Metrical Spaces"] (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Sur, 1942) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/]
  • Silvina Ocampo (New York: New York Review Books, 2015) [poetry: coll: trans by Jason Weiss from various sources: pb/Emily Singer]

works as editor


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