One of the most important Argentinian writers of all time, Julio Cortazar was born in Belgium. When he was a child he went with his parents to Argentina. She stayed in Buenos Aires until 1951, when he went to Paris and he stayed in France until his death. His first book of short stories was "Bestiario" published in 1951. After this, he wrote many books of short stories like "Final del Juego" (1956), "Todos los fuegos el fuego" (1966), "Las armas secretas" (1964). In this last book he wrote the story "El perseguidor" based in the life of the great alto sax player Charlie Parker. His most celebrated book was the novel "Rayuela" (1963). His short story "Las Babas del Diablo" was adapted by Michelangelo Antonioni into the the movie Blow-Up (1966). "La autopista del sur" inspired the movie Weekend (1967) directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
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