He is said to be the most French of the Argentine writers. In any case, Julio Cortázar, one of the most important Argentine novelists that, like Jorge Luis Borges, went to live his last years in Paris. An exile that meant his reputation of having betrayed his country. However, thanks to these two lives, one Argentinean and another one French, Cortázar created a unique Argentine work.
From the very beginning, Europe was there. His father’s diplomatic activity made him be born in Brussels. With the First World War, the Cortázar family took some time before going back to their country. Julio Cortázar arrived in Buenos Aires in 1918, and his childhood was gloomy and lonely. As he was abandoned by his father, he grew up surrounded by women, his mother and his grandmother in the city’s suburbs, as a young child found reading a way of forgetting his sadness. Sometime later, he declared that at the age of 8 or 9, he got drunk with words… up to the point of madness.