Two Argentine books, among the hundred best of all time

“Ficciones” by Jorge Luis Borges and “Facundo o civilization and barbarism” by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento were chosen in a ranking of the 100 best books of universal literature prepared by the Spanish medium ABC with the participation of more than 50 critics, writers and writers.

“Fictions” by Jorge Luis Borges and “Facundo or civilization and barbarism” by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento They were chosen in a ranking of the 100 best books of universal literature prepared by the Spanish medium ABC with the participation of more than 50 critics and writers, each of whom was invited to select the ten works that, in their opinion, are fundamental to literature.

A) Yes, in position 33 was undoubtedly the most universal author of Argentine literature, Jorge Luis Borgesselected in this case for his volume of stories “Ficciones” (1944), which brings together texts such as “El Sur” that the writer himself defined as “perhaps” one of his best stories. While at number 78, the politician and educator Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was located with the essays of “Facundo or civilization and barbarism”, a work that began to be published in serials in 1845 and became a text of enormous influence in the political-cultural imaginary and the paradigm of the time.

These are the only two texts by Argentine authors that make up the list of 100 books of universal literature produced by the cultural supplement of the ABC media outlet in Spain, in which writers and critics such as Fernando Aramburu, Rodrigo Fresán, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Lorenzo Silva, Berta Vias Mahou, Enrique Vila-Matas were summoned to give their verdict. and Manuel Vilas, among others. As a result, a list that demonstrates the formative force and validity of the classical texts: “Don Quixote” by Cervantes, the first place, followed by “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” by Homer; “The Divine Comedy” by Alighieri; Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”; and in sixth place “The Bible”.

In fact, only three books from the last hundred years entered the top 25 positions. In that small space for works from the last century, at number 24, and being the first Latin American to appear on this list, was the magical realism of the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez with “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The Nobel Prize for Literature also took another place in the top 100 with “Love in the Time of Cholera” at No. 53.

As for writers, the first to appear in the 11th position is Emily Bronte with “Wuthering Heights”, followed by Emily Dickinson and her “Poems”; Natalia Ginzburg and “Family Lexicon”; Iris Murdoch and “The sea, the sea”; Santa Teresa de Jesús for “Las moradas” and Jane Austen for “Emma”.

Other works that make up the hundred fundamental works according to the opinion of those invited are: “The Invention of Solitude”, by Paul Auster; “The year of the death of Ricardo Reis”, by José Saramago; 70. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley; “Sóngoro cosongo”, by Nicolás Guillén; “A Room of One’s Own,” by Virginia Woolf; “Poet in New York”, by Federico García Lorca; “The Metamorphosis”, by Franz Kafka; or “Pedro Páramo” by Juan Rulfo.

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Two Argentine books, among the hundred best of all time