5 Argentine Authors worth Reading that are not Borges

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Eterna Cadencia Bookstore (Honduras 5574, Palermo) PH:aya padrón

If there’s something that Buenos Aires knows how to do, it’s books. The city is chock full with bookstores, publishing houses, readers and writers alike, and although Borges, and Cortázar are the names that usually come up when it comes to local lit, there is plenty more room to make on the bookshelf for Argentine writers. Below, a pick of five that are well worth the read, just as a starter.

Roberto Arlt: A contemporary to Borges, who belonged to the more “refined” Florida group of authors, Arlt was the greatest exponent of the antagonic Boedo literary group that wrote with more of a social focus. His novels, sometimes more straightforward, sometimes more complex, paint a gritty and unique picture of Buenos Aires and its strange characters.   His novels include Diary of a MorphimaniacMad Toy, Seven MadmenThe Flame-Throwers, and Bewitching Love.

Silvina OCampo: Another Borges contemporary, Silvina, sister to Victoria OCampo and wife of author Bioy Casares, wrote mostly short stories and poetry. She also studied painting and drawing and was one of the first Argentine women authors, alongside poet Alfonsina Storni and Alejandra Pizarnik, to receive recognition for her outstanding literary work. Her writing mostly fits into the fantastic and surreal, displays rich imagery and explores recurring themes related to childhood, mirrors and transformations. Some of her translated works include Thus Were Their Faces and Silvina OCampo (stories and poems) by Jason Weiss.

Rodolfo Fogwill: Sociology graduate and first a businessman, Fogwill began his writing career later on in life and was able to focus solely on it after his short story “Punk Girl” was awarded the first prize in a literary contest. His very famous and truly accomplished novel, Malvinas Requiem:Visions of an Underground War, was written while the war was going on, and rumor has it that it was written on a seventy two hour writing binge.

Juan José Saer: Atmospheres tainted by weather and landscapes contain the sinuous narratives that this master of the novel wrote during his life. Some of his works translated into English include: Shadows on Jeweled Glass, The Witness, The One Before, Nobody Nothing Never, and The Event.

Ricardo Piglia: Celebrated internationally, Piglia wrote short stories, essays and novels about truth and fiction, social and political issues as well as having been a well known literature professor both in Argentina and abroad. His novels include Artificial Respiration, The Absent City,  Burnt Money, Nocturnal Target and One Way Road. 

This Weekend: Buenos Aires for Bookworms and Foodies

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PH: Floris van Halm

Buenos Aires is known for its literary heritage and in the last ten years has developed a gourmet cuisine scene that has also become one of its attractions. This weekend both combine at Feria Leer y Comer (Read and Eat Fair) where there will be food trucks, book sales, signings and literary and culinary talks and debates from 12 to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Concepción Arenal 4865, Chacarita. 

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PH: Nuria Pico

Also this weekend, on Saturday night is La Noche de las Librerías (Bookshop Night) which will offer the possibility of attending poetry readings, debates, and of visiting different bookshops around the city. The event will take place from 6pm to midnight, mostly on Avenida Corrientes, and also offers some activities that non spanish speakers can also understand such as an outdoor jazz jam at 7pm at the Alfonsina Storni stand on Corrientes 1900, and an exhibit of antique book at the beautiful Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Palace of Running Waters). Readers are also invited to buy a book published by an independent publisher and to share a picture of it on social media with the hashtag #indiebookday.

This Week: 27th of April- 3rd of May

Monday

The first edition of the B.15 Performance Biennial will be taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

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If you haven’t stopped by the International Book Fair yet make sure to head to La Rural in Palermo and join other bookworms on their quest for inspiring stories and lectures on the world of words. More information here.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

Wednesday

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Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, at 9pm, the Tango Championship kicks off until the 10th of May! More information here.

Thursday

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One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

Later on, from 7pm to 11.30pm, the Recoleta fine arts museum (MNBA) opens its doors for an alternative experience of art with live music, video projections and more! av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.  

Friday

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Friday is a national holiday due to Labor Day celebrations!

Stop by San Telmo and catch a glimpse of the stunning Rogelio Yrurtia monument to labor on Paseo Colón and Independecia Avenue.

In the evening, at 9.30pm head to Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a live show by Clave Cubana. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday 

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Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

The Monsters of Rock festival will be taking place during the weekend featuring live performances by Motorhead, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osborne. Tickets here.

Fierro’s 2013 Christmas Gift Guide

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Some of us believe that gift giving is one of the happiest aspects of the Christmas season, others prefer receiving and write long lists to Santa letting him know what they expect. Whether you’re amongst the first group and are looking for original ideas to surprise your loved ones, or whether you’re amongst the second and want to make sure that there’s nothing missing on your wish list, here is our pick of local gifts this year. (And for more suggestions you can find our 2011 list  here and our 2012 list here).

Knits: The sunny Summer Argentine weather is probably not inspiring anyone to think about wooly wear, but the northern hemisphere is kicking off Winter, so warm and fuzzy may just be the thing to take back home, if that’s where home is of course. We specially like the new trend in ecological wool and ethical production that design companies like URSA and Laraia Crafts encourage.

Local Art: The local art scene is thriving and offers perfect gift giving opportunities. Hollywood in Cambodia showcases and sells the work of some of the most talented urban artists in the city, whilst Galeria Mar Dulce represents the young up and coming. The gorgeous art tapestries by NESLE also make great gifts and will make walls look all the prettier. Another option is to help fund a project, such as Jellyfish Editorial’s gorgeous Magia y Mística art book.

Another booming local industry is clothes design. Strolling down the streets of Palermo Soho you’re sure to find beautiful and unique gift opportunities. Here is a guide of our favorite Soho designers.

Wine lovers who read Spanish should definitely get a copy of Más allá del Malbec, the new book about wine that our in-house sommelier celebrity Andrés Rosberg and star writer Quintín put together after spending many an afternoon tasting wines, and exploring the depths of the purples and reds. A must read!

Finally, if you’re on a budget and want something way more traditional, the weekend artisans fairs at Plaza Francia, Feria de Mataderos, Plaza Belgrano and San Telmo are great places to stop by and find handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, mates and antiques.

April in Buenos Aires

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A month full of music and art is in store for us in Buenos Aires, with great international live acts, the independent film festival and book fair, and the 2013 gallery nights kick-off coming up.  Start penciling in your cultural schedule because this April the city is brimming with things to do!

10th-21st of April- BAFICI. The renowned international independent film festival is one of the hottest cultural events of the year. Make sure to start checking out the who is who and buy tickets in advance! More information here.

11th of April- Gallery Nights. The monthly art event starts its 2013 season at the hippest Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro art galleries. More information here.

25th of April- 13th of May- International Book Fair. Buenos Aires is a literary city and the annual book fair is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is books as bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature. More information here.

28th – 30th of April- Tales of the Cocktail Tour. This three-day cocktail tour will include seminars by international and locally renowned bartenders, barhops, tango, asado and more. For more information contact Barbara at bsugasti@gmail.com

Live Music:

2nd- 3rd of April- Pepsi Music Festival. Line up includes Queens of the Stone Age and Pearl Jam. Tickets here.

2nd of April – A Perfect Circle and Tomahawk –  Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

6th of April- Regina Spektor- GEBA. Tickets here.

7th of April- Keane – Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

12th of April- The Cure- Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

14th of April- Chuck Berry- Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week off by getting a general picture of Buenos Aires with Jonathan who offers free daily walking tours that start at 11am from the Garibaldi Statue at Plaza Italia. More information here.

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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Stop by the Museo Carlos Gardel in Abasto where National Tango day will be taking place with inaugurations, live music and more from 5pm onwards. Jean Jaurés 735, Abasto.

Later on, continue celebrating tango at the free performance by renowned dancer Juan Pablo Ledo who will display his abilities in ballet and tango starting at 8.30pm at the Complejo Cultural 25 de Mayo. Av. Triunvirato 4444,  Villa Urquiza

Wednesday

(Escalera by Juan Gatti. Photo by r2hox)

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Later on don’t miss the second half of the exhibit, a special projection that will take place at the Planetarium starting at 8.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

The last gallery night of the year will also be taking place in Palermo, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the hippest city art whilst mixing and mingling with locals and foreigners alike from 7pm to 10pm. More information here.

Thursday

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The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging a concert,  De Raíces y Alturas (Roots and Heights). Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Piano soloist- Nelson Goerner. Featuring pieces by Pascual de Rogatis, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Claude Debussy. Tickets here.

Later on,  the legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

 

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Head out and roam the city bookshops on Saturday evening when the city will  be celebrating La Noche de las Librerias (bookstore night). Check out some of our favorite BA bookstores here.

On Saturday  head to Av. de Mayo and Bolivar where there will be a free concert by Zamba Quipildor, a renowned singer from Jujuy who will be singing Christmas songs and Argentine folklore from 9.15 pm onwards.

Also on Saturday,  the legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

On Sunday there is a free concert at the Colón Theatre featuring the Buenos Aires Instrumental Ensemble who will play pieces by Adolphe Blanc, Alberto Ginastera and Johannes Brahms at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. prior to the function.)

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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A new exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

Tuesday

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Book your place for the midday Palermo parrilla tour, where experts will guide you to the best beef in town. More information here.

Starting at 9pm a very large group of bicycle enthusiasts will be meeting at the obelisk on 9 de Julio Avenue for their monthly full moon nocturnal bike ride (Masa Crítica). Rent one for yourself here and join this unique event in the city!

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Should the grey days continue, as forecasted, head to one of the city’s indoor attractions such as the Ateneo Grand Splendid (one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!). Afterwards you can try one of our recommended spots for 5 o’clock tea.

At 8.30pm, the Fibonacci Project Buenos Aires will be presenting a multidisciplinary show, product of an international collaborative program that seeks to promote cultural integration. Centro Cultural San Martin, Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

Thursday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Whilst in the area remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

Friday

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The annual Caminos y Sabores regional food fair is the perfect chance to get to know the culinary traditions from around the country. The fair takes place from the 6th to the 9th of July at La Rural in Palermo. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

 In the evening check out one of the new in vogue city nightspots such as Unicorn Huset or La Oreja Negra!

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday there will be Armenian celebrations at Avenida de Mayo and Bolivar starting at midday. Typical food and dances will be on display.

The annual Caminos y Sabores  regional food fair is the perfect chance to get to know the culinary traditions from around the country. The fair takes place from the 6th to the 9th of July at La Rural in Palermo. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia.  3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.