Manuel Mujica Láinez


Born
in Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 11, 1910

Died
April 21, 1984

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Manuel Mujica Lainez fue un escritor, biógrafo, crítico de arte y periodista argentino.

En 1936, publicó Glosas castellanas, una serie de ensayos centrados en su mayor parte en el Quijote.

Tres años después, publicó Don Galaz de Buenos Aires. Le siguen las biografías de su antepasado Miguel Cané (padre), en 1942, más las de Hilario Ascasubi (Aniceto, el Gallo, 1943) y de Estanislao del Campo (Anastasio, el Pollo, 1947).

En 1949, publicó un libro de cuentos, Aquí vivieron, en torno a una quinta de San Isidro.

Su segundo libro de cuentos, Misteriosa Buenos Aires, se ambientó también en la capital de la Argentina y su historia desde la fundación, en la que mezcla personajes típicos ficticios con hechos y personajes reales.

Le siguieron una serie de
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Bomarzo

4.25 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 1962 — 23 editions
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Misteriosa Buenos Aires

4.07 avg rating — 303 ratings — published 1950 — 12 editions
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The Wandering Unicorn

3.85 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 1980 — 19 editions
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El escarabajo

4.24 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1982 — 9 editions
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El hombrecito del azulejo

4.21 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1964 — 4 editions
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La casa

4.20 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1954 — 9 editions
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El viaje de los siete demonios

4.11 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1974 — 4 editions
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Aquí vivieron

4.11 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1949 — 4 editions
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Los ídolos

3.93 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1966 — 5 editions
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El gran teatro

3.85 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1979 — 6 editions
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“Nada es tan desconsolador, para un libro, como morir virgen. A mí, casi me sucedió.”
Manuel Mujica Láinez, Misteriosa Buenos Aires

“Nada es excepcional. En todo lugar han sucedido todas las cosas, aún las más inverosímiles y raras, porque el mundo es muy viejo y hace largo tiempo ya que no inventa, que no renueva su stock de posibilidades.”
Manuel Mujica Láinez

“As for denying the existence of fairies, good and bad, you have to be blind not to see them. They are everywhere, and naturally I have links of affection or dislike with all of them. The wealthy, spendthrift ones squander fortunes in Venice or Monte Carlo: fabulous, ageless women whose birthdays and incomes and origins nobody knows, putting charms on roulette wheels for the dubious pleasure of seeing the same number come up more often than it ought. There they sit, puffing smoke from long cigarette-holders, raking in the chips, and looking bored. Others spend the hours of darkness hanging their apartments in Paris or New York with Gothic tapestries, hitherto unrecorded, that drive the art-dealers demented-gorgeous tapestries kept hidden away in massive chests beneath deserted abbeys and castles since their own belle epoque in the Middle Ages. Some stick to their original line of country, agitating tables at seances or organizing the excitement in haunted houses; some perform kind deeds, but in a capricious and uncertain manner that frequently goes wrong, And then there are the amorous fairies, who never give up. They were to be seen fluttering through the Val Sans Retour in the forest of Broceliande, where Morgan la Fee concealed the handsome knight Guyomar and many lost lovers besides, or over the Isle of Avallon where the young knight Lanval lived happily with a fairy who had stolen him away. Now wrinkled with age, the amorous ones contrive to lure young men on the make who, immaculately tailored and bedecked with baubles from Cartier, escort them through the vestibules of international hotels. Yet other fairies, more studious and respectable, devote themselves to science, whirring and breathing above tired inventors and inspiring original ideas-though lately the unimaginable numbers,the formulae and the electronics, tend to overwhelm them. The scarcely comprehensible discoveries multiply around them and shake a world that is not theirs any more, that slips through their immaterial fingers. And so it goes on-all sorts and conditions of fairies, whispering together, purring to themselves, unnoticed on the impercipient earth. And I am one of them.”
Manuel Mujica Láinez, The Wandering Unicorn

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