Victoria Ocampo (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1890-Beccar, Buenos Aires, 1979), was a writer, intellectual, essayist, translator, editor and philanthropist. She participated in the first demonstrations of the feminist and intellectual movements, which led her to create the Argentine Women's Union. Her travels allowed her to make friends with exponents of literature and the intellectual world, among whom Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Camus stood out. She founded the magazine and publishing house Sur, promoting the literary work of authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares or Henry Miller, among others.
A careful selection of autobiographical and essay texts is presented, allowing us to rescue the most valuable aspects of her work from the "burning disorder" in which she herself wanted it to remain. The result is one of the most valuable examples of memorial literature in Spanish. A book where the enriching dialogues with intellectuals such as Ortega y Gasset, Virginia Woolf, Borges or Stravinsky coexist with sharp reflections on jealousy, adulterous love and the art of "deciphering a face", and where some of the (tragic) figures of the century make a brief and aching appearance, such as the French writer Drieu La Rochelle.
Carlos Pardo (Madrid, 1975) is the author of several books of poems, including Echado a perder and Los allanadores. His poetry has been translated into several languages. He is also the author of the novels Vida de Pablo and El viaje a pie de Johann Sebastian. He works as a literary critic for the supplement Babelia.