Juan Carlos Onetti (1909-1994) is a Uruguayan novelist and the author of short stories; he is considered a skilful writer, intermingling flying fantasy with reality. He is the bearer of the National Literary Award of Uruguay in 1963 and of the prestigious Spanish Cervantes award in 1980. His works combine comedy, sadness, loneliness, absurdity, religion and life in the modern world. Considered a contemporary classical writer of Latin American literature of the 20th century, Juan Carlos Onetti has been placed on a par with the names of Gabriel Garcia Marques, Mario Vargas Llosa and Mario Benedetti.
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