Juan Carlos Onetti Biography

Author, Journalist (1909–1994)
Juan Carlos Onetti was an Uruguayan novelist and short-story writer whose existential works, including A Brief Life, chronicled the decay of modern urban life.


Juan Carlos Onetti was born on July 1, 1909, in Montevideo, Uruguay. His first published work was the novella El pozo (1939; The Pit). Onetti lived in Buenos Aires from 1943 to 1955, working as a journalist. He wrote his best-known novel, La vida breve (A Brief Life) in 1950. Onetti returned to Montevideo in 1955. His next major novel was El astillero (1961; The Shipyard).

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