Alejandra Pizarnik  

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Alejandra Pizarnik (April 29, 1936-September 25, 1972) was an Argentine poet.

Life and Work

She was born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A year after entering the department of Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pizarnik published her first book of poetry, La tierra más ajena (1955). Soon after, she studied painting with Juan Batlle Planas. Pizarnik followed her debut work with two more volumes of poems, La última inocencia (1956) and Las aventuras perdidas (1958).

From 1960 to 1964 Pizarnik lived in Paris. There she worked for the journal Cuadernos, sat on the editorial board of the magazine Les Lettres Nouvelles, and participated in the Parisian literary world. Pizarnik also attended a variety of courses at the Sorbonne, including contemporary French Literature. She died in Buenos Aires of a self-induced overdose of seconal.

Words in life

  • Beyonder Land(La tierra más ajena) (1955)
  • Last Innoncence (La última inocencia, 1956)
  • Lost Adventures (Las aventuras perdidas,1958)
  • Diana's Tree (Árbol de Diana, 1962)
  • Works and Nights (Los trabajos y las noches, 1965)
  • Madness Stone Extraction(Extracción de la piedra de locura) (1968)
  • Musical Hell(El infierno musical) (1971)
  • Bloody Countess(La condesa sangrienta) (1971)

Selection of Essays and Reviews

  • "Humor y poesía en un libro de Julio Cortázar." Revista Nacional de Cultura [Caracas] 25.160 (1963): 77-82.
  • "'El ojo' de Alberto Girri." Rev. Sur [Bs. As.] 291 (1964): 84-87.
  • "El verbo encarnado." Sur 294 (1965): 35-39.
  • "Silencios en movimientos." Sur 294 (1965): 103-106.
  • "Una tradición de la ruptura." La Nación [Bs. As.] (June 26 1966).
  • "Sabios y poetas." Sur 306 (1967): 52-55.
  • "Dominios ilícitos." Sur 311 (1968): 91-95.
  • "Nota de relectura de 'Nadja'. La muchacha del Bosque." Imagen [Caracas] 32 (1968).
  • "Notas sobre un cuento de Cortázar: 'El otro cielo'." Imagen 25 (1968): 5-6.
  • "'La motocicleta' de André Pieyre de Mandiargues." Sur 320 (1969): 101-104.
  • "The Bloody Countess. (1968)" The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, ed. Chris Baldick. Oxford University Press: 466-477.

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