Alberto Vanasco was an Argentine novelist, poet and short fiction writer.
Alberto Vanasco was born in 1925 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family moved to San Juan to settle at an estate belonging to his grandfather on his mother's side as a consequence to the crisis of the 1930s, as his father lost his job at the Municipal Bank. There in San Juan, Alberto Vanasco started his primary education. In 1934, his family moved back to a suburb of Buenos Aires, and by 1939, he moved once again to the town of San Martin. Changing to different sites of residence, from the countryside to the suburbs, had a profound impact on the author's personality that was reflected on his poetry. During his studies at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires he met other artists such as Mario Trejo, Aldo Cristiani, and Cesar de Vedia. In 1943 he published his first book, a short novel entitled Justo en la cruz del camino (''Just in the Way's Crossing'').
After his father's death in 1944, his family returned to Buenos Aires; there Alberto Vanasco had different jobs: at the Transportation Corporation, at the Court, as private professor of mathematics, as a custom's officer, journalist, translator, among others. These jobs left on him an experience that he reflected on his poems and short stories.
Konex Award 1984: Science Fiction, Alberto Vanasco
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