Osvaldo Lamborghini (1940-1985) was an Argentine writer of the 1960s and 70s avant-gardes. His work is not easily lumped into traditional generic categories, as it spans and combines elements of poetry, prose fiction, and theatre.
Born in Buenos Aires, Lamborghini's first book appeared in that city in 1969.Most information in this section is taken from Cesar Aira, "Nota del compilador," the epilogue to Osvaldo Lamborghini's Novelas y cuentos, published in Buenos Aires by Sudamericana in 2003. An abbreviated version is accessible at http://www.literatura.org/OLamborghini/OLamborghini.html It was titled El fiord, and it is a complex, violent allegory of radical politics in 1960s Argentina. It circulated clandestinely, could only be found at one bookstore, and acquired a mythical status within the Argentine literary scene. His second book, Sebregondi retrocede appeared in 1973. It is a long poem in prose centered on the figure of the Marquis of Sebregondi, according to the author, an incarnation of Witold Gombrowicz, Pepe Bianco and an Italian uncle of Lamborghini. Poemas appeared in 1980 and was the last of his books published during his lifetime.
During the 1970s, Lamborghini was associated with the avant-garde magazine Literal on which he published several poems. The magazine was heavily influenced by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, particularly by way of the writings of Oscar Masotta, who was instrumental in bringing Lacanian thought to the Spanish-speaking world. Other notable figures associated with Literal include Luis Gusman, Hector Libertella, and Josefina Ludmer.
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