Barrio Cortazar (Literary Tour Buenos Aires)

Barrio Cortazar (Literary Tour Buenos Aires) Did you know that there is a waltz that says that Buenos Aires has one hundred neighborhoods? “The hundred porteños neighborhoods” is a kind of synonym of Buenos Aires. But we have bad news: we only have forty-eight neighborhoods. Not even when the waltz was created the city was divided into one hundred neighborhoods. But, honoring another typical expression … ¿quién te quita lo bailado? (it’s like saying: do not regret).

Even so, with our forty-eight neighborhoods, each one has its own peculiarity. Today we are going to present to you one that may be of great interest to you: the neighborhood where Julio Cortazar lived his youth.

Barrio Cortazar (Literary Tour Buenos Aires)

The Rawson neighborhood (Barrio Rawson) transmits us the same magic as the prose of its old neighbor. Located in a section of Villa del Parque, bordering the Agronomy park (a large green spot open to the public, where the Agronomy and Veterinary University are located), the Rawson neighborhood is made up of low houses and some very old buildings.

As in the stories of Cortazar, in the Rawson neighborhood, you will find many cats. Perhaps as a tribute to those who loved them so much, cats have a very important presence in the area.

Cortazar lived in the building located in Artigas 3246. There is a plaque that expresses the author’s step. And he reminds us that the neighborhood is present in several of his stories. Although times have changed, this small area preserves the soul of a true neighborhood. It’s hidden between the avenues and the park, the air that breathes is loaded with poetry, cats, the scent of jasmine, the tranquility of the neighborhood.

As a message from beyond, visiting the Rawson neighborhood reminds us that you can always live a poetic moment. Of course, there are more or less prone conditions for it. Evidently, this neighborhood allowed Cortazar to get some inspiration. Although we already know, a genius like his, he could create from anywhere in the world.

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