Haroldo Conti


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Haroldo Conti was born in the province of Buenos Aires in 1925. He studied at a Salesian school and a Jesuit seminary before graduating with a degree in philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires. In his professional life, Conti was variously employed as an actor, bank clerk, Latin teacher and screenwriter.

Conti was arrested in his apartment after the military coup of 1976, and is currently included on the list of permanently disappeared. After the publication of Southeaster in 1962, he went on to write three more novels as well as several short story collections. He is the recipient of several important literary prizes, including the Casa de las Américas Prize.

Praise for Haroldo Conti

  • ‘Haroldo Conti was one of the great Argentinian writers.’ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • ‘Haroldo Conti was one of Argentina’s finest prose writers at the time he was “disappeared” by the military junta in the mid 1970s. He was fifty-one years old. This first publication of his work in English introduces us not only to one of South America’s finest twentieth-century writers but to a world view, a landscape and a unique literary vision that is essential to our time.’ John Burnside

More Information

  • Read more about Conti’s ‘luminous and troubling South American classic’, Southeaster, published by And Other Stories.


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