Juan José Saer
Juan José Saer was born in Serodino/Santa Fe in 1937, the son of Arab immigrants. He studied law and philosophy and from 1962 taught at the Santa Fe Instituto de Cinematografía. He moved to Paris in 1968 and taught literature at the University of Rennes until his retirement in 2002. In March 2003 he was awarded the Prix France Culture. Saer's extensive literary oeuvre, which includes about twenty novels and collections of stories, is regarded as one of the most important in contemporary Argentinean literature since that of Jorge Luis Borges. Many of his works have been translated into several languages. In 1987 he was awarded the prestigious Spanish literary prize the Premio Nadal for his novel La ocasión (The Opportunity).
An elegant storyteller, Saer in his novels deals repeatedly with the morbid consequences of individual thought and action when political repression or human cruelty blur all links with one's own ego and disregard the criteria of social community.