Jorge Luis Borges 

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires on the 24th of August of 1899, was a poet, essayist, narrator, one of the most important figures in Argentine literature and Spanish narrative in general. During his teenage years the family moved to Switzerland, but at the age of 22 Borges returned to Buenos Aires where he started his literary career. His most famous works include Universal History of Infamy (1935), Ficciones (1944),The Aleph (1949) and The Book of Sand (1975).He died in 1986.


Julio Cortázar:(1914-1984)

His novels Los premios(1960), Hopscotch (1963) and62 : A Model Kit  (1968) are good examples of his skilled craft.


The gaucho epic Martín Fierro by José Hernández: it is an epic poem   published in 1892 , the poem is about the gauchos.   Facundo by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.

Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979)

Ricardo Güiraldes,Juan Bautista Alberdi, Roberto Arlt, Enrique Banchs, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jorge Luis Borges, Silvina Bullrich, Eugenio Cambaceres,  Esteban Echeverría, Leopoldo Lugones, Eduardo Mallea, Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Manuel Puig, Ernesto Sabato, Osvaldo Soriano, Alfonsina Storni, and María Elena Walsh.

Hernández, a federalist, was opposed to the centralizing, modernizing, and Europeanizing tendencies. Sarmiento wrote in support of immigration as the only way to save Argentina from becoming subject to the rule of a small number of dictatorial caudillo families, arguing such immigrants would make Argentina more modern and open to Western European influences, and therefore a more prosperous society.

Many companies offer guided literature-based walking tours in Buenos Aires.

Don’t miss the spectacular and most famous bookstore, located in the  Recoleta neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore:


El Ateneo was previously a theatre and was converted into a beautiful bookshop, it has high painted ceiling, original balconies , the stage is used as a reading area and café. The Guardian, a prominent British periodical, named El Ateneo Grand Splendid second in its 2008 list of the world’s ten best bookshops.

You can walk around  and admire the place, enjoying the architecture, or drink  a cofee where there used to be the main scenario of the theater. It’s amazing!!

 El Ateneo – Avenida Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta.

Open from

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am to 12am   ateneo