Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) was an Argentine writer who was born in Belgium, grew up in Argentina and later spent most of his life in France. His literary work focuses on poetry and short stories that often treat elements of fantasy. Cortázar was also very vocal about his political opinions. He fiercely opposed the government of Juan Peron, for which he served a short time in prison. His anti-peronist views prompted him to move to Paris in 1951. He later acquired French citizenship in 1981. The writer also worked extensively as a translator, working for UNESCO and also translating into Spanish classic works of fiction such as Robinson Crusoe and many of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
Un lugar llamado Kindberg (A place called Kindberg) In a Place Called Kindberg, is based to a degree on a personal experience. A middle-aged man picks up a young female hitchhiker who rekindles his youthful passion but in doing so, shows him what it might have been.