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Biography:
July 10th, 2005
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July 13th, 2006

Marcos Aguinis is an argentine writer who was born in the province of Córdoba.

His need for artistic expression started in his adolescence: From the age of ten he practiced literature, music and plastic arts with remarkable tenacity. He wished to pursue a degree in Humanities, but he was not comfortable with the reactionary climate of the Faculties, and therefore opted for Medicine, a career that studied man as a whole. Again, he was not comfortable with the way psychiatry was being taught in those times, and therefore chose neurosurgery. Fifteen years later he completed his training in psychoanalysis. Throughout this period, as if engaged in a secret and demanding discipline, he perfected his craft as a writer.

At 26, he published his first book, which was later followed by novels, essays, short stories, biographies and countless articles.

In 1981 he began his fight against the military dictatorship, writing daring articles and publishing a political magazine. In 1982 he joined the intellectuals who supported Raúl Alfonsin's bid for election to the presidency of the country. In 1983 he was invited to join the administration of the democratic government, where he played a leading role in the cultural renaissance that revived the country.

A number of awards and an ever-growing mass of readers encouraged him to focus his efforts on literature. Marcos Aguinis is a humanist who speaks clearly and with courage, even if it means incurring in politically incorrectness. Today his words and writings are in wide demand both in his country and abroad.

His latest essay, "Las Redes del Odio" ("Net of Hate"), has just been published. Aguinis has said that each of his books is the seed from which the following book grows. One of his novels, "Asalto al Paraíso", led him to explore the depths of hate simmering within a suicide terrorist, and encouraged him to write this new and exciting book.

Aguinis uses a multidisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on sociological and literary points of view. As the subject matter of the book is harsh and even irritating, the author has strived to be brief, clear and entertaining. He even dared to include some glimpses of humor, and to exemplify some of his analyses with colorful anecdotes. The book is a stark and attractive study of violence, vengeance, sibling rivalry, the mysterious and universal power of the sacrifice (the scapegoat), the phenomenon of genocide and genocides, the explosion of religious fundamentalisms, the compulsion towards war and the persistence of anti-Semitism, a very old and persevering seed of hate, in fact, the direct seed of other scourges such as xenophobia, racism and other manifestations of rejection of the different.

Aguinis acknowledges the fact that his intention was not to write the ultimate essay on such a vast and multifaceted issue, but to trigger seed ideas for further discussion. He could not elude the moral demand of contributing to denounce and deactivate a phenomenon which is human and inhuman at the same time, and which -he says- is always gives very poor advice.


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