Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill (born in Buenos Aires 15th July 1941 - died August 21st 2010) was described in his obituary by Guardian critic Nick Caistor and translator as the “outspoken writer who captured the violence and unpredictability of life in Argentina.”
Fogwill, was an Argentine sociologist, short story writer, and novelist. His literature was translated into German, Hebrew, French, English and Portuguese. He was a full professor at the University of Buenos Aires.
In 2003 he won the Guggenheim award. The following year he won both the National Prize for Literature for his book “Vivir afuera” and a Premio Konex in the discipline of novels.
He was the publisher of a legendary poetry book collections, essayist, and specialized columnist in communication subjects, literature and cultural politics
His name often appears alongside other contemporary Argentinian narrative such as César Aira and Ricardo Piglia. He worked as a university lecturer, a publisher, an advertising executive, and a consultant.
He is perhaps particularly notable for his short novel “Los pichiciegos” (translated as Malvinas Requiem), which was one of the very first narratives to deal with the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
His reputation particularly later in life for being “loud-mouthed, provocative, often downright rude”*, was in part the kind of legendary figure he wanted to create to stand apart from dominant figures in Argentinian literature like Borges.
* Nick Caistor, Rodolfo Fogwill Obituary The Guardian, Friday 27 August 2010