Written in Argentina in 1950, during the height of the Peronist regime and before Cortázar’s departure for Paris,

El Examen

[

Final Exam

] could be described as the author’s second novelistic experiment after

Divertimento

, which he had completed a year earlier. Although he was not well known, by the time he finished

El Examen

Cortázar had already published a collection of poems (

Presencia

, under the pseudonym Julio Denis), and

Los Reyes

[

The Kings

].

Whilst he would not attempt to publish

Divertimento

during his lifetime, he had high hopes for

El Examen

. However, his efforts were in vain; the manuscript

was rejected by the publishing house Losada for its supposed excessive use of vulgar terminology (Standish 2001, 207). However, it would later become accepted that the publishers were…

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Citation: Orloff, Carolina. "El examen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 May 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35571, accessed 23 February 2024.]

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