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Luna, Félix 1925–

Luna, Félix 1925–

PERSONAL: Born September 30, 1925, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Education: National University of Buenos Aires, 1951.

ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Editoral Sudamericana SA, Division of Random House-Mondadori, Humbert 1 555, C1103ACK Buenos Aires, Argentina.

CAREER: Writer, journalist, historian. Todo es Historia magazine, founder and director; Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires, secretary of culture, 1986–89; University of Buenos Aires, professor.

MEMBER: National Academy of History.

AWARDS, HONORS: Commander of the Order of Merit, France, 1988; Commander of the Order of the Sun, Peru, 1990; Prize Konex de Platino, 1994; Prize National Consecration, Secretariat of Culture of the Nation.

WRITINGS:

La Rioja despeés de la Batalla de Vargas, [Tucumán, Argentina], 1950.

Rosás: balance y memoria, Museo Cultura Riojano (La Rioja, Argentina), 1952.

Yrigoyen, el templario de la libertad, Editorial Raigal (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1954, reprinted, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 1988.

La última montonera: cuentos bárbaros, Ediciones Doble (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1955, reprinted, Beas Edicionies (Buenos Aires, Argetina), 1992.

Guía elemental para una reforma de la constitución, Editorial Perrot (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1957.

Alvear, Libros Argentinos (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1958, reprinted, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

(With Arturo Frondizi) Diálogos con Frondizi, 2nd edition, Editorial Desarrollo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1963, reprinted, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

La noche de la alianza; [cuentos], Editorial Desarrollo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1964.

La historia argentina en funció de los objectivos nacionales, Editorial Cen (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1965.

Los caudillos, Editorial J. Alvarez (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1966, reprinted, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1993.

La útima Motonero, Editorial J. Alvarez (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1969.

El 45, Editorial J. Alvarez (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1969, reprinted, Hyspamerica (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1984.

Historia para un paías maduro, Centro de Documentación e Información Educativas de la Escuela Normal Victor Mercante (Villa Maria, Argentina), 1969.

(Author of lyrics) Mujeres argentines (music and lyrics), music by Ariel Ramirez, Editoral Lagos (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1971.

Argentina de Péron a Lanusse, 1943–1973, Planeta (Barcelona, Spain), 1972, reprinted, Planeta, 1993.

Qué Argentina queremos los argentinos?, Ediciones La Bastilla (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1973.

(With Atahualpa Yupanqui) Atahualpa Yupanqui, Ediciones Júcar (Madrid, Spain), 1974.

Las crisis en la Argentina, Schapire Editor (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1976.

De comicios y entreveros, Schapire Editor (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1976.

Conversaciones con José Luis Romero, sobre una Argentina, con historia, políatica y democracia, Timerman Editores (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1976.

(With Susana B. Sigwal Carioli) Inmigrantes y colonos, Todo es Historia S.R.L. (Argentina), 1976.

Ortiz: Reportaje a la Argentina opulenta, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1978.

Conflictos y armonías en la historia argentina, Editorial de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1980.

Buenos Aires y el país, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1982, reprinted, 2000.

Golpes militares y salida electorales, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1983.

Peró y su tiempo, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1984.

(With Enrique Mario Mayochi and Ulises Petit de Murat) Tres intendentes de Buenos Aires, Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Secretaria de Cultura, Instituto Histórico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1985.

La noche de la alianza, Hyperamerica (Madrid, Spain), 1985.

Fuerzas hegemónicas y partidos políaticos, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Desde Campora hasta Alfonsíin, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La Inestablilidad constitucional, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

El Desarrollo de la Patagonia, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La Déada infame, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

El Radicalismo, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Las Grandes huelgas, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Fundación de ciudades, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Orígenes de los partidos políticos, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

500 años historia argentina: Las misiones jesuíticas, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La Crisis del 90 y los albores del siglo XX, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

San Martín, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La organización nacional, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

El Peronismo, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Rosas y la sociedad federal, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La Aventura del Rio de la Plata, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

El Decubrimiento de América, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Las Mujeres y sus luchas, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Colonos, indios y gauchos, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

La Civilización cosmopolita, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

500 años historia argentina: la inmigración, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

El roquismo y los notables, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Primeros gobiernos revolucionarios, Editorial Abril (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1988.

Soy Roca, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1989.

Confluencias, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1991.

Fracturas y continuidades en la historia argentina, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1992.

(With Rafael Segura) Matías cruza los Andes (juvenile), Atlántida (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1992.

Breve historia de los argentinos, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1993, translation published as A Short History of Argentina, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2000.

Historia integral de la Argentina (title means "A Brief History of Argentina"), Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1994.

Diálogos con la historia y la política, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1995.

Encuentros, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1996.

Sarmiento y sus fantasmas: encuentros imaginarios, Editorial Atlantida (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1997.

La emancipación argentina y americana (title means "The Emancipation of Argentina and America"), Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

La cultura en tiempos de la colonia, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

La santa federacyón, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

Así se hizo la patira: desde el Virreinato a la actualidad, Billiken (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

La época de Roca, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

La cultura desde la independencia hasta el centenario, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1998.

(With Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Roberto Amigo Cerisola) Prilidiano Pueyrredón: Proyecto Cultural Artistas del Mercosur, Banco Velox (Argentina), 1999.

Segunda fila: personajes olvidados que también hicieron historia, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Puerto Madero, Ediciones Larivière (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Grandes protagonistas de la historia argentina (title means "Great Protagonists in the History of Argentina"), Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Palabra de historiador: en busca de la memoria argentina, Editorial Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Los hechos y sus consecuencias, TIYM (McLean, VA), 1999.

Juana Azurduy, Editorial Planeta Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Buenos Aires 1910: patrimonio, productividad, porvenir = patrimony, productivity, future, Exxel Group (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1999.

Conflictos en la Argentina próspera: de la Revolución del Parque a la restauración conservadora, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2000.

Martín Aldama: un soldado de la Independencia, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2001.

Golpes militares: de la dictadura de Uriburu al terrorismo de Estado, Planeta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2001.

Lo mejor de Todo es historia, Taurus (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2002.

El despertar de una Nación: fotografía argentina del siglo XIX, EDODAL (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2004.

Temas de historia colonial de La Rioja, Nexo Communicación (La Rioja, Argentina), 2004.

1925: historias de un año sin historia, Sudamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2005.

Author of introduction to Archivo del Brigadier General Juan Facundo Quiroga. Tomo III (1824–1825), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1986.

Also writer of lyrics for songs and recordings, including Misa Criolla: para solistas, coro y orquesta, Phillips, c. 1969; Mujere argentines, Phillips, 1970; Cantata sudamericana, Phillips, 1973.

SIDELIGHTS: Argentine writer Félix Luna is recognized widely in his own country as having made the history of Argentina accessible to the broad general public. In Ortiz: Reportaje a la Argentina opulenta, the author delves into the history of Argentina via a biography of its one-time president Robert M. Ortiz, who was known for his adherence to democratic principles even as he dealt with the corruption of politics. Writing in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Ronald C. Newton noted that Ortiz may have been "the last Argentine of stature potentially capable of restoring and modernizing the country's representative system." Luna looks both at the public persona and the personal side of Oritz, who suffered from diabetes and oncoming blindness. Newton commented that readers will "learn about the progress of Ortiz's disease and also about his household economy, as both his doctors and his servants have unburdened themselves."

Soy Roca is written as though it is a first-person memoir, telling the history of Argentina in the 1880s through the personage of Argentinean political figure Julio A. Roca. "Luna is a superb writer, imaginative and knowledgeable, and his able prose produces a compelling narrative," wrote Douglas W. Richmond in the Hispanic American Historical Review. Richmond went on note that the author "has produced an interesting book." Luna is also the author of the introduction to Archivo del Brigadier General Juan Facundo Quiroga. Tomo III (1824–1825), which Hispanic American Historical Review contributor David Bushnell called "an exceptionally valuable source collection." The volume contains a wide range of materials, including correspondence and other documents from the early nineteenth century.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Hispanic American Historical Review, August, 1980, Ronald C. Newton, review of Ortiz: Reportaje a la Argentina opulenta, pp. 523-525; May, 1987, David Bushnell, review of Archivo del Brigadier General Juan Facundo Quiroga. Tomo III (1824–1825), pp. 355-357; August, 1991, Douglas W. Richmond, review of Soy Roca, p. 643.

ONLINE

Collegio Cardinal Newman Web site, http://www.cardenal-newman.edu/ (March 4, 2006), "Experts' Opinons: Felix Luna's Interview Report."

Konex Foundation Web site, http://www.fundacionkonex.com.ar/ (March 4, 2006), information on author.

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