FUTORANSKY, LUISA (1939– ), Argentinian writer, Futoransky was born in Buenos Aires. From 1971 she lived in Spain, Italy, Japan, and China, and settled in Paris in 1981, where she worked as a journalist. She conducted poetry workshops in U.S. universities and visited Israel frequently. In her poetry and prose, an uncommonly sharp and painful insight into feelings and circumstances is reinforced by an equally sharp humor, all of which is conveyed in a rich style that combines high language and everyday idiom. Love, voyage, exile, and womanhood are her basic themes in addition to explicit Jewish and Israeli motifs concerning Jewish identity and experience. An anthology published in 2002 (Antología, Buenos Aires) includes a selection of previous books such as Partir, digo (1982); La sanguina (1987); La parca, enfrente (1995); Cortezas y fulgores (1997); and De dónde son las palabras (1998). Her novels include Son cuentos chinos (1986); De Pe a Pa (1986); and Urracas (1992). Her essays appear in Pelos (1990) and Lunas de miel (1996). She has received awards in Argentina and Spain. Her works have been translated into several languages.
L. Beard, "A is for Alphabet, K is for Kabbalah. Luisa Futoransky's Babelic Metatext," in: Intertexts (1997); D.B. Lockhart, Jewish Writers of Latin America. A Dictionary (1997); F. Masiello, Bodies in Transit: Travel, Translation and Gender (1997).
[Florinda Goldberg (2nd ed.)