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Name: Fassio, Juan Esteban (1924-)

Historical Note:

Juan Esteban Fassio was born in Buenos Aires in 1924. He was the founder of IAEPBA (Instituto de Altos Estudios Patafisicos de Buenos Aires) that was the counterpart of the College in Buenos Aires. Not by accident, the two most important Argentine literary personalities of the 20th century, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar were members of the pataphysical movement. Although Borges hid his true name behind the pseudonym of Jesus Borrero Gil (all the letters of his name excepting one are incorporated into his pseudonym).

Julio Cortazar dedicated a chapter of his famous book "La vuelta al dia en ochenta mundos" to Fassio's invention, the reading machine "Rayuela" - Rayuel.o.matic. Cortazar states that this machine was also inspired in an earlier one designed to read the "Nouvelles Impressions d'Afrique" of the founder of pataphysics, Roussell.

Sources: Libreria de Antano - Buenos Ayres.

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