By Jaime Correas
La etapa docente de Julio Cortázar en Mendoza, donde culminó un proceso inside que sería decisivo para su propia obra futura
"Mendoza, puerta de mi casa", escribió Cortázar en 1973, con afecto y gratitud.
El escritor y periodista mendocino Jaime Correas había dedicado ya otro libro, Cortázar, profesor universitario (Aguilar, 2004), a l. a. pormenorizada relación de personajes y circunstancias que rodearon esa experiencia académica, en medio de los convulsionados albores del peronismo.
A l. a. luz de los preciosos hallazgos documentales producidos desde entonces —como las cartas inéditas y los apuntes de clase que se incluyen en este libro—, Cortázar en Mendoza incorpora, amplía y desborda los materiales de aquel volumen y, sobre todo, reorienta su exploración hacia las relecturas que hizo el futuro autor de Rayuela para preparar sus clases, inmersión de l. a. que salió no sólo con un programa lectivo sino también —lo que es más importante— con un "programa" creativo que de allí en más cumpliría en su propia obra.
La oportunidad de enseñar Literatura y el ámbito propiciador que halló en sus amigos mendocinos le permitieron poner en palabras aquellas principles que serían su propia divisa poética y brilliant. Hasta el ultimate de sus días, Cortázar no dejaría de volver, de muchas maneras, a esa Mendoza a los angeles que quiso "desde muy lejanos tiempos".
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