Juan Carlos Onetti

Juan Carlos Onetti was a prominent Uruguayan novelist and short story writer known for his complex, dark, and often pessimistic narratives. Born on July 1, 1909, in Montevideo, Uruguay, he is considered one of the most important Latin American authors of the 20th century. His works often explore the decay and moral disintegration of urban life. Onetti's most famous novel is 'La vida breve' (A Brief Life), where he created the fictional city of Santa María, which became a recurring setting for many of his subsequent works. He received numerous awards for his contributions to literature, including the prestigious Cervantes Prize in 1980. Onetti passed away on May 30, 1994.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Shipyard

    "The Shipyard" is a novel set in a decaying Uruguayan port town, where the protagonist, a middle-aged man recently released from jail and suffering from tuberculosis, decides to take on the impossible task of reviving a defunct shipyard. The book explores themes of existentialism, disillusionment, and the struggle for meaning in a seemingly absurd world. Despite the bleak surroundings and circumstances, the protagonist remains hopeful and committed to his ambitions, providing a poignant commentary on the human spirit's resilience.