Antonio di Benedetto (1922–1986) was an Argentine journalist and author of five novels, of which Zama is the most well known. His first book, the story collection Mundo Animal (1952), appeared in English translation in 1997 as Animal World.
First published in 1956, this novel set in colonial Paraguay is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentinean and Spanish-language literature. “Scattered in various corners of Latin America and Spain, [Zama] had a few, fervent readers, almost all of them friends or unwarranted enemies…. [It is written with] the steady pulse of a neurosurgeon.”—Roberto Bolaño, from his story “Sensini”