Another one of my favorites and a huge influence in my life, the Argentine Julio Cortázar. Read anything by him and I promise you won't see the world the same way ;)
About the author: Born in Belgium to Argentinian parents, Julio Cortázar is known as one of the founders of the Latin American Literary Boom. He became an elementary school teacher at 18, and later became a college professor of French literature. In 1938 he published a book of sonnets using the pseudonym Julio Denis, and in 1949 he published his play "Los Reyes" which showed his magical writing in style. In 1951 his collection of short stories "Bestiario" was published which included his famous short story, "Casa Tomada". He has also published novels and poetry.
About his writing: Julio Cortázar writing is characterized by magical realism and his unique way to introduce fantastic elements in the story. His unique writing style is also described as surreal and supernatural.
Must read: His short stories "Casa Tomada" and "Instrucciones para subir una escalera" and his novel "Rayuela"