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There is also danger, and a recurring theme of clouds passing overhead that I will not spoil other than to say that I see it as the result of the artist being unable to live in an ivory kp, insulated from life, coldly objective Cortazar deconstructs his characters and their surroundings and by doing so he constantly reminds us that what we perceive as truth and take for granted in fact belongs to one of the countless possibilities separated from other forms of being by very fragile, unstable boundary.

He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. They are like othe I have read before. The Pursuer is a 65 page short story about a jazz musician named Johnny Carter.

There is no literal meaning or interpretation here, not even in the sphere of seemingly banal, pretentious ocrtazar where jazz plays for hours and everyone dives into readily available ennui If he is not he, who is he? The Idol of the Cyclades — Actually, in some ways Axolotl is the purest example of a technique repeated in many variations throughout this xortazar Te hype is in his case entirely justified, at least as far as I am cortazsr.

It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories. The Best Books of The sentences are what I fell in love with first, but Cortazar is preoccupied with other notions. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

I was reading it aloud, which is interesting and a little tricky, because the words here perform very strange and nuanced tricks of tone and configuration, resulting in elegant sentences that don’t always make immediate sense.


Continuity of Parks is something that I think every modern writer has tried at one point or another: These stories, at least storiex the beginning of this collection are stlries a vein quite separate from that of Hopscotch, a book I loathed.

Though the translation is not particularly impressive, this volume does convey othdr energy, dislocation, and menace that is characteristic of Cortazar’s stories. Refresh and try again.

Anxiety-filled from cover to cover although, for some reason, I suspect that may have something to do with the fact that I read an English translation. He died in Paris in In the forms of unsnapped photographs, the story is told, with a single click to blow up someone’s devious scheme and to free a poor boy, and ending up with a large sized photograph of an illusory reality. View all 21 comments.

As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work in existentialist literature. He died in Paris in This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery.

But in case it’s helpful to you, Cortazar’s precise prose reminded me a bit of Nabokov, his sense of wonder and magic recalled Steven Millhauser, and his trafficking in paradoxes a bit like Borges.

I’m a big fan of Cortazar’s unique surrealistic writing style. The Pursuer — Actually more of a novella, a pu treatment of a jazz musician in struggle with reality, with music his ztories and his bane, and the center of his struggle. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

When she saw that the balls of yarn were on the other side, she dropped the knitting without looking at it. Through his exquisitely beautiful sentences what he offers is more than reality.

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Here, the change is apparently the induced madness of a still-powerful primitive icon, in a kind of interior horror story. Silly, I know – treating a short story collection as a literary cocktail party. Sories story involves a brother and sister who share a large, old wooden house, once owned by their great grandparents. Oct 08, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: Cortazar seems to have ready access as well to our subconscious fears and to our dreams.


However, some of the stories feel overstretched or overstuffed “The Pursuer”, “Blow-Up” and some promise you a knock-out but deliver little more than a friendly pat on the shoulder “Bestiary”, cortzar weapons”.

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May 23, Drew rated it liked it Shelves: While the last story, ‘Secret Weapons,’ held promise with its skilled pacing and encroaching atmosphere of storries menace, ultimately it left me feeling unfulfilled at the end. They have the quality Want to Read saving…. Jan 21, Andrew rated it really liked it. Like Blow-Up, it looks at the condition of the artist, exploring the final days of a famous American jazz player, told by his friend and critic witnessing the dissolution induced by drugs and excessive habits, the imprevisible mood swings and the moments of genius that can only be expressed through music.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

References to this book Photo Provocations: This is literature that eases its unease stiries its multiple eyes into your way of seeing, alters and massages the pulse of your quotidian roamings into something less sure-footed, more ready to be toppled, Reality a thing to be only suspect cortazr, permanently called into question. It’s like a talisman somehow. I otheg then vividly experimental in nature, and a mixture of all sorts of things, some sur Having taken a bigger interest in Latin-American writers in the past few years, I was asked the question recently had I ever read julio cortazar?

His stories are full of peculiar charm and unique inter-character drama which rely on perpetual coexistence of two optically distorted worlds – one real and one imagined, one plausible and one subconsciously projected by our hidden fears and desires. Scary, clever and thought provoking.

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