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Blow-Up And Other Stories

And it is accomplished in beautiful, unique stlries. In the stories collected here — including “Blow-Up; ‘ on which Antonioni based his film — Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. The title story is the basis of the Antonioni film, though the two are very dissimilar.

The sentences are what I fell in love with first, but Cortazar is preoccupied with other notions. Published February 12th by Pantheon first published Imagine that old gentlemen instead in flip-flops and a Well, shit. The book injected an excitement and alertness into what otherwise might have been a sluggish weekend.

Essentially, it posits a liminal space in the woods where levels of narrative reality can intermingle and be moved freely between.

August 5, Sold by: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Now I just slip it back into the row of other books? Comparison cortazat other writers is a bit unfair, because Cortazar has a voice all of his own.

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His stories are more metaphor than mirror of the world, and almost all of them provide an unusual angle, a skewed point of view that is meant to push us out of the comfort zone and challenge us to consider said world and our fellow humans from a new perspective, like that of a tiny invertebrate: The main atracton is not the prose itself, so much as the masterful capture of things usually left unsaid, of the inner labyrinths of the psyche where logic and science must take second place to the fears of the subconscious.


With the idea of becoming the Other, switching identities, with time, with perception. Even when I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters and situations, it was hard not to be blown away by his sinuous, rhythmic way of turning sentences. The theme of confused identity and soul changing will be reiterated in other stories in the collection, almost always with an unexpected ending and a provocation to make sense of events that defy logic and common sense. Then she changed her mind and kept it.

The Pursuer is a 65 page short story about a jazz musician named Johnny Carter. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Blow-Up And Other Stories. Now I am an axolotl!

I want it out a little longer. But he’s not quite like any of them: I want it A while ago Molly was going to lend this book to me. This is a device in much post-modern writing, but with less of a literal locus of narrative destabilization than this usually.

The ‘House Taken Over’ follows the same existential theme; protagonist feels angst over losing his abode. Jan 20, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: And as much perverse pleasure storids I’ve gotten out of poo-pooing that novel, I know now that at some point I’m going to have to give it a second chance.

Some of the flashes of recognition that I mention above are recognitions of mundane, daily feelings, but others are not. It really is an excellent and uniquely formed story, from either standpoint.

Te hype is in his case entirely justified, at least as far as I am concerned. For years, his short stories have been difficult or impossible to find in English.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. He died in Sfories in Read more Read less. I had to read the title story three times before before storied on to the others, it dazzled the hell out of me. Still, because Julio Corta’zar is a very famous Argentinian author I am glad to have an opportunity to read him.

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


Many of the principle characters are easily ide Cortazar isn’t easy to read but he’s worth the effort.

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Jul 11, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: When she saw that the balls of yarn were on the other side, she dropped the knitting without looking at it. He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself cortaazar In retrospect, cortszar you spend the length of the story dangerously awash in his voice and self-justification, he’s a total vampire, which is probably a not-inaccurate portrait of certain parts of jazz journalism and race-relations in those times.

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The cinematic adaptation is a work of art; the short story is intriguing and perverse. You play the divine trumpet, buzzing your lips on the horn of plenty, the jazz of words, improvising, taking a look inside, your fantasy being the fun stuff, exciting, the way you take a certain vision, say the room in a house, and come up with a story where the room is taken over by a mysterious presence.

In the stories collected here — including “Blow-Up; ‘ on which Antonioni based his film — Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday I’m very glad that I’ve shaken off those earlier views, because I found this collection to be captivating.

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At any rate, I didn’t think any of this would come together for me until I read the story called “The Pursuer,” which storied it all very much worth it. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: He died in Paris in Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Book of Disquiet: