Blow-Up and Other Stories is a collection of short stories, selected from the short fiction of the Argentinian author Julio Cortázar. It was originally published in. Praise. Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: “[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night.”. Blow-Up And Other Stories by Julio Cortazar, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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It was because of this story, and because Cortazar is often compared to Borges, that I wanted to read more by him.

May 23, Drew rated it liked it Shelves: While reading this book, I turned into the book, but remained myself looking at the book looking at me. Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in There’s gold for everyone in this amazing collection, showcasing some of Cortazar’s best stories.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It’s otheg left quite mysterious: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. At any rate, I didn’t think any of this would come together for me anr I read the story called “The Pursuer,” which made it all very much worth it. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Michael is more than a photographer, he is an artist with an unquenching curiosity about the world around him, prone to flights of fancy but able to see deeper and truer into the lives of the people around him, able to enjoy the sun, the streets, the life surrounding him as only people who look at the world trough a special lens, searching to capture its essence in a still image, can do.

Many of these stories exist in the stkries of terror and awe, but the three I liked best were all occasions of sustained compassion, and each revolved around a death.

We cortazae maybe haunted by our lizard brains who remember a time we lived in primeval swamps waiting for our minds to develop higher powers of reasoning. It soon becomes apparent that Cortazar is writing about jazz great Charlie Parker.


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Silly, I know – jupio a short story collection as a literary cocktail party. Most of these concepts, dare I say it, are weights that hinder his gifts, yes sometimes even gimmicks. 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 u; only be expressed through music.

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. Will the story be invalid, if it was told in a different tense? As in many of Cortazar’s stories, it revolves around the idea that the protagonist simultaneously inhabits two parallel realities, that beyond the “normal events” being described lies a far more terrible world ready to engulf the protagonist for instance, the obsidian knife of the Aztec executioner-priest.

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The Stories of Eva Luna. One suspects the readers interpretation may change as often as the colours of the clouds at the end of the story. Or there’s the opening paragraph of “axolotl”: Jun 26, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: And Other Stories on your Kindle in under a minute. Read reviews that mention continuity of parks short stories short story latin american night face house taken jorge luis luis borges jazz musician julio cortazar antonioni film master of the short cortazar and his stories story in this collection collection of short story form like borges read cortazar blow-up and other stories cortazar story.

Bestiary is a bit longer than the previous stories, but all good. Continuity of Parks is something that I think every modern writer has tried at one point or another: Cortazar never explains who “they” are, who have taken over part of the house.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The book injected an excitement and alertness into what otherwise might have been a sluggish weekend. My jklio tale in Cortazar’s book is “The Night Face Up,” with its surprising and devastating ending.

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At first we think the narrator is a good friend of Carter who understands his talent and problems but little by little he reveals himself as just another sycophant who benefits from his association with Carter without truly understanding the depth of his talent or personality. Complicatedly, Cortazar takes on racism not in any overt case, but in those subtler unknowing examples with so much power to harm — and as far as those go, not so much has changed since the 50s.

This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery.

Cortazar deconstructs his characters and their surroundings and by doing so he constantly reminds us that what we perceive as truth and take for iulio in fact belongs to one of the countless possibilities separated from other forms of being by very fragile, unstable boundary.

I can’t think of many things as utterly mesmeriz Cortazar’s craft as a short story writer is staggering. But what his stories overwhelm with is eccentricity. Still, because Julio Corta’zar is a very famous Argentinian author I am glad to have an opportunity to read him. You can live without thinking. The house has a tiger roaming the rooms, but let’s put that aside: It was the only one approaching the genius of The Stories of Eva Luna.

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