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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I thought this was strange at the time, a bit selfish, out-of-character, but I understand now.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Mar 27, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. Up here in the tree with your trumpet, no branch is too high for you to climb to pick the fruit of words, a word on each leaf, some pretty exotic fruit up here in your jazz tree.

Back cover copy A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams A man reading a mystery finds out to late that he is the murderer’s victim Published February 12th by Pantheon first published Another example is a story in which u; young girl goes to live with distant relatives in their country house for a summer.

I found then vividly experimental in nature, and a mixture of all sorts storise 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? A Yellow Flower — an encounter with a sort of reincarnation gone awry Continuity of Parks — a very economical, very short story with an eerie, paradoxical twist The Night Face Up — a story in which reality and dreams are very difficult to distinguish Cortazar is a master of the short story form.


Those of you who have already closed avenues of readerly-possibility off, need not proceed.

Parker fans will love the long jazz story. But his stories inspire those flashes of recognition that make reading exciting; he creates those “aha” moments through his ability to present a feeling or situation that you recognize on some level, even if it’s one that never previously made it out of your subconscious and which you might not have anr to remark upon, had not Cortazar dug it up for you.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Comparison with other writers is a bit unfair, because Cortazar has a voice all of his own. Her point of view is used as an accusing finger at the hypocrisy, meanness and fake glitter of the haute-monde.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. We are maybe haunted by our lizard brains who remember a time we bkow in primeval swamps waiting for our minds to develop higher powers of reasoning. Showing of 39 reviews.

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Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Characters merge into other characters. Imagine that old gentlemen instead in flip-flops and a Cortazat, shit. Even amidst these alienness and otherness, the closeness among the characters can be warmly felt and their dialogues echoing inside us.

I want it in miniature otyer into a secret pocket through the winter. The house has a tiger roaming the rooms, but let’s put that aside: August 5, Sold by: 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”, “Secret weapons”.

I’m a big fan of Cortazar’s unique surrealistic writing style.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery. Jazz aficionados will have no problem matching up the fictional names to their real life counterparts.


A couple of quotes stiries these stories highlight the concept of deja-vu, of repeated histories and subconscious memory: 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 Xortazar, and his trafficking in paradoxes a bit like Borges. In the past, I have neglected short stories, in part because of an early preference for huge novels that I could escape in for days at a time.

There is a mystery, a puzzle to anchor the story, as Michael witnesses a strange duo having an argument on the quai of Ile St Louis and as he tries to imagine what they are fighting about and what their lives are like Michael is guilty of making literature, of indulging in fabricated unrealities. Don’t have a Kindle?

See all 39 reviews. Blow Up Neither the protagonist nor the author reveals everything that has to be told about the story. A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Buy the selected items together This item: Most of the time he keeps us going without knowing what is happening has already happened or is going to happen, but leading only to a stranger fantasy.

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