Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: “[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a. 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.

Author: Meztilkis Arashilkree
Country: Serbia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 22 February 2009
Pages: 111
PDF File Size: 14.79 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.11 Mb
ISBN: 629-7-51505-169-6
Downloads: 86826
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Nazshura

Now I am an axolotl. A man reading a mystery finds out to late that he is the murderer’s victim I ready many collections of short stories and I often find that they are like pop albums: It was because of this story, and because Cortazar is often compared to Borges, that I wanted to read more by him.

Often I would drift off while reading, and they would enter my dreams, the axolotls and the sentences both, together. At any rate, I didn’t think any of this would come together for me until I read the story called “The Pursuer,” which made it all very much worth it.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Boundaries, physical and psychic, dissolve in thin air.

The Pursuer is my favorite novella from a crowded pack of candidates here. I have found, however, that explaining the basis of this excitement sotries others is not easy. Henry punch line, the forced recognition again that the imaginary premise can be that much more painful than the real. I have read other reviewers who discussed their confusion when reading many of these stories.

Is it neotenous metamorphosis or unconscious awareness?

Blow-Up And Other Stories : Julio Cortazar :

Here are stories of the prismatic-elastic-imaginative-labyrinthine type. Showing of 39 reviews. There may have been some elements of an introvert’s frustration over getting to know a series of characters, only to say goodbye to them after 15 pages or so and to have to ready myself for meeting a whole new set of characters all over again.

The ‘House Taken Over’ follows the same existential theme; protagonist feels angst over losing his abode. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

She flicks at it, it curls into a ball, and she easily washes it down with running water. The sentences are what I fell in love with first, but Cortazar is preoccupied with other notions. For years, his short corfazar have been difficult or impossible to find in English. Many of the principle characters coetazar easily identifiable as people associated otehr Parker. As the stories progress, the fantastic Borgesian elements fade leaving us clasping Ariadne’s thread amidst the no less bewildering labyrinth of “reality.


There is no literal meaning or interpretation here, not even in the sphere of seemingly banal, pretentious reality where jazz plays for hours and everyone dives into readily available ennui He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night.

Silly, I know – treating a short story collection as a literary cocktail party.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

Letter to a Young Lady in Paris — This, however, is actually the outlier, a bizarre premise is enacted and then the protagonist mostly just worries about its absurd practical implications and attempts to explain himself. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

They are like nothing I have read before. It comes down to the difficulty of explaining what it is that makes great writers truly great — an elusive insight. See as examples The Idol of the Cyclades where an archeological team discovers and ancient fertility statue, and later in Paris they get involved in a dangerous love triangle that may be provoked by the memories stored in the ancient stone; or A Yellow Flower where a middle aged man thinks he has discovered his doppelganger in a young boy he sees on the street, doomed to repeat the same life he has lived through once already; or The Night Face Up where a young man has a bike accident and the trauma flips his brain into reliving the emotions of an Aztec prisoner being prepared for ritual slaughter.

My favorites in addition to the two mentioned above: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The house has a tiger roaming the rooms, but let’s put that aside: I actually wish I had read these stories before skipping and jumping thr There is barely a weak spot in this entire collection.

It is up to us, the readers. We are 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. The title story is the basis of the Antonioni film, though the two are very dissimilar. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Historias de cronopios y de famas Spanish Edition Kindle Edition.

  LEY 27261 PDF

A man sits in his study, reading a murder mystery in which he himself is the victim. 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.

Now I have to change my opinion of Cortazar. Those days I read “Axolotl” obsessively, drunk on the sound of “Ambystoma”, “Port Royal”, and “an indifferent immobility”, sometimes three or four times a day, captured by that minute looking, that description in which the words are bliw a cake of dust upon what is actually a chthonic–slow–turning over and over.

Which didn’t surprise me at all, because the marquesa was absurdly generous and understood the world, a little like those omelets she makes at her studio when the boys begin to arrive in droves, and which begins to take on the aspect of a kind of permanent omelet that you throw different things into and otber go on cu Full of lines that were interesting in part because they were confusing, e. ohter

Buy for others

I’m not particularly adept at describing prose, so I’ll just say it’s good. You can live without thinking. I plan to revisit it storiees. These stories were simultaneously fun and disturbing to read. 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. References to this book Photo Provocations: Through his exquisitely beautiful sentences what he offers is more than reality.