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Now you know what can happen in a minute and a half If the man in another story, like Blow-Up, starts saying funny, nonsensical things, then you stroies ball up his talking and throw it against your imagination and the story slides into its rightful place.

But he’s not quite like any of them: 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 you go on cutting out hunks and offering them in place of what’s really missing.

In the fifteen stories collected here—including “Blow-Up,” which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s film of the same name—Julio Znd explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. Ip to re-read perhaps. These stories, at least toward the beginning of this collection are in a vein quite separate from that of Hopscotch, a book I loathed. 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 No, I hadn’t, I replied.


Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

But someting about this story rings eerily true; it’s that bizarre combination of vivid, mundane reality, and unexplained phenomena, and illogical reactions to those phenomena, that characterize dreams. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Or it was also in him, or all of us were thinking humanlike, incapable of expression, limited to the golden splendor of our eyes looking at the face of the man pressed against the aquarium.

Jan 20, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: Cortazar isn’t easy to read but he’s worth the effort. Michael knew that the photographer always worked as a permutation of his personal way of seeing the world as other than the camera insiduously imposed on it. Part of it is simple virtuosity; Cortazar possesses that which also distinguishes the writing of other greats such as Nabokov and Proust: Parker fans will love the long jazz story.

I highly recommend them.

House Taken Over is almost a horror story, the tale of a brother and sister living alone in a big mansion somewhere in Argentina, spending their entire lives cloistered inside, one of them reading books, the other knitting useless knick-knacks. As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work bloww existentialist literature.

View all 21 comments. A day-to-day reality, but with a spine chilling twists Imagine that old gentlemen instead in flip-flops and a greasy t-shirt, and you might have some kind of metaphor for the way Cortazar writes.

Narrative in the Feminine: Cover of the Collier Books mass-market paperback pages.

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. 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 just a cake of dust upon what is actually syories chthonic–slow–turning over and over.


Blow-Up and Other Stories

The cinematic adaptation is a work of art; the short story is intriguing and perverse. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories.

Then she changed her mind and kept it. In one small, but typically rendered scene, the main character finds a bug crawling in an antiquated wash basin.

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Isabel spends her summer vacation in a country house stalked by snd tiger, a situation which she ultimately exploits to get revenge, and a measure of justice.

Yes, yes I am, I said.

Now I have to change my opinion of Cortazar. Open Preview See a Problem? The Stories of Eva Luna. This is a volume that begs for re-reading. Blow-up, and Other Stories Pantheon modern writers.

His genius here lies in the knack for constructing striking, artistically ‘right’ subordinate circumstances out of which his fantastic and metaphysical whimsies appear normally to spring. Even when I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters and situations, it abd hard not to be blown away by his sinuous, rhythmic way of turning sentences. I was then asked are you a fan of the short-story?

I have his novels on my horizon, and I’m itching to read them, but I thought starting with a short story volume would be a good introduction. To ask other readers questions about Blow-Up and Other Storiesplease sign up.