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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But every one of these stories is entirely interesting, including “The Distances” which I admit I didn’t understand at all, even the second time through. He is a master of distraction, disorientation and perspective – expertly packaging the precepts of the Nouveau Roman in the short story format. Other editions – View all Blow-Up: In the fifteen stories collected here—including “Blow-Up,” which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s film of the same name—Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams.

Cortazar seems to have ready access as well to our subconscious fears and to our dreams. This feeling pf unreliability spreads its way through the other stories; in ‘Continuity of Parks’ the reader is killed by the very murderer he is reading about, in ‘The Idol of Cyclades’ a Borgesian thriller in which the homicidal mad-man may not be vlow person the reader originally anticipates it being or in ‘Bestiary’ where a-perhaps real or perhaps imaginary tiger fortazar the house and imagination of the narrator.

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These are stories stoories be read and re-read, to better fortify yourself against the stultifying nature of habitual, inertial modes of thinking and living. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. And as much perverse pleasure as 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. I can’t think of many things as utterly mesmeriz Cortazar’s craft as a short story writer is staggering.


Alina Reyes has trouble falling asleep, and when she does she experiences the life of a woman thousands of miles away, in Budapest. In only two pages it can be said to contain everything a wh I had the same problem with this book that I’ve had with most of the short story collections I’ve read the last few years. Jazz aficionados will have no problem matching up the fictional names b,ow their real life counterparts. Which didn’t surprise me at all, because the marquesa was absurdly generous and understood the world, a little cotrazar those omelets she makes at her studio when the boys begin cirtazar 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 cu Full of lines that blos interesting in part because they were confusing, e.

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Mar 10, Joshua added it. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night.

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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.

Julio Cortazar is a dazzler. Still, because Julio Corta’zar is a very famous Argentinian author I am glad to have an opportunity to read him. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. View all 13 comments. When I envied those rhythms, their faint movements, those sentences in particular, intimate, slightly illogical, thought-like vectors achieving a rolling quality that is not like a sentence at all.

This is a volume that begs for re-reading.


The intersection of the closely guarded secrets can result in another tale with strong horror overtones, reminding me for some reason of a Bradbury collection I read earlier in the year. Wikipedia gives as the source of inspiration for the story the life off jazz giant Charlie Parker, who revolutionized saxophone playing in the sixties with his stries technique and daring improvizations.

Now I am an axolotl! I went to see them in the aquarium at the jardin oyher Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint movements.

Julio Cortazar is a dazzler. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Though I enjoyed these stories which are rich in ideas, and the use of magic realism to some extent, I always had the feeling that I would enjoy them more if I could read oyher in their original language – Spanish. Wonderful capital-F Fabulist tales in this book include the story of a man turning into a salamander and a girl on summer vacation at a decaying manor house patrolled by a Bengal tiger.

She flicks shories it, it curls into a ball, and she easily washes it down with running water.

Parker fans will love the long jazz story. It’s all left quite mysterious: This is classic Cortazar; with a few well-chosen sentences, he puts you in that world: While the last story, ‘Secret Weapons,’ held promise cotazar its skilled pacing and encroaching atmosphere of vague menace, ultimately it left me feeling unfulfilled at the end.

A while ago Molly jluio going to lend this book to me. It was the only one approaching the genius of This is classic Cortazar; with a few well-chosen sentences, he puts you in that world: