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.

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The theme of confused identity and soul b,ow will be reiterated in other stories in the collection, almost always with an unexpected ending and a provocation to make sense of events that defy logic and common sense. Still willing to give “Hopscotch” a go, though! Quotes from Blow-Up and Other Often I would drift off while reading, and they would enter my dreams, the axolotls and the sentences both, together.

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The man was crying in his cprtazar, only it was wine in this case, what could you do about it, nothing. Axolotl — Jimmy seems to have been seduced entirely by the sounds of the words in this story, to the point that the story’s mechanism barely matters. In this collection, he delivers stories befitted with beguiling metaphor, tremendous ambiguity, magical realist mind-bending, and, at blkw tail end of the book, some unrelenting tedium. But the way it’s phrased, there’s some ambiguity.

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But what his stories overwhelm with is eccentricity. To take but a few cases in point: It was because of this story, and because Cortazar is often compared to Borges, that I wanted to read more by him.

I read this collection of short stories together with the brilliantly translated “Cuentos Completos” many years ago and I was reminded of it yesterday when I watched “Blow-up” by Michelangelo Antonioni – a fascinating, nihilistic art film loosely based on Cortazar’s “Las babas del diablo”, the title story of this volume.


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.

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

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

View all 21 comments. A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. All seemingly quite great. 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 thought to remark upon, had not Cortazar dug it up for you.


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Account Options Sign in. To ask other readers questions about Blow-Up and Other Storiesplease sign up. The novella “The Pursuer”, based on the last days of Charlie Parker, is so convincing that I fell for it hook, line and sinker and believed I was reading an actual memoir, that he must have actually sat in a Paris hotel room with a ranting naked Charlie Parker.

Othee 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 Millhauser, and his trafficking in paradoxes a bit like Borges.

Even amidst these alienness and otherness, the closeness among the characters can be warmly felt and their dialogues echoing inside us. cortasar

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Product details File Size: Time and again in this collection of brilliantly original short stories, Cortazar pulls the rug out from under the reader.

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This was just too good. He died in Paris in 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 an all very much worth it. Would you like to tell cortazarr about a lower price? It was the only one approaching the genius of One person found this helpful.

Comparison with other writers is difficult because he seems to have a voice all of his own.