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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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

This was just too good. From inside the book. My favorites in addition to the two mentioned above: At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house. In only two pages it can be said to contain everything a whole novel contains, and it plays with coortazar narrative levels, bringing the reading main character into the narrative he is reading about in a wonderfully surreal way that I just love.

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These are stories to be read and re-read, juilo better fortify yourself against the stultifying nature of habitual, inertial modes of thinking and living. Cortazar never explains who “they” are, who have taken over part of the house. At Your Service — Great voice here, very warm and personal and different from every other narrator in these: When she saw that the balls of yarn were on the other side, she dropped the knitting without looking at it.

They bolt the doors, shut off that section, and confine themselves to living in the front part bllow the house. 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. Maybe you are more than dead and came out the other side. I have found, however, that explaining the basis of this excitement to others is not easy.

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Paperbackpages. 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.

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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. Yes, yes I am, I said. 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. 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.

It soon becomes apparent that Cortazar is writing about jazz great Charlie Parker.

As always, Cortazar offers a real intellectual feast and he excels at the miniature form of his short stories as ju,io as he did in my beloved “Hopscotch”. 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.


Blow-Up and Other Stories

Customers who bought this item also bought. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories. At Your Service by contrast is told from the perspective of an old lady, whose innocence is the result of poverty and lack of education. Jul 11, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. I actually wish I had read these stories before skipping and jumping thr There is barely a weak spot in this entire collection.

Blow-Up And Other Stories : Julio Cortazar :

Antonioni and everyone else, correctly. Some of the flashes of recognition that I mention above are recognitions of mundane, daily feelings, but others are not.

In a world of uncertainties by omission, the rules may be unpredictable. But what his stories overwhelm with is eccentricity.

She flicks at it, it curls into a ball, and she easily washes it down with running water. He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in Axolotl opens the book, just like my review, with an invitation to consider that as we are looking at the world, the world is looking back at us.

However it lacks the depth the other story- ‘Axolotl’ has but it makes existential themes, explored ajd ‘Axolotl’, more discernible.