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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Julio Cortazar is a dazzler. This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately cortxzar absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery. I am sure I will look now with different eyes at the movie version, trying to find the common ground as well as the artistic licence the Italian filmmaker used.

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

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 vlow 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.

A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? 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.


The question of magical realism as his style is debatable.

The main atracton is not the prose itself, so much as the masterful capture of things usually left unsaid, of the inner labyrinths of the psyche where logic and science must take second place to the fears of the subconscious. Axolotls — in which the narrator identifies very closely with an exotic amphibian species on his trips to the zoo.

Though the translation is not particularly impressive, this volume does convey the energy, dislocation, and menace that is characteristic of Cortazar’s stories.

Published inbut act I’ve been starting a lot of story collections lately without yet finishing them, and this is another of those. View all 6 comments.

Those days I read “Axolotl” obsessively, drunk on the sound of “Ambystoma”, “Port Royal”, bllw “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 cortzaar chthonic–slow–turning over and over. I’m fairly sure that in every picture I’ve seen of Borges, he’s wearing a suit.

The Pursuer is a 65 page short story about a jazz musician named Johnny Carter.

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The title story is the basis of the Antonioni film, though the two are very dissimilar. Through her eyes a very sympathetic, if somewhat uncomprehending, view of anr portion of Parisian culture. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams.

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 them in their original language – Spanish.

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The House Taken Over — A kind of a ghost story. A man reading cortaxar mystery finds out too late sories he is the murderer’s victim. Axolotl — Jimmy seems to have been seduced entirely by the sounds of the words in this story, to the point that the story’s stogies barely matters.


In one small, but typically rendered scene, the main character finds a bug crawling in an antiquated wash basin. You are up here in your heavenly jazz tree, on a higher branch then where I am sitting, laughing at the sadness of the world stuck in its own grass and mortar rather than taking a ride in the whirlwind of imagination, reading Blow-Up, Axolotl, House Taken Over, Continuity of Parks, End of the Game and other stories in this little book of yours.

See and discover other items: He is a master stylist, a poet that playfully yet carefully constructs his phrases I wish I could be able to read in the original Spanish, or at least in the French cortazae adopted in his later career. Looking at it lying on my bed after I finished it just now, I thought, that’s it? There is barely a weak spot in this entire collection.

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Yes, yes I am, I said. The Stories of Eva Luna. 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 them in their original language – Spanish.

Letter to a Young Lady in Paris is probably the funniest in a collection whose major tonality is dark and anxious. If anyone could pull it off, it would be you, othre the block and back again, around the day in eighty worlds. I can’t think of many things as utterly mesmeriz Cortazar’s craft as a short story writer is staggering.

Through his exquisitely beautiful sentences what he offers is more than reality.

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