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 girl herself has her own secrets from dealing with the French Resistance, and possibly with said German soldier in another timeline.

Those of you Here are stories of the prismatic-elastic-imaginative-labyrinthine type. But for the rest of you good readers, Cortazar is utterly refreshing, absent of cliche, deeply committed to positing his metaphysical riddles in lattice-like compact tales, at home at play in the nearly infinite field of the imagination. Time and again in this collection of brilliantly original short stories, Cortazar pulls the rug out from under the reader.

A couple of quotes from these stories highlight the concept of deja-vu, of repeated histories and subconscious memory: Feb 14, Robledo Cabral rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

The house has a tiger roaming the rooms, but let’s put that aside: Maybe you are more than dead and came out the other side. Full of lines that were interesting in part because they were confusing, e. The cinematic adaptation is a work of art; the short story is intriguing and perverse. Open Preview See a Problem?

This annd is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery. Here, the change is apparently the induced madness of a still-powerful primitive icon, in a kind cogtazar interior horror story. Looking at it lying on my bed after I finished it just now, I thought, that’s it? From the first story on, the excitement of encountering a new to me brilliant writer went through me like an electric shock.


Those days I read “Axolotl” obsessively, drunk on the sound of There was a time when I thought a great deal about the story “Axolotl”. To take but a few cases in point: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

I’m fairly sure that in every picture I’ve seen of Borges, he’s wearing a suit. These stories, at least toward the beginning of this collection are in a vein quite separate from that of Hopscotch, a book I loathed.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Looking for beautiful books? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I really liked the first stories, but then it only went downhill. Back cover copy A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams The theme of confused identity and soul changing 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.

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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.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? At first we think the narrator is a good friend of Carter who understands his talent and problems but little by little he reveals himself as just another sycophant who benefits from his association with Carter without truly understanding the depth of his talent or personality. I’m very glad that I’ve shaken off those earlier views, because I found this collection to be captivating.

Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A month is a rabbit, it really makes a real rabbit; but in the maiden moment, the warm bustling fleece covering an inalienable presence Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a collection of short stories, most of which contain an element of the fantastic.


An acclaimed and influential novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright, and essayist, he was also a human-rights advocate and amateur jazz musician. This was just too good. Another example is a story in which a young girl goes to live with distant relatives in their country house for a summer.

Blow-Up And Other Stories

This is the most brilliant and celebrated book of short stories by a master of the form. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Yes, above all I envied Cortazar’s sentences, which are unique in their grammatical messiness, their organic connections, the imperceptible consequences of unfolding.

Now I am an axolotl. End of the Game is a second story focusing on the growing up pains and on the weird universe the children create around themselves in their innocence. Julio Cortazar is a dazzler. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve uo a writer of short stories.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I actually wish I had read these stories before skipping and jumping through Hopscotch – as that novel represents a culmination in the progression of sgories initiated in these excellent stories.

A conclusion and recommendation is not easy to write, my own interest in Cortazar being helped along by my fascination with jazz and photography and South American magical realism.

Return to Book Page. Alina Reyes has trouble falling asleep, and when she does she experiences the life of a woman thousands of miles away, in Budapest. This collection is notorious for containing the story that inspired Antonioni’s Blow-Up but Otheer think the 60s director was wrong.