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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

Jun 16, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is a master of distraction, disorientation and syories – expertly packaging the precepts of the Nouveau Roman in the short story format.

When reading the first story, Axolotl, I actually had a physical sense of my perspective shifting at a key point in the story, almost as if I were watching a film and visualizing an extreme change in perspective. There is a mystery, a puzzle to anchor the story, as Michael witnesses a strange duo having an argument on the quai of Ile St Louis and as he tries to imagine what they are fighting about and what their lives are like Michael is guilty of making literature, of indulging in fabricated unrealities.

In one small, but typically rendered scene, the main character finds cortazra bug crawling in an antiquated wash basin. After being employed as a dog sitter for a posh Parisian party, she is latter bribed to impersonate a grieving mother for the funeral of a talented and gay fashion artist.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Not Enabled Screen Reader: At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house. References to this book Photo Provocations: Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: It’s truly disturbing and not easy to forget.


This recurring question of identity simmers across the lives of almost all his protagonists – a guy who vomits rabbits, sisters posing as statues beside railroads for the weary travelers, a upp maid appearing as the mother of her employer’s guest, a reader who becomes the victim of the mystery novel he reads, a fiance who is haunted by ideas of ‘otherness’, and so on.

It’s all left quite mysterious: Jlio 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.

There was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls. August 5, Sold by: Julio Cortazar is a dazzler.

Blow-Up And Other Stories

Alina Reyes has trouble falling asleep, and when she does she experiences the life of a woman thousands of miles away, in Budapest. At least not until they’ve fully coftazar the mouth, which can make it a challenge to anticipate the cadences and stresses as they emerge.

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. She flicks at it, it curls into a ball, and she easily washes it down with running water. At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house.

The Idol of the Cyclades — Actually, in some ways Axolotl is the purest example of a technique repeated in many variations throughout this collection: Cortazar never explains who “they” are, who have taken over part of the house. Now I am an axolotl.

It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories. These stories do not diminish the power of what has come before, but they seem a little out of place–more cortxzar padding than anything else.


Often I srories drift off while reading, and they would enter my dreams, the axolotls and the sentences both, together. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Swinging between his lyricism and metaphysics, I feel as if he gets into my head, digs out some of my strangest, hazy dreams and describes them in his own sensual, magical way The sentences are what I fell in love with first, but Cortazar is preoccupied with other notions.

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Scary, clever and thought provoking. The house has a tiger roaming the rooms, but let’s put that aside: Thematically it is a return to the question of ghost memories and parallel lives, in this case a young man who tries to woo his girlfriend but has scary flashbacks from another lifetime as a German soldier during the war.

I have found, however, that explaining the basis of this excitement to others is not easy. Like Barthelme and Kakfa, Cortazar works best when he keeps it short and sweet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some of the flashes cortaza recognition that I mention above are recognitions of mundane, daily feelings, but others are not. If anyone cortazae pull it anx, it would be you, around the block and back again, around the day in eighty worlds.