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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In the fifteen stories collected here—including “Blow-Up,” which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s film of the same name—Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the stoeies, perhaps even the terrible. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.
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Read more Read less. If Cortazar wrote about ideas to which I was indifferent, the writing would not matter to me. 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.
My favorite tale in Cortazar’s book is “The Night Face Up,” with its surprising and devastating ending. Comparison with other writers is difficult jilio he seems to have a voice all of his own.
Though the translation is not particularly impressive, this volume does convey the energy, dislocation, and menace that is characteristic of Cortazar’s stories. 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 othher 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 syories you.
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. If Cortazar wrote about ideas to which Sstories was indifferent, the writing would not matter to me.
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View all 18 comments. When she saw that the balls of yarn were on the other side, she dropped the knitting without looking at it.
In the fifteen stories collected here—including “Blow-Up,” which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s film of the same name—Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. Apr 14, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. This book was my first experience with reading Cortazar.
Basically the story of the mental deterioration of a schizophrenic American sax player, as told from the point of view of his friend-slash-biographer, but that sells it pretty short.
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This is classic Cortazar; with a few well-chosen sentences, he puts you in that world: Several of the stories are outstanding.
Blow-Up And Other Stories
View all 6 comments. Part of it is simple virtuosity; Cortazar possesses that which also distinguishes the writing of other greats such as Nabokov and Proust: He died in Paris in Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. And the others that pushed the limits of straightforward realism utilized techniques that may have been considered avant-garde at the time of publication, but to me don’t show their age well. This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery.
Back cover copy A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house bloa a tiger roams A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams. Qnd feeling pf unreliability spreads its way through the other stories; in ‘Continuity of Parks’ the reader is killed by the very murderer he is reading about, in ‘The Idol of Cyclades’ a Borgesian thriller in which the homicidal mad-man may not be the person the reader originally anticipates it being or in ‘Bestiary’ where a-perhaps real or perhaps imaginary tiger stalks the house and imagination of the narrator.
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And it is accomplished in beautiful, unique sentences. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Published sforiesbut act I’ve been starting a lot of story collections lately without yet finishing them, and this is another of those. To take but a few cases in point: