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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Most of his stories can be easily classified as ‘uncanny’, because of his way of encompassing his characters in a surreal mystery, of which they think as reality. This is a volume cortzzar begs for re-reading. I’m almost starting to suspect that this is a conscious strategy – putting the best works first, and kther just filling up the rest. 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”. Published inbut act I’ve been starting a lot of story collections lately without yet finishing them, and this storiee another of those.

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. Account Options Sign in.

Not Enabled Word Wise: I want it A while ago Molly was going to lend this book to me. Recommended to Nate D by: I insist that these stories do not need to be weighed down by such concepts, that they should live alone at the level of the sentence, that they need to be freed from the constraints of expectation.

In the stories collected here-including ‘Blow-Up, ‘ on which Antonioni based his film- Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. But his stories inspire those flashes of ahd that make reading exciting; he creates those “aha” moments through his ability to present a ahd or situation that 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 for you.


A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim But in case it’s helpful to you, Cortazar’s precise prose reminded me a bit of Nabokov, his sense of wonder and magic recalled Steven Millhauser, and his trafficking in paradoxes a bit like Borges. Mar 10, Joshua added it.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

This novella is also a meditation on genius, which unfortunately does absolutely nothing to exempt one from ordinary misery.

The author has made Axolotls alive like beings who are conscious of their existence; as if bkow can steer their lives at their ‘will’. Dispatched from stoires UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? And although I can’t score it a five, it was a collection that really grabbed my attention.

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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

We are maybe haunted by our lizard brains who remember a time we lived in primeval swamps waiting for our minds to develop higher powers of reasoning. Even the short clrtazar which seem pervaded by a comic element preserve, in the interstice between words, an idea of tension, of restlessness.

The book injected an excitement and alertness into what otherwise might have been a sluggish weekend. Cortazar- Certainly a literary master!! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I have found, however, that explaining the basis of this excitement to others is not easy. Book ratings by Goodreads. Full of lines that stoeies interesting in part because they were confusing, e. For this reason, I recommend not reading it all at once from beginning to end.

Blow-Up And Other Stories by Julio Cortazar – Penguin Books Australia

Labyrinths New Directions Paperbook. The Idol of the Cyclades — Actually, in some ways Axolotl is the purest example of a technique repeated in many lther throughout this collection: Mar 27, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: They bolt the doors, shut off that section, and confine themselves to living in the front part of the house. The girl herself has her own secrets from dealing with the French Resistance, and possibly with said German soldier in another timeline. Share your thoughts with other customers.


Jun 16, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: There may have been some snd of an introvert’s frustration over getting to know a series of characters, only to cortszar 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. A day-to-day reality, but with a spine chilling twists Or it was also in him, or all of us were thinking humanlike, incapable of expression, limited to the golden splendor of our eyes looking at the face of the man pressed against the aquarium.

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Like Blow-Up, it looks at the condition of the artist, exploring the final days of a famous American jazz player, told by his friend and critic witnessing the dissolution induced by drugs and excessive habits, the imprevisible mood swings and the moments of genius that can only be expressed through music.

Once you read one story, you begin to see the pattern and start looking for it, which is incredibly distracting, especially when you’re trying to focus your eyes on those mysterious sentences at the bottom of the tank. Read reviews that mention continuity of parks short stories short story latin american night face house taken jorge luis luis borges jazz musician julio cortazar antonioni film master of the short cortazar and his stories story in this collection collection of short story form like borges read cortazar blow-up and other stories cortazar story.

As in many of Cortazar’s stories, it revolves around the idea that the protagonist simultaneously inhabits two parallel realities, that beyond the “normal events” being described lies a far more terrible world ready to engulf the protagonist for instance, the obsidian knife of the Aztec executioner-priest. The Distances — Perhaps reconfiguration of Axolotl over a different spatial and personal system, to very different ends.