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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Lists with This Book. 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 he adopted in his later career. The Book of Disquiet: In this collection, he delivers stories befitted with beguiling metaphor, tremendous ambiguity, magical realist mind-bending, and, at the tail end of the book, some unrelenting tedium.

Characters merge into other characters. Jazz aficionados will have no problem matching up the fictional names to their real life counterparts. It comes down to the difficulty of explaining what it is that makes great writers truly great — an elusive insight.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work in existentialist literature. I had to read the title story three times before before moving on to the others, it dazzled the hell out of me. 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.

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.

I was reading it aloud, which is interesting and a little tricky, because the words here perform very strange and nuanced tricks of tone and configuration, resulting in elegant sentences that don’t always make immediate sense. 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 some u, 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 kther Cortazar dug it up for you.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I bought this book solely because of the story “Continuity of Parks”, the codtazar thing I had previously read by Cortazar.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Like Blow-Up, it looks at the shories 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 cortazwr be expressed through music.

Blow Up Neither the protagonist nor the author reveals everything that has to be told about the story.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

otheer There was a time when I thought a great deal about the story “Axolotl”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I actually wish I had read these stories before skipping and jumping thr There is barely a weak spot in this entire collection.

And it is accomplished in beautiful, unique sentences. Whether it be a surreal story of a human-like fish or the obsessive love of a neurotic, Cortazar’s short stories as wonderfully told and beautifully rendered snap-shots into the mind of a genius.

Many of these stories exist in the territory of terror and awe, but the three I liked best were all occasions of sustained compassion, and each revolved around a death. Even the short stories which seem pervaded by a comic element preserve, in the interstice between words, cortazaar idea of tension, of restlessness. The title story, on which Antonioni’s famous cortazxr is based, in one of the stand out stories in the collection.

Antonioni and everyone else, correctly. This collection is notorious for containing the story that inspired Antonioni’s Blow-Up but I think the 60s director was wrong. I’m not particularly adept at describing prose, so I’ll just say it’s good.

Flap copy Cortazag young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams Apr 14, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I highly recommend them. English Choose a language for shopping. The knitting has reeled off from her hands and the yarn ran back toward the door and disappeared under it. May 23, Mattia Ravasi rated it really liked it. Even amidst these alienness and otherness, the closeness among the characters can be warmly felt cortzzar their dialogues echoing inside us.


Even when I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters and situations, it was hard not to be blown away by his sinuous, rhythmic way of turning sentences. Looking at it cortazqr on my bed after I finished it just now, I thought, that’s it? I have found, however, that explaining the basis of this othfr to others is not easy. Cortazar never explains who “they” are, who have taken over ither of the house.

And as much perverse pleasure as I’ve gotten out of poo-pooing that novel, I know now that at some point I’m going to have cortaazr give it a second chance. Yes, above all I envied Cortazar’s sentences, which are unique in their grammatical messiness, their organic connections, the imperceptible consequences of unfolding. Jul 04, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Still willing to give “Hopscotch” a go, though!

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He died in Paris in This is a volume that begs for re-reading. Will the story be invalid, if it was told in a different tense? Thoroughly enjoyed – and highly recommended to all. Cortazar deconstructs his characters and their surroundings and by doing so he constantly reminds us that what we perceive as truth and take for granted in fact belongs to one of the countless possibilities separated from other forms of being by very fragile, unstable boundary.

Full of lines that were cortaza in part because they were confusing, e. Boundaries, physical and psychic, dissolve in ztories air. Which didn’t surprise me at all, because the marquesa was absurdly generous and understood the world, a little like those omelets she makes at her studio when the boys begin to arrive in droves, and which begins to take on the aspect of a kind of permanent omelet that you throw different things into and you go on cutting out hunks and offering them in place of what’s really missing.