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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Many of these stories exist in the territory of terror and awe, but boow three I liked best were all occasions of sustained compassion, and each revolved around a death.

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Blow-Up And Other Stories

But the particulars, that is where these stories sit implacable, where the concept cannot infringe. Her point of view is used as an accusing finger at the hypocrisy, meanness and fake glitter of the haute-monde.

Blow Up Neither the protagonist nor the author reveals everything that has to be told about the story. It’s an excellent concept, simply expressed here and so easy to remap and expand across other uses. Feb 14, Robledo Cabral rated it liked it Shelves: Almost all his characters have some kind of ambiguous assertion over their existence. It comes down to the difficulty of explaining what it is that makes great writers truly great — an elusive insight.

Jun 10, Curtainthief rated it it was amazing Shelves: In only two pages it can be said to contain everything a wh I had the same problem with this book that I’ve had with most of the short story collections I’ve read the last few years.

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Most of cortazaf concepts, dare I say it, are weights that hinder his gifts, yes sometimes even gimmicks. Julio Cortazar is a dazzler. But someting about this story rings eerily true; it’s that bizarre combination of vivid, mundane reality, and unexplained phenomena, and illogical reactions to those phenomena, that characterize dreams. Customers who bought this item also bought. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.


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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

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 jklio has scary flashbacks from another lifetime as a German soldier during the war.

A month is a rabbit, it really makes a real rabbit; but in the maiden moment, the warm bustling fleece covering an inalienable presence I have read other reviewers who discussed their confusion when reading many of these stories. Those of you who have already closed avenues of readerly-possibility off, need not proceed.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. Those days I read “Axolotl” obsessively, drunk on the sound of “Ambystoma”, “Port Royal”, and “an indifferent immobility”, sometimes three or four times a cotrazar, captured by that minute looking, that description in which the words are just a cake of dust upon what cprtazar actually a othe over and over.

Reality tries to intrude in the form of a young man who witnesses their antics, but the girls remain impenetrable in their private dreams. Then she changed her mind and kept it. Like Borges, he operates in a territory where time and memory bleed in and out of each other, where reality flirts with the surreal, the magical and bloa menacing but is still grounded by the concrete, charmed details of everyday existence.

Pages with related products. A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim.

As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work in existentialist literature.

Looking at it lying on my bed after I finished it just now, I thought, that’s it?

Jun 16, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Antonioni and everyone else, correctly. In only two pages it can be said to contain everything a whole novel contains, and it plays with different narrative levels, bringing the reading main character into the narrative cortazzr is reading about in a wonderfully surreal way that I just love. These are stories to be read and re-read, to better fortify yourself against the stultifying nature of habitual, inertial modes of thinking and living.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Cortazar seems to have ready access as well to our subconscious fears and to our dreams.

The book injected an excitement and alertness into what otherwise might have been a sluggish weekend. This is literature that eases its unease and its multiple eyes into your way of seeing, alters and massages the pulse of your quotidian roamings into something hp sure-footed, more ready to be toppled, Reality a thing to be only suspect of, permanently called into question.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Pantheon; 1st Pantheon pbk. I want it cortazzar a little longer. Often I would drift off while reading, and they would enter my dreams, the axolotls and the sentences both, together. A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim Even amidst these alienness and otherness, tsories closeness among the characters can be warmly felt and their dialogues echoing inside us.

Three girls are playing hookey from their house during siesta time and dress up for the entertainment of passing trains in costumes and jewelry from their elders, re-enacting theatrical and historical personages. But in case it’s helpful to coryazar, 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.

Comparison with other writers is a bit unfair, because Cortazar has a voice all of his own.

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