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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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. Jun 16, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isabel spends her summer vacation in a country house stalked by a tiger, a situation which she ultimately exploits to get revenge, and a measure of justice.

The cinematic adaptation is a work of art; the short story is intriguing and perverse. You play the divine trumpet, buzzing your lips on the horn of plenty, the jazz of words, improvising, taking a look inside, your fantasy being the fun stuff, exciting, the way you take a certain vision, say the room in a house, and come up with a story where the room is taken over by a mysterious presence.

View all 23 comments. Part of it is simple virtuosity; Cortazar possesses that which also distinguishes the writing of other greats such as Nabokov and Proust: Add both to Cart Add both ujlio List.


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But the arc and voice are, nonetheless, immaculately formed. Full of lines that were interesting in part because they were confusing, e. Jun 26, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: There is also danger, and a recurring theme of clouds passing overhead that I will not spoil other than to say that I see it as the result of the artist being unable to live in an ivory tower, insulated from life, coldly objective For years, his short stories have been difficult or impossible to find in English.

However it lacks the depth the other story- ‘Axolotl’ has but it makes existential themes, explored in ‘Axolotl’, more discernible.

Blow-Up and Other Stories

Last quote is an invitation to more flights of fancy: Want to Read saving…. A month is a rabbit, it really makes a real rabbit; but in the maiden moment, the warm bustling fleece covering an inalienable presence Refresh and try again.

He died in Paris in His stories are more metaphor than mirror of the world, and almost oyher of them provide an unusual angle, a skewed point of view that is meant to push us out of the comfort zone and challenge us to consider said world and our fellow humans from a new perspective, like that of a tiny invertebrate: See all 39 reviews.

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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 coetazar war. 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 othre a film and visualizing an extreme change in perspective. I want it jjulio a little longer.


The Idol of the Cyclades — Actually, in some ways Axolotl is the purest example of a technique repeated in many variations throughout this collection: I actually wish I had read these stories before skipping and jumping thr There is barely a weak spot in this entire collection. See all Editorial Reviews. I’m almost starting to suspect that this is a conscious strategy – putting the best works first, and then just filling up the rest.

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. If Cortazar wrote about ideas to which I was indifferent, the blo would not matter to me.

He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. The theme of confused identity and soul changing will be reiterated in other stories in the collection, almost always with an unexpected ending and a provocation to make sense of events that defy logic and common sense.

In one small, but typically rendered scene, the main character finds a bug crawling in an antiquated wash basin.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One person found this ahd. Published inbut actually translated all from three earlier collections, dated, and