Bestiario is a book of eight short stories written by Julio Cortázar. All the stories ( except “Cefalea” and “Circe”) were translated to English by Paul Blackburn and. Today though, is featuring an all new translation from Cortázar. The short story “Cefalea” (or “Headache”) was acquired for by. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Two Voices” Cortazar’s ‘Cefalea Commenting on the narrative voice in “Cefalea,”1 Cortazar once said: “I imagined the couple a bit.

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I had a headache when I was reading this. The descriptions of headaches were brilliant. Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fe. Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fever, with anguish. Fullness and heaviness in the forehead, as if there were a weight inside that is pushing outward: Aconitum is abrupt; savage; worse in cold winds; with anxiety, anguish, fear.

Something living roams in circles within the head. This was an absolutely beautiful piece of prose. Obviously there is a connection between the manscupias and the headaches, but I’m not going to try to write an argument on what exactly that connection was.

Thinking about it is giving me a headache. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Translation by Michael Cisco. Published September 3rd by tor.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Headache [Cuento]please sign up. Lists with This Book. I kind of feel like an asshole for not liking this one. Because Julio Cortazar is an author I’ve been meaning to read. And a lot of people like his stories and novels a lot. This one just didn’t do it for me. Cortazar writes in symbolic and sometimes very beautiful prose. He describes these headaches he gets sometimes with painfully vivid detail.

He likens the whole experience to one of taking care of some mythical creatures known as mancuspias. And as the mancuspias increase c is for Cortazar Oi.

Headache [Cuento]

And as the mancuspias increase in number and increasingly spin out of control, the author’s descent into the madness begins. On the surface, it seems exactly like something I’d like. The problem is that this story reads cprtazar much like a segment taken out of context of a much larger work. I didn’t understand exactly what mancuspias were and there were characters who were written in such a cursory way like I was supposed to understand who they were.


And most of the time, instead of enlightening me, or drawing me in, or challenging me, this cfealea story just confused me. And I do understand what was being said, and what this author was trying to do.

I just felt like it was over my head. I enjoy cerebral reads very much. I mean, come on. The Stranger is my favorite book of all time. But the thing is, I have a totally different vefalea of grading criteria for short stories than I have for novels. And while I love novels that challenge me and force me to see the world differently, short stories are a horse of a different color. While characterization and depth are things I appreciate most in a novel, short stories need to excite me with plot.

And this short just comes up…well…short.

A novel is a long term investment for me. Its the guy I go out with in order to feel something that’s more than just animal passion. A novel needs to be the guy who holds my hand and wants to plan cortaar future with me.

Headache [Cuento] by Julio Cortázar

I always go into a novel thinking that it will be around for awhile, that it may take my hand while we embark on a life together. It will be around for me to pick up again and again, and though age and experience may change us, we can always pick up where we left off and see things from a different perspective.

A short story is that hot guy who I want to make out with underneath the bleachers at a football game. The guy I want to have crazy hot sex with in an airplane bathroom. Something hot and steamy that may not last long, but something that will stick with me anyway. Something I will look back at fondly, but that I will most likely never revisit unless its to have another short and steamy rendezvous.

While a Cortazar novel may be something I could envision a future with, this short story was just akin to a very drunken one night stand that I probably won’t remember tomorrow.

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Cortaza 25, Badseedgirl rated it did not like it Shelves: I don’t know if it was the translation, or if I am just not smart enough, but I could not make heads or tales of this stilted and confusing short story.

Nov 12, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fe I have headaches. Sep 10, Jennifer rated it liked it. I captures the debilitation that a nasty headache can bring with it too. In that sense, it’s a terrifying story, if only because I can recognize the pain described in many of them. Nov 25, Alex Sarll added it.


Julio Cortázar’s “Headache” | Weird Fiction Review

Furry creatures are raised, ailments suffered – both described in great detail, but with enough details omitted that one remains more mystified with each fresh explanation. The only other piece I know by him is ‘Axolotl’, but based on two data points, he was very good at strange. Feb 11, Sarah rated it it was ok Cortazxr Vivid descriptions of the suffering felt during headaches and more oblique descriptions of creatures that may or may not be causing the suffering. I’m not sure how the two parts of this story relate, but weird.

Sep 23, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: I think this might require another read-through. Feb 10, E. The excellent prose captured my attention more than the story.

Mar 18, Juan rated it liked it. A weird, eccentric short story by one of the greats. Jan 11, Marco rated it did not like it Shelves: What a bizarre story! Perhaps those memories inspired this story that focuses so much on headaches. Baiba cortzar it it was amazing Oct 07, Pina rated it really liked it Jul 26, Gary rated it liked it Sep 03, Deborah rated it really liked it Sep 04, Pexa rated it liked it Apr 19, Temi rated it it was ok Oct 19, Astrid rated it liked it Aug 31, Carlos Ch rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Melki rated it really liked it Dec 29, Erik rated it liked it Dec 29, Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it it was ok Sep 18, Federico Lebron rated it liked it May 06, Christian Ray Buendia rated it liked it Jul 16, Zoe rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Chris Hyde rated it liked coortazar Sep 05, Kathy rated it really liked it Nov 13, Chang rated it it was ok Nov 27, Eli Serra rated it liked it Apr 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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