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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While the last story, ‘Secret Weapons,’ held promise with its skilled pacing and encroaching atmosphere of vague menace, ultimately it left me feeling unfulfilled at the end. Though the translation is not particularly impressive, this volume does convey the energy, dislocation, and menace that is characteristic of Cortazar’s stories. 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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Blow-up, and Other Stories. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Refresh and try again. This is a volume that begs for re-reading.

I’m almost starting to suspect that this is a conscious strategy – putting the best works first, and then just filling up the rest.

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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. I found then vividly experimental in nature, and a mixture of all sorts of things, some blkw, a strong sense of symbolism, a little bit nouveau roman, and the Borgesian fantastical.


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Blow-Up and Other Stories

Jul 11, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Michael is more than a photographer, he is an artist with an unquenching curiosity about the world around him, prone to flights of fancy but able to see deeper and truer into the lives of the people around him, able to enjoy the sun, the streets, bloe life surrounding him as only people who look at the world trough a special lens, searching to capture its essence in a still image, can do.

Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in There’s gold for everyone in this amazing collection, showcasing some of Cortazar’s best stories.

View all 6 comments. Antonioni and everyone else, correctly. These stories were simultaneously fun and disturbing to read.

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Here are stories of the prismatic-elastic-imaginative-labyrinthine type. Many of the principle characters are easily identifiable as people associated with Parker. Cortazar seems to have sstories access as well to our subconscious fears and to our dreams. This recurring question of identity simmers across the lives of almost all his protagonists – a guy who vomits rabbits, sisters posing as statues beside railroads for the weary travelers, a widowed maid appearing as the mother of her employer’s guest, a reader who becomes the victim of the mystery novel he reads, a fiance who is haunted by ideas of ‘otherness’, and so on.


A couple of quotes from these stories highlight the concept of deja-vu, of repeated histories and subconscious memory: The perspective switches here create a gorgeous confusion, it takes some time to grasp the terms. We were fine, and little by little we stopped thinking.

Pantheon; 1st Pantheon pbk. A man reading a mystery finds out to late that he is the murderer’s victim I had to read the title story three stores before before moving on to the others, it dazzled the hell out of me.

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cortaaar Product details File Size: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Now you know what can happen in a minute and a half Axolotl — Jimmy seems to have been seduced entirely by the sounds of the words in this story, to the point that the story’s mechanism barely matters.

Cortazar- Certainly a literary master!! While reading this book, I turned into the book, but remained myself looking at cortaar book looking at me. Jan 20, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: But the arc and voice are, nonetheless, immaculately formed.