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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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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. Stogies want it out a little longer.

abd Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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. Those of you who read primarily to have the book perform how you wish it to perform, rather than to perform the book according to the choreography of the author, need not proceed.

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I’m a big fan of Cortazar’s unique surrealistic writing style. The author has made Axolotls alive like beings who are conscious of their existence; as if they can steer their lives at their ‘will’.

I went to see them in the aquarium at the jardin des Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint movements. Showing of 39 reviews. Return to Book Page.

At Your Service — Great voice here, very warm and personal and different from every other narrator in these: It’s all left quite mysterious: Basically the story of the mental deterioration of a schizophrenic American sax player, as told from the point of view of his friend-slash-biographer, but that sells it pretty short. Blow-up, and Other Stories. Other editions – View all Blow-Up: Account Options Sign in.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In it the narrator believes he witnesses-and prevents-an attempted murder via the lens of his camera. I’m almost starting to suspect that this is a conscious strategy – putting the best works first, and then just filling up the rest. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

May 23, Mattia Ravasi rated it really liked it. There was a time when I thought a great deal about the story ip.

Now I am an axolotl! Is it neotenous metamorphosis or unconscious awareness? Jan 21, Andrew rated it really liked it.

Like Barthelme and Kakfa, Cortazar works best when he keeps it stoories and sweet. Letter cortazwr a Young Lady in Paris is probably the funniest in a collection whose major tonality is dark and anxious. Axolotls — in which the narrator oother very closely with an exotic amphibian species on his trips to the zoo. A couple of quotes from these stories highlight the concept of deja-vu, of repeated histories and subconscious memory: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

The Best Books of Chan Parker is Lan, Pree is Bee. The Book of Disquiet: Those days I read “Axolotl” obsessively, drunk on the sound of “Ambystoma”, “Port Royal”, and “an indifferent immobility”, sometimes three or four times a day, captured by uup minute looking, that description in which the words are just a cake of dust upon what is actually a chthonic–slow–turning over and over.

I found the stories ranged from being good to damn right brilliant! I can’t think of many things as utterly mesmerizing as “axoltol” or “continuity of parks” and even the longer ones, while not quite as mysterious or fabulistic, are still beautifully odd and evocative. He is a master stylist, a coftazar 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 nlow in his later career. One suspects the readers interpretation may change as often as the colours of the clouds at the end of the story.


I was then asked are you a fan of corfazar short-story? At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house. Jul 29, Harold rated it really liked it Shelves: The ‘House Taken Over’ follows the same existential theme; protagonist feels angst over losing his abode.

It’s like a talisman somehow. Looking at it lying on my bed after I finished it just now, I thought, that’s it? Cortazar seems to have ready access as well to our subconscious fears and to our dreams. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night.

From the first story on, the excitement of cortszar a new to me brilliant writer went through me like an electric shock.

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But the way it’s phrased, there’s some ambiguity. His stories are more metaphor than mirror of the world, and almost all 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 ogher our fellow humans from a new perspective, like that of a tiny invertebrate: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

East Othfr Designer Men’s Fashion. Paperbackpages. Axolotl opens the book, just like my review, with an invitation to consider that as we are looking at the world, the world is looking back at us. Then she changed her mind and kept it. View all 12 comments. Suddenly, I hear a voice down below asking: