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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As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work in existentialist literature. Jul 04, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Or there’s the opening paragraph of “axolotl”: Cortazar is an oft-overlooked master of the short story form.

But he’s not quite like any of them: I read “Letter to a Young Woman in Paris. A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim The book, despite its uneven nature, is a must-read, however, for fans of black humor, magical realism, and so on. At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house. 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 that 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.

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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. My library Help Cortazaar Book Search.

At one point in the story, they hear voices and commotion from another part of the house.

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 watching a film and visualizing an extreme change in perspective. Cortaazr Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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But the particulars, that is where these stories sit implacable, where the concept cannot infringe. Blw want it A while ago Molly was going to lend this book to me. Cortazar is an oft-overlooked master of the short story form. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories.

Now I just slip it back into the row of other books?

Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar

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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The knitting has reeled off from her hands and the yarn ran back toward the door and disappeared under it. Cortazar isn’t easy to read but he’s worth the effort.

He is a master of distraction, disorientation and perspective – expertly packaging the precepts of the Nouveau Roman in the short story format.



In the stories collected here-including ‘Blow-Up, ‘ on which Antonioni based his film- Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. Through her eyes a very sympathetic, if somewhat uncomprehending, view of a portion of Parisian culture. They bolt the doors, shut off that section, and confine themselves to living in the front part of the house.

Do you have fireflies in you garden? I insist upp these stories do not need to be weighed down by such concepts, that they should live alone at the level of the sentence, that they need to be freed from the constraints of expectation. Cortazar’s craft as a short story writer is staggering. Refresh and try again.

As always, Cortazar offers a real intellectual feast and he excels at the miniature form of his short stories as much as he did in my beloved “Hopscotch”. Looking at it lying on my bed after I finished it just bpow, I thought, that’s it?

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 he is reading about in a wonderfully surreal way that I just love. But the way it’s phrased, there’s some ambiguity. Trivia About Blow-Up and Other