Blow-Up and Other Stories

Blow-Up and Other Stories

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by Julio Cortazar
     
 

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A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams . . . A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer's victim . . . 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

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A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams . . . A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer's victim . . . 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.

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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."
Time

"Julio Cortazar is a stunning writer. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories."
The Christian Science Monitor

"A glittering showcase for a daring talent . . . Julio Cortazar is a dazzler."
—William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle

"A first-class literary imagination at work."
The New York Times Book Review

"Cortazar displays throughout his stories the ability to elevate them above the condition of those gimmicky tales which depend for effect soley on a twist ending. 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."
Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394728810
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1985
Edition description:
1st Pantheon paperback edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
419,491
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

JULIO CORTAZAR was born in 1914 in Belgium to Argentinean parents, grew up in Buenos Aires, and moved to Paris in 1951. An acclaimed and influential novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright, and essayist, he was also a human-rights advocate and amateur jazz musician. He died in Paris in 1984.

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Blow-Up and Other Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cortázar's curious little tales, precisely translated by Blackburn here in this collection, have inspired many a great vanguard artworks from Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup to Puerto Rican poet Giannina Braschi's dramatic novel Yo-Yo Boing! to Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives to French director Jean-Luc Godard's Week End. These evocative brief stories add up to so much more than the individual marvels.
Janus More than 1 year ago
Julio Cortazar's writing, is nothing short of genius. His stories remind me of the art of M.C. Escher. Many of the stories in this collection seem to focus on the concept of identity. Do we really simply possess such a thing as an identity or is it merely a transient phenomenon, such that could easily be passed on between species. There is a constant feeling of inexplicable tension in his stories that he masterfully passes on to his readers. The only reason I did not give this a perfect score is because of the story The Pursuer, which was decent but not as good as the others.
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