Hopscotch

Hopscotch

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by Julio Cortázar
     
 

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Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, 1967

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and

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Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, 1967

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The most magnificent novel I have ever read, and one to which I shall return again and again."
—C.D.B. Bryan, The New York Times Book Review

"Cortazar's masterpiece . . . The first great novel of Spanish America."
The Times Literary Supplement

"The most powerful encyclopedia of emotions and visions to emerge from the postwar generation of international writers."
—The New Republic

"A work of the most exhilarating talent and interest."
—Elizabeth Hardwick

C. D. B. Bryan
I think Hopscotch is the most magnificent book I have ever read. No novel has so satisfactorily and completely and beautifully explored man's compulsion to explore life, to search for its meaning, to challenge its mysteries. Nor has any novel in recent memory lavished such love and attention upon the full spectrum of the writer's craft.
The New York Times Book Review
The New Republic
The most powerful encyclopedia of emotions and visions to emerge from the postwar generations of international writers.
The Philadelphia Bulletin
There is stir and excitement on every page in the manner, the words, the ideas.
The Times Literary Supplement
Cortázar's masterpiece...the first great novel of Spanish America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394752846
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1987
Series:
Pantheon Modern Writers Series
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
132,871
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.19(d)

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Hopscotch


By Julio Cortazar

Pantheon

Copyright © 1987 Julio Cortazar
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780394752846

Chapter 7

"I touch your mouth. I touch the edge of your mouth with my finger. I am drawing it as if it were something my hand was sketching, as if for the first time your mouth opened a little, and all I have to do is close my eyes to erase it and start all over again, every time I can make the mouth I want appear, the mouth which my hand chooses and sketches on your face, and which by some chance that I do not seek to understand coincides exactly with your mouth which smiles beneath the one my hand is sketching on you.
 
You look at me, from close up you look at me, closer and closer and then we play cyclops, we look closer and closer at one another and our eyes get larger, they come closer, they merge into one and the two cyclopses look at each other, blending as they breathe, our mouths touch and struggle in gentle warmth, biting each other with their lips, barely holding their tongues on their teeth, playing in corners where a heavy air comes and goes with an old perfume and a silence. Then my hands go to sink into your hair, to cherish slowly the depth of your hair while we kiss as if our mouths were filled with flowers or with fish, with lively movements and dark fragrance. And if we bite each other the pain is sweet, and if we smother each other in a brief and terrible sucking in together of our breaths, that momentary death is beautiful. And there is but one saliva and one flavor of ripe fruit, and I feel you tremble against me like a moon on the water."

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What People are saying about this

Julio Cortazar
My problem continues to be, as you must have sensed upon reading [Hopscotch], a metaphysical problem, a constant state of being torn between the monstrous error of being what we are as individuals and as peoples of this century, and a glimpse of the future in which human society will consolidate into that archetype of which socialism gives a practical and poetry a spiritual vision. From the moment I became aware of the essential human act, that search has been my commitment and my duty.
Pablo Neruda
Anyone who doesn't read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder...and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair.
Elizabeth Hardwick
A work of the most exhilarating talent and interest.
From the Publisher
"Cortazar's masterpiece . . . the first great novel of Spanish America."
The Times Literary Supplement

"The most powerful encyclopedia of emotions and visions to emerge from the postwar generation of international writers."
—The New Republic

"A work of the most exhilarating talent and interest."
—Elizabeth Hardwick

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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i am surprised more people have not written a review on this book. this book: WOW. Everyone needs to read this book. it will definitely expand your consciousness and open your world. this book is simply amazing. it will blow your mind. by the title hopscotch Cortizar is offering you the opportunity to read his novel by skipping around chapters, like from chapter 83 to 7, etc. or you can read it in the conventional style. there are traces of existentialism and what seems all doctrines under the sun. there are chapters 40 pages plus and some reduced to a few sentences in length. there is this one chapter that has two stories in it where the first line skips a line. so line one and three are together and then 2 and 4 and together so forth and so on. the novel takes you through a group of intellectuals in paris and their thoughts they have. some things are disturbing. some beautiful. some just off the wall. if you like philosophy intermixed with fiction, read this sucka! you'll like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hopscotch is the best book I`ve ever read, and I did it three times.After reading it I became La Maga, it was 4 years ago, and I tried to think in her way, and find her places in Paris, sometimes I still feel I`m her.If u love Hopscotch don`t u loose a photography book:El Paris de Rayuela, by Hector Zampaglione.