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Cuentos Completos 1, Cortazar (Complete Short Stories 1, Cortazar) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

By Julio Cortazar (Author)
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The first of three exceptional volumes of short stories written by this immortal master. His stories are a brilliant painting of improbable, magical and tender beings. They are the best mixture of his Literature, and are also the opportunity to embark on an endless trip. This volume includes: La otra orilla, Bestiario, Las armas secretas, and Final del juego.

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Studio: Punto de Lectura
Pages   550
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 4.9" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Punto de Lectura
ISBN  9875780677  
ISBN13  9789875780675  

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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.

Julio Cortazar was born in 1914 and died in 1984.

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Brilliant, unsettling stories.  Jul 5, 2009

Borges and Cortazar are the two giants in the literary pantheon of 20th century Argentina. Although the genius of Borges is not questioned, interestingly, it is Cortazar who takes top place in the hearts of modern Argentines. They will tell you that it is he, not Borges, who writes about the regular 'man on the street', that he was the more politically engaged (the fact that Borges was born, and died, in Switzerland will be mentioned, with the implication that Borges did not concern himself with Argentina's domestic political turmoil), and that Cortazar's writing is infinitely more accessible than the cerebral musings of Borges.

These are strongly held beliefs (I've had the experience of being chastised by the friendly waiter at my local Italian restaurant in Buenos Aires for reading Borges - in his view I would have done much better with Cortazar) which have almost no basis in fact. Much of Cortazar's writing has a slanginess about it that makes it far less accessible than the relatively straightforward language of Borges. Furthermore, it is Cortazar, not Borges, who spent the great majority of his writing life living outside of Argentina (in France). And the preoccupation with parallel (often magical) universes that is the hallmark of Cortazar's short fiction surely makes the descriptor "cerebral" as appropriate to his writing as to that of Borges. The only explanation I have for the emotional preference Argentines profess for Cortazar is that he doesn't keep himself at quite the same distance from his protagonists as Borges does.

But the whole comparison is insidious to begin with. It's not a question of 'should I read Borges or Cortazar'? The answer is - you should read both. Each is rewarding in his own way.

This collection, the first of three volumes of Cortazar's complete short stories, is an excellent introduction. It contains many of his best-known stories: "Axolotl", "La noche boca arriba", "Casa tomada", "Continuidad de los parques", "Las babas del diablo" (Blow-up). Most of these stories tread the line between the "normal" world and a darker universe of Cortazar's imagination -- there is a signature twist which leaves the reader unsettled.

I found that I could read these stories in the original Spanish. Many of them (including the five mentioned above) are available in translation in Blow-Up: And Other Stories. As all 15 of the stories which appear in translation in that book are taken from this volume, I append my review of it.

Review of "Blow-Up: and Other Stories":

The first story of Cortazar's that I ever read was "La Noche Boca Arriba", roughly translatable as "The Night Turned Upside Down". It creeped me out then, and it still creeps me out. As in many of Cortazar's stories, it revolves around the idea that the protagonist simultaneously inhabits two parallel realities, and that beyond the "normal events" being described there lies a far more terrible world ready to engulf the protagonist (for instance, the obsidian knife of an Aztec executioner-priest).

Or there's the opening paragraph of "Axolotl", another story which blurs the edge of reality:
"There was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls. 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. Now I am an axolotl."

Time and again in this collection of brilliantly original short stories, Cortazar pulls the rug out from under the reader. Isabel spends her summer vacation in a country house stalked by a tiger, a situation which she ultimately exploits to get revenge, and a measure of justice. A man sits in his study, reading a murder mystery in which he himself is the victim.
This collection, first published in 1967, contains translations of 14 of Cortazar's early short stories, as well as "The Pursuer", an exploration of a jazz musician's creative demons which the author dedicated to Charlie Parker. Though the translation is not particularly impressive, this volume does convey the energy, dislocation, and menace that is characteristic of Cortazar's stories.

These stories were simultaneously fun and disturbing to read. I highly recommend them.

Julio Cortazar the Master  Jun 5, 2009
If this is your first encounter with Cortazar you will be greatly surprise with these short stories where you will find the surrealism, the mystery of an Edgar Allan Poe. This book is a must to the reader who loves the mystery and if you want to become an active reader versus a passive reader. Cortazar immerse you in the deep of the subconscience and you need to detangle his web. My fascination with Cortazar started with a very short story "La noche boca arriba" after I read that one I was hooked to the world of Cortazar. Some of his short stories had been brought to the big screen like Blowup. Cortazar is a must read and this collection is the way to start to know the Master Julio Cortazar.

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