Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories: “[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a. 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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This is the most brilliant and celebrated book of short stories by a master of the form. A man sits in his study, reading a murder mystery in which he himself is the victim.

Blow-Up And Other Stories

Michael is more than a photographer, he is an artist with an unquenching curiosity about the world around him, prone to flights of fancy but able to see deeper and truer into the lives of the people around him, able to enjoy the sun, the streets, the life surrounding him as only people who look at the world trough a special lens, searching to capture its essence in a still image, can do.

Some of the flashes of recognition that I mention above are recognitions of mundane, daily feelings, but others are not. Henry punch line, the forced recognition again that the imaginary premise can be that much more painful than the real. From inside the book.

Boundaries, physical and psychic, dissolve in thin air. One suspects the readers interpretation may change as often as the colours of the clouds at the end of the story.

If anyone could pull it off, it would be you, around the block and back again, around the day znd eighty worlds. Yes, yes I am, I said. 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.


Whether it be a ajd story of a human-like fish or the obsessive love of a neurotic, Cortazar’s short stories as wonderfully told and beautifully rendered snap-shots into the mind of a genius. But it goes beyond virtuosity. In it the narrator believes he witnesses-and prevents-an attempted murder via the lens of his camera. Though I enjoyed these stories which are rich in ideas, and the use of magic realism to some extent, I always had the feeling that I would enjoy them more if I could read them in their original language – Spanish.

It’s an excellent concept, simply expressed here and so easy to remap and expand across other uses.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? A man reading a mystery finds out to late that he is the murderer’s victim A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams. I was particularly surprised to find out that Cortazar was very knowledgeable about jazz.

These stories, at least toward the beginning of this collection are in a anv quite separate from that of Hopscotch, a book I loathed.

Blow-up, and Other Stories – Julio Cortázar – Google Books

There was a time when I thought a great deal about the story “Axolotl”. Refresh and try again. The knitting has reeled off from her hands and the yarn ran back toward the door and disappeared under it. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.


Jazz aficionados cortwzar have no problem matching up the fictional names to their real life counterparts.

May 21, T for Tongue-tied rated it it was amazing Shelves: I plan to revisit it soon. This was just too good. Now I am an axolotl!

I found the stories ranged from being good kp damn right brilliant! To ask other readers questions about Blow-Up and Other Storiesplease sign up. As I progressed through the story it remind me of ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which is a seminal work in existentialist literature.

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Pantheon; 1st Pantheon pbk. Will the story be invalid, if it was told in a different tense? At Your Service by contrast is told from the perspective of an old lady, whose innocence is the result of poverty and lack of education. There is a mystery, a puzzle to anchor the corhazar, as Michael witnesses a strange duo having an argument on the quai of Ile St Louis and as he tries to imagine what they are fighting about and what their lives are like Michael is guilty of making literature, of indulging in fabricated unrealities.

And the others that pushed the limits of straightforward realism utilized techniques that may have been considered avant-garde at the time of publication, but to me don’t show their age well.

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