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Blow-Up: And Other Stories


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ISBN13: 9780394728810
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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.

About the Author

JULIO CORTAZAR was born in Brussels to Argentinian parents in 1914, was raised in Argentina, and in 1952 moved to Paris, where he continued to live for the rest of his life. He was a poet, translator, an amateur jazz musician as well as the author of several novels and volumes of short stories. Ten of his books have been published in English: The Winners, Hopscotch (which won the National Book Award), Blow-Up and Other Stories, Cronopios and Famas, 62: A Model Kit, A Change of Light, We Love Glenda So Much, and A Certain Lucas. Considered one of the great modern Latin American authors, he died in Paris in February 1984.

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"House Taken Over"

"The Idol of the Cyclades"

"Letter to a Young Lady in Paris"

"A Yellow Flower"

"Continuity of Parks"

"The Night Face Up"


"The Gates of Heaven"


"End of the Game"

"At Your Service"

"The Pursuer"

"Secret Weapons"

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manwith7talents, October 26, 2007 (view all comments by manwith7talents)
Many of these stories revolve around the concept of double consciousness - someone who is simultaneously someone else, either in another place and time, an alternate reality, or a dream. This bizarre, almost insane idea is also prominent in the films of David Lynch and the life of Phillip K. Dick. Cortazar explores this theme from many different angles, creating an intense feeling of dislocation in the reader. Also included is his fantastic story "The Pursuer" about the life of Charlie Parker. A terrific writer who should be better known.
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Cortazar, Julio
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Social life and customs
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Argentina Social life and customs Fiction.
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