Pablo Neruda has famously said, "People who do not read Cortázar are doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease." Cortázar is an elixir; Hopscotch is precise and brilliant and disturbing as hell. Reading Hopscotch is a visceral, architectural experience. Although at times Cortázar delves into irony, the questions of truth and of relevance in fiction — of how to look at the absurdity of our own lives and find both despair and enlightenment — are absolutely sincere. This book is frustrating and necessary and true. Recommended By Jill O., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.
"A work of the most exhilarating talent and interest." Elizabeth Hardwick
"Cortazar's masterpiece...the first great novel of Spanish America." Times Literary Supplement
"The most brilliant novel in years....And if it does not render every other novel written about a search for meaning obsolete, Hopscotch certainly emphasizes their inadequacy....The most magnificent novel I have ever read, and one to which I return again and again." C. D. B. Bryan, The New Republic
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.