Cronopios and Famas

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New Directions Publishing, 1969 - Fiction - 161 pages
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"The Instruction Manual," the first chapter, is an absurd assortment of tasks and items dissected in an instruction-manual format. "Unusual Occupations," the second chapter, describes the obsessions and predilections of the narrator's family, including the lodging of a tiger-just one tiger- "for the sole purpose of seeing the mechanism at work in all its complexity." Finally, the "Cronopios and Famas" section delightfully characterizes, in the words of Carlos Fuentes, "those enemies of pomposity, academic rigor mortis and cardboard celebrity-a band of literary Marx Brothers." As the Saturday Review remarked: "Each page of Cronopios and Famas sparkles with vivid satire that goes to the heart of human character and, in the best pieces, to the essence of the human condition."

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A good intro to Cortazar. - Goodreads
Writing something funny is not easy. - Goodreads
It is good to have a selection. - Goodreads
Naturally he achieves this as he is a born writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Li'l Vishnu - Goodreads

“A fama discovered that virtue was a spherical microbe with a lot of feet.” — The Narrow Spoonful A nice, peculiar read; pocket experiments, really. I think the measuring stick for whether you will ... Read full review

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User Review  - Travis McGuire - Goodreads

Hilarious. Like a child's book for adults if such a thing were to exist. Like all Julio Cortazar's stuff, this is superbly written and identifiable even the most outlandish and ridiculous parts. A refreshing read. Read full review

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Julio Cortazar is an Argentine poet, short story writer, and translator, whose pseudonym is Julio Denis. He was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1914. In 1918, he moved with his parents to their native Argentina. He taught high school and later French literature at the University of Cuyo, resigning after participating in demonstrations against Argentine President Juan Peron. He worked for a Buenos Aires publishing company and also earned a degree as a translator. Cortazar is part of the "boom" of excellence in Latin American letters in the 1950s and 1960s. He combines fantastic plots with commonplace events and characters, and looks for new ways for literature to represent life. His first novel, The Winners, tells the story of passengers on a luxury liner who are restricted to a certain area of the ship and forbidden to communicate with the crew. He explores the ways passengers react. Hopscotch has a complex narrative structure with 165 chapters that can be read in at least two logical sequences to create variations. A Change of Light and Other Stories is a short story collection dealing with themes ranging from political oppression to fantasy. We Love Glenda So Much is about a fan club murder of their favorite actress whose films do not meet their standards. A Certain Lucas is comprised of three sections of short observations, discussing the nature of reality, the exploration of literary form, and search for new ways to view the world.

Paul Blackburn was among the foremost American poets and translators of the twentieth century.

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