Blow-up, and Other Stories

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Pantheon Books, 1985 - Fiction - 277 pages
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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 stories collected here -- including "Blow-Up; ' on which Antonioni based his film -- Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. This is the most brilliant and celebrated book of short stories by a master of the form.

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Cortazar isn't easy to read but he's worth the effort. - Goodreads
Cortazar's craft as a short story writer is staggering. - Goodreads
My favorite is of the statue children - great imagery. - Goodreads
Lots of interesting plot twists and things to ponder. - Goodreads
Great, great writing! - Goodreads
Truly a great short story writer. - Goodreads

Review: Blow-Up and Other Stories

User Review  - Aravind Vivekanandan - Goodreads

It was Antonioni's film 'Blow Up' that led me to this book. After reading it, I feel there are stories in this collection that are better than blow up, 'End of the Game' , 'House taken over' being my ... Read full review

Review: Blow-Up and Other Stories

User Review  - Nick Anderson - Goodreads

A man drinks himself to death because he became the first mortal by killing his doppelgänger, ending his lineage. A woman dreams of a Hungarian peasants life at night, goes on her honeymoon there and ... Read full review


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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.

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