Hopscotch

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Harvill Press, 1967 - Authors - 564 pages
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The tragic history of two men and their circle of friends who live in Paris and Buenos Aires, Hopscotch, although written in 1963, was in fact the first hypertext novel, anticipating the age of the web with a non-structure that allows readers to take the chapters in any order they wish and invites them to be the architects of the novel themselves. Its 155 chapters, of which 99 are collated under a section called 'expendable chapters', are there for the reader to shuffle as he or she wishes. Characters are fluid and, depending on the order in which the reader progresses through the book, a name can appear to be a formal name or a nickname or a name belonging to several different characters. Soon after publication Hopscotch took on a cult status that it has never lost and is considered one of the great landmarks in Latin American fiction.

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Real hopscotch as author keeps changing the point of view of story so often. One of the strangest books I've read. Recommend it to everyone who are searching for a challenging book. Read full review

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It's an amazing book! You can read it page by page or according to the code from the back of the book or even according to your own system and it will never make sense! Read full review

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About the author (1967)

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.

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