Hopscotch

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Pantheon Books, 1966 - Fiction - 564 pages
23 Reviews
Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, 1967

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, freewheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

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Some of the finest writing I'm familiar with. - Goodreads
The prose isn't merely dense, it's literally gibberish. - Goodreads
This novel cannot be summarized by its plot. - Goodreads
Everything is writing, that is to say, a fable.' - Goodreads

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User Review  - Geoff - Goodreads

UPDATE: I'm jumping ship on this one. This has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, which is high-quality wordsmanship, and I'm enjoying the leapfrog structure- but the Ultra-Amplified ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Ordinarily I wouldn't go for a 'read it in whatever order you want' kind of set up, but I'll be damned if the chapter sequence that Cortazar recommends doesn't create one of the most wonderful, richly ... Read full review

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About the author (1966)

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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