Un tal Lucas

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Alfaguara, 1996 - Literary Collections - 210 pages
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Un tal Lucas no es un libro de cuentos, ni es una novela, ni es una obra miscelánea. Es un libro de Julio Cortázar. Y es un verdadero manual contra la solemnidad. Un tal Lucas es un itinerario espiritual de lo cotidiano, una carta de navegación ciudadana llena de guiños, de picardías, de señas dirigidas al lector como una invitación a participar en el juego. Un juego que aquel podrá comenzar por donde quiera, abriendo el libro por donde lo desee, saltando sus páginas. Bajo el nombre de Lucas, un tal Julio se explaya sobre sus pianistas favoritos, la vida de algunos artistas excéntricos, las costumbres de ciertas familias argentinas, el amor y los amigos. Transgresor inagotable, también ofrece consejos para lustrarse los zapatos, escribir poemas reversibles, dar conferencias, hacerse echar a patadas de un concierto o nadar en una pileta de gofio. Podría ser que este tal Lucas ya hubiera hecho todo lo que tenía que hacer y ahora se detenga de vez en cuando para dejar, benévola o malignamente, constancia de algo de lo que hizo. Caprichosamente, sí, pero también con el admirable rigor de quien fue, en verdad, un maestro.

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Contents

Lucas sus luchas con la hidra
15
Lucas su patriotismo
25
Lucas sus comunicaciones
31

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About the author (1996)

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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