All Fires the Fire

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New Directions Publishing, Apr 28, 2020 - Fiction - 160 pages

“One of the most adventurous and rewarding collections since the publication of Cortázar’s own Blow-up.” —Los Angeles Times

A traffic jam outside Paris lasts for weeks. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro meet on a mountaintop during the Cuban Revolution. A flight attendant becomes obsessed with a small Greek island, resulting in a surreal encounter with death. In All Fires the Fire, Julio Cortázar (author of Hopscotch and the short story “Blow-Up” ) creates his own mindscapes beyond space and time, where lives intersect for brief moments and situations break and refract. All Fires the Fire contains some of Julio Cortázar’s most beloved stories. It is a classic collection by “one of the world’s great writers” (Washington Post).

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All Fires the Fire

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In this playful and scintillating set of fabulist tales by Argentine master Cortázar (1914–1984), characters are shuffled through shifting realities. In “The Southern Thruway,” a makeshift community ... Read full review

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I was expecting something a little more abstract / magical realist from Cortázar, based off of his reputation (this being my first foray into his fiction). Instead I found this collection a ... Read full review

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The Southern Thruway
The Health of the Sick
Nurse Cora
The Island at Noon
Instructions for John Howell
All Fires the Fire
The Other Heaven

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Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), Argentine novelist, poet, essayist, and short-story writer, was born in Brussels, and moved permanently to France in 1951. Cortazar is now recognized as one of the century's major experimental writers, reflecting the influence of French surrealism, psychoanalysis, and his love of both photography and jazz, along with his strong commitment to revolutionary Latin American politics.

Suzanne Jill Levine is a leading translator of Latin American literature, and professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she directs a Translation Studies doctoral program.

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