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

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Recently I was reading about a group of Soviet dissidents who were arrested in Ukraine in the 60s. They were then sent to forced labor camps, where they were starved and tortured; some of them ... Read full review

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Oh, Julio, if I could just have a moment to talk to you. You are up here in your heavenly jazz tree, on a higher branch then where I am sitting, laughing at the sadness of the world stuck in its own ... Read full review

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Contents

Axolotl
3
House Taken Over
10
The Distances
17
Copyright

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About the author (1985)

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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