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Pantheon Books, 1966 - Fiction - 564 pages
26 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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User Review  - Alumius - Goodreads

It was very difficult for me to get into this book. I was forcing myself to turn each page up until almost a third of the book. I was reading it in the order suggested by the author, jumping around ... Read full review

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User Review  - Milou Pujol - Goodreads

This is one of my favorites books. I loved "la Maga" one of its principals characters. The book's structure is simply brillant. It allows the reader to read two stories. It's split into 56 regular ... 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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