Hopscotch

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Pantheon Books, 1966 - Argentine fiction - 564 pages
7 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  - Eileen47 - LibraryThing

Another one I read twice in the 70s. Loved it then, got a lot out of it. The thought of slogging through the er philosophical discussions again is somewhat daunting but then those were far from the most interesting parts to me. Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

I admit more than an unhealthy skepticism towards postmodern literary experiments, and the subject matter of Hopscotch left me even more so. I was expecting the worst forms of John Barth-style ... 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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