A collection of masterful short stories in Julio Cortazar's sophistocated, powerful and gripping style.
Julio Cortazar (Author) Julio Cortazar lived in Buenos Aires for the first thirty years of his life, and after that in Paris. His stories, written under the dual influence of the English masters of the uncanny and of French surrealism, are extraordinary inventions, just this side of nightmare. In later life Cortazar became a passionate advocate for human rights and a persistent critic of the military dictatorships in Latin America. He died in 1984.
A fecund mixture of surrealism, symbolism, nouveau roman
experimentation and Borgesian fantasy, Cortazar enthusiastically
seeds his realistic settings - for the most part split between
Buenos Aires and Paris - with impossible invasions of the
fantastical and supernatural. The effect is often a refined
philosophical take on the "uncanny tales" strand of speculative
fiction * Guardian *
Cortazar is one of the most distinctive voices in Latin American literature * Newsday *
Original...circuitous and powerful... Cortazar's method is to keep tight control over a world in which, just below the surface of charming, sophisticated social life, lies the unfaceable and unmentionable * Financial Times *
Cortazar can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night * Time *
A first-class literary imagination at work * The New York Times Book Review *