Blow-up and Other Stories
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By (author) Julio Cortazar

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In the stories here— including "Blow Up," on which Antonioni based his film— Cortá zar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious.

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  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • 01 Jul 2004
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • PANTHEON PBK.
  • 0394728815
  • 9780394728810
  • 45,386

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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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Praise for "Blow-Up and Other Stories" "[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night." --"Time ""Julio Cortazar is a stunning writer. It is difficult to imagine how he could improve as a writer of short stories." --"The Christian Science Monitor " "A glittering showcase for a daring talent . . . Julio Cortazar is a dazzler." --William Hogan, "San Francisco Chronicle " "A first-class literary imagination at work." --"The New York Times Book Review ""Cortazar displays throughout his stories the ability to elevate them above the condition of those gimmicky tales which depend for effect soley on a twist ending. His genius here lies in the knack for constructing striking, artistically 'right' subordinate circumstances out of which his fantastic and metaphysical whimsies appear normally to spring." --"Saturday Review"

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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 to 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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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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