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From the Observatory

By (author) Julio Cortazar , By (photographer) Julio Cortazar , By (photographer) Antonio Galvez , Translated by Anne McLean

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"A daring talent. . . . Cortazar is a dazzler."--"San Francisco Chronicle"This lyrical, ethereal text interwoven with Julio Cortazar's own stunning photos from an abandoned observatory--never before translated into English--is perhaps Cortazar's most unconventional work. With a dream-logic of its own, the narrative flows from Jaipur to Paris, weaving in glimpses of the unearthly structures of a magical observatory (the brainchild of a local sultan) with descriptions of the life cycle of the Atlantic eel.Julio Cortazar (1914-1984) is one of the true giants of twentieth century Latin American literature. His previous works include "Autonauts of the Cosmoroute," "Diary of Andres Fava" (Archipelago Books), "Hopscotch," and numerous collections of short stories.

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  • Paperback | 79 pages
  • 198.12 x 200.66 x 7.62mm | 249.47g
  • 02 Aug 2011
  • ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
  • New York
  • English
  • Translation
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1935744062
  • 9781935744061
  • 284,307

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Julio Cortazar is one of the true giants of twentieth century Latin American literature. Innovative, irreverent, playful and haunting, Cortazar's writing pushes at the boundaries of expression, making accomplices of his readers. In the 1970s he became a tireless defender of Latin American self-determination and many of his books were banned in Argentina. Despite his activism, he continued to write ambitious and often amusing stories and genre-defying works until his death in Paris in 1984. Anne McLean has translated works by Javier Cercas, Evelio Rosero, Juan Gabriel Vazquez, Ignacio Martinez de Pison, Carmen Martin Gaite, Ignacio Padillo, among works from other Spanish-language authors, as well as other works by Julio Cortazar. She has twice won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize from the British newspaper The Independent.

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Pure Cortazar in all his masterful out-of-this-world imagery. Illusory and poetic text accompanied by stunning photos make this book a perfect summer present for visitors or hosts as it is its own magical fairytale journey for adults. --Salonica Cortazar seeks 'another possible profile of man.' From the outset, as rendered in Anne McLean's elegant translation, he embraces the slipperiness of knowledge and language itself." --Literaure and Arts of the Americas " Archipelago's latest offering, From the Observatory, is a slender, gorgeous thing, a photo-essay-cum-prose-poem-manifest . . . joyously slippery. "--The Nation " From the Observatory is a welcome addition to [Cortazar's] well-established English oeuvre. It exposes the intelligence and idiosyncratic connections that reflect a unique and creative mind. "--The Quarterly Conversation " Vivid... Cortazar makes both science and language something utterly sensual... In a stunning translation by the talented Anne Mclean." --The National " The photographs beautifully evoke their subject and also give some key to the genesis of the work itself... They recall the cinematic values that inspired two of the finest films of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad and Hiroshima Mon Amour." --The Wall Street Journal " A glittering showcase for a daring talent...Julio Cortazar is a dazzler." --The San Francisco Chronicle " 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 first-class literary imagination at work. "--The New York Times"

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