From the Observatory

From the Observatory

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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
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1935744062
  • 9781935744061
  • 310,006

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"A first-class literary imagination at work." -- "The New York Times Book Review " "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." --"The San Francisco Chronicle " "Cortazar is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night." --"Time Magazine " "Anyone who doesn't read Cortazar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease, which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder . . . and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair." --Pablo Neruda "Idols invite respect, admiration, affection, and, of course, great envy. Cortazar inspired all of these feelings as very few writers can, but he inspired, above all, an emotion much rarer: devotion. He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him." --Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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About Julio Cortazar

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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