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Hopscotch

By (author) Julio Cortazar

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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 kepper of a circus cat who can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. "Hopscotch" is the dazzling, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

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  • Paperback | 564 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • 01 May 1991
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Pantheon Books Inc
  • New York
  • English, Spanish
  • Pantheon Pbk.
  • 0394752848
  • 9780394752846
  • 17,171

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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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"The most magnificent novel I have ever read, and one to which I shall return again and again." --C.D.B. Bryan, "The New York Times Book Review" "Cortazar's masterpiece . . . The first great novel of Spanish America." --"The Times Literary Supplement " "The most powerful encyclopedia of emotions and visions to emerge from the postwar generation of international writers." "--The New Republic " "A work of the most exhilarating talent and interest." --Elizabeth Hardwick

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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, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

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