La Autopista del Sur y Otros Cuentos

La Autopista del Sur y Otros Cuentos

Paperback Penguin Ediciones Language: English / Spanish

By (author) Julio Cortazar, Edited by Aurora Bernardez

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 195mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 014025580X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140255805
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 453,809

Product description

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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Author information

Julio Cortazar was born in Brussels of Argentine parents in 1914. After World War I his family returned to Argentina, where he received a literature degree from the teachers college in Buenos Aires in 1935. From 1935 to 1945 he taught in secondary schools in several Argentine towns. From 1945 to 1951 he worked as a literary translator for Argentine publishing houses, translating the complete prose works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as works by Andre Gide, Walter de la Mare, G.K. Chesterton, Daniel Defoe, and Jean Giono. He refused a chair at the University of Buenos Aires because of his opposition to the Peron regime. In 1951 he moved to France, where he lived until his death in 1984, dividing his time between Paris and the Provencal town of Saignon. He accepted President Mitterand's offer of French citizenship in 1981, while insisting that he had not relinquished his Argentine citizenship.Active in Latin American politics, he visited Cuba in 1961 and Nicaragua in 1983; he donated his Prix Medicis prize money for his novel Libro de Manuel to the United Chilean Front. During most of his years in France he worked for four months as a translator from French and English into Spanish for UNESCO and devoted the rest of the year to his writing and other loves such as the jazz trumpet. He published poems and plays in the thirties and forties but achieved his first major success with a book of stories, Bestiario, in 1951 His novel Rayuela (translated into English as Hopscotch in 1966), was widely praised and won Cortazar an enthusiastic international following.