Blow-Up And Other Stories
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Blow-Up And Other Stories

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 133 x 202 x 20mm | 286g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • PANTHEON PBK
  • 0394728815
  • 9780394728810
  • 46,698

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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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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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Table of contents

ONE
Axolotl  3
House Taken Over  10 
The Idol of the Cyclades  28
Letter to a Young Lady in Paris  39 
A Yellow Flower  51

TWO
Continuity of Parks  63
The Night Face Up  66
Bestiary  77
The Gates of Heaven  97 
Blow-Up  114

THREE
End of the Game  135 
At Your Service  150 
The Pursuer  182
Secret Weapons  248
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Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories "[Cortázar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night."
--Time "Julio Cortázar 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 Cortázar is a dazzler."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"A first-class literary imagination at work."
--The New York Times Book Review "Cortázar displays throughout his stories the ability to elevate them above the condition of those gimmicky tales which depend for effect solely 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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About Julio Cortazar

JULIO CORTÁZAR was born in Brussels to Argentinian parents in 1914, was raised in Argentina, and in 1952 moved to Paris, where he continued to live for the rest of his life. He was a poet, translator, an amateur jazz musician as well as the author of several novels and volumes of short stories. Ten of his books have been published in English: The Winners, Hopscotch (which won the National Book Award), Blow-Up and Other Stories, Cronopios and Famas, 62: A Model Kit, A Change of Light, We Love Glenda So Much, and A Certain Lucas. He received the Prix Médicis Award (France, 1974) and the Rubén Darío Order of Cultural Independence (Nicaragua, 1983), among other accolades. Considered one of the great modern Latin American authors, he died in Paris in February 1984.
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1 1% (56)
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