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Via TEV, a Julio Cortázar profile in the Yemen Times:


Cortázar belonged to the boom generation of Latin American writers who broke new ground with their works during the 1950s and 1960s. His literary career, which lasted almost 40 years, includes short stories, novels, plays, poetry, translations, and essays of literary criticism. His work is strongly influenced by surrealism with attempting to raise consciousness above reality in his fantastical short stories. He combined existential questioning with experimental writing techniques in his works and many of his stories follow the logic of hallucinations and obsessions.

I've never read Cortázar, but I understand that Hopscotch is the one to start with. That right?

Readers Comments

  1. Cortázar is one of my favorite authors. I didn't start with Hopscotch though. In fact, I was terrified with it until I had read quite a few of his short stories books. Maybe because I liked them so much, I didn't want to find out Cortázar wasn't that great in writing novels. I started with Cronopios and Famas (sorry, don't know the right name for the book in english). Then Bestiario. And Todos los fuegos el fuego (amazing one). But Hopscotch is definitely one of the best books I've read in my life. Not sure one should start with it. Maybe you'd want to take a look at the short stories first. I'd suggest one of these I listed. Then you can get better accostumed to his style and what he is all about. I have a pdf of a small collection of his short stories, in english, if you want to take a look.

    (It's the first time I comment, but I'm subscribed to the blog RSS. Love it! :D)

  2. Yes, that's a good place to start, but also check out Cronopios and Famas, translated by poet Paul Blackburn.
    Pierre

  3. Hopscotch is wonderful and a little exasperating, but Blow-Up and Other Stories is a great collection of short stories (the title one being the basis for Antonioni's 1966 film) and was my gateway to Hopsctoch. Enjoy!
    lettersfromalibrarian.blogspot.com

  4. Don't forget about "Final Exam", which is a wonderfully weird little novel.

  5. Cortazar is a minor author, just a cartoon writer. Completely over-rated.

  6. Minor?

    Who are some of are your major authors?

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