Blow-Up: And Other Stories (Paperback)

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An incredibly influential Latin American Boom-generation author, Julio Cortazar is a genius of short fiction. His meta-narratives and use of magical realism are absolutely wonderful to read and experience. The stories in this collection are eerie, suspenseful, and unsettling in the best way. My favorites are : "Continuity of Parks," "Blow-Up," and "House Taken Over."  --Molly

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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 fifteen stories collected here--including "Blow-Up," which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni's film of the same name--Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

Praise for Blow-Up and Other Stories:

"[Cortazar] is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night."

"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."
—William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle

"A first-class literary imagination at work."
The New York Times Book Review

"Cortazar displays throughout his stories the ability to elevate them above the condition of those gimmicky tales which depend for effect soley 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780394728810
ISBN-10: 0394728815
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: February 12th, 1985
Pages: 288
Language: English