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Some of the "expendable" chapters at first seem like random musings, but upon closer inspection solve questions that arise during the reading of the first two parts of the book. Several narrative techniques are employed throughout the book, and frequently overlap, including first person, third person, and a kind of stream-of-consciousness. Traditional spelling and grammatical rules are often bent and sometimes broken outright. Plot chapters 1—36 [ edit ] The first 36 chapters of the novel in numerical order are grouped under the heading "From the Other Side. He experiences life in Paris in the s.

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In a story in which prevailing theme is that of perception versus reality and ambiguous relationship between truth and fact, the narrator draws attention to the fact that he is writing a story and then takes this to the next level by first introducing the main character—a photographer--and then becoming him.

The literary POV shifts between first and third person servicing a plot in which a moment frozen in time captured on film comes to suggest infinite possibilities of truth rather than finalizing a single explanation as might be expected.

The Pursuer Cortazar here experiments with verb tense rather than pronouns to replicate the confusion of its main character getting a firm handle on time. That main character is a Bebop jazz musician inspired by Charlie Parker as drugs and mental disturbances mark the end of his career as life. Bestiary The postmodern effect in this story is that not every bit of information is made available to the reader because the narrator lacks it himself.

This absence of certain details is due to the story being told by a child. The story itself is rather bizarre as well: spending the summer in a strange house in the country in which a tiger roams without being caged. The climax of the story is the horrifying mauling of a child who has been manipulated into the room the tiger was presently occupying. Letter to a Young Woman in Paris The titular letters is from a young man who reluctantly agreed to the wishes of a Parisian woman that he moved into her apartment despite his certainty that he will prove a disruption.

Ultimately, the letter is revealed to be a suicide note from a clearly deranged individual. The Night Face Up A man has an accident while riding his motorcycle and is rushed into surgery at the local hospital. While recuperating, he dreams of being an ancient member of the Motecan Indan tribe being chased by Aztec warriors. As the Aztecs finally catch up to him and being preparing him for a human sacrifice, he awakes only to fall back into the dream world which provides a postmodern twist suggesting that the dream is actually that the ancient Indian having a vision of the future.

Axolotl A man who makes a habit of visiting the aquarium each day to see the axolotl. One day he becomes this Mexican walking fish and the story become a dual narrative, presenting life seen from either the human or the animal point of view. The difficulty is that Cortazar offers no signposts to determine when the perspective has changed. This shift in perspective feeds the theme that art can become a way for creatures to connect and end their isolation from each other.

For the most part, this is a rather static tale of a brother and sister living out their lives in solitude of their ancestral home. Suspense and tension is crafted from the appearance of a mysterious and unexplained supernatural presence that slowly begins to take ownership of home. First the brother and sister are relegated to using just one wing; eventually they are cast out of the home entirely. All Fires the Fire Another story in which dual narratives are not clearly delineated.

In this case, both narratives are about love triangles; one taking place in present day and the other among gladiators. End of the Game The titular game is an imaginary one played by three young girls near the railroad tracks by their house. The game is an elaborately constructed fictional world involving costumes and passengers on the train.

The game takes a strange turn when a young man named Ariel starts leaving notes for the girls and perceptions of reality come under the threat of colliding like a train wreck. Season of the Hand A very early work by Cortazar has the narrator relating how one night a mysterious hand showed and became friends with him.

Upon awakening, the narrator hides his kitchen knife which in turn cause the mystery hand to leave on the basis that the narrator does not trust him. The Southern Thruway The story narrates how, during a traffic jam, a micro-society is created in order to survive during a few months. Update this section!

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Shelves: Now I am an axolotl! After spending some quality time in the company of Julio Cortazar and his choice short prose, I believe I can more easily identify with the weirdness, wonder and mystery of existence, as seen though the lens of his imagination. Te hype is in his case entirely justified, at least as far as I am concerned. He is a master stylist, a poet that playfully yet carefully constructs his phrases I wish I could be able to read in the original Spanish, or at least in the French he adopted in his later career. The main atracton is not the prose itself, so much as the masterful capture of things usually left unsaid, of the inner labyrinths of the psyche where logic and science must take second place to the fears of the subconscious. His stories are more metaphor than mirror of the world, and almost all of them provide an unusual angle, a skewed point of view that is meant to push us out of the comfort zone and challenge us to consider said world and our fellow humans from a new perspective, like that of a tiny invertebrate: Or it was also in him, or all of us were thinking humanlike, incapable of expression, limited to the golden splendor of our eyes looking at the face of the man pressed against the aquarium. Axolotl opens the book, just like my review, with an invitation to consider that as we are looking at the world, the world is looking back at us.

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In a story in which prevailing theme is that of perception versus reality and ambiguous relationship between truth and fact, the narrator draws attention to the fact that he is writing a story and then takes this to the next level by first introducing the main character—a photographer--and then becoming him. The literary POV shifts between first and third person servicing a plot in which a moment frozen in time captured on film comes to suggest infinite possibilities of truth rather than finalizing a single explanation as might be expected. The Pursuer Cortazar here experiments with verb tense rather than pronouns to replicate the confusion of its main character getting a firm handle on time. That main character is a Bebop jazz musician inspired by Charlie Parker as drugs and mental disturbances mark the end of his career as life. Bestiary The postmodern effect in this story is that not every bit of information is made available to the reader because the narrator lacks it himself. This absence of certain details is due to the story being told by a child.

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The home in Banfield, with its back yard, was a source of inspiration for some of his stories. He would later pursue higher education in philosophy and languages at the University of Buenos Aires , but left for financial reasons without receiving a degree. In , using the pseudonym of Julio Denis, he self-published a volume of sonnets , Presencia, [11] which he later repudiated, saying in a interview for Spanish television that publishing it was his only transgression to the principle of not publishing any books until he was convinced that what was written in them was what he meant to say. He wrote most of his major works in Paris or in Saignon in the south of France, where he also maintained a home. He later married Canadian writer Carol Dunlop. The cause of his death was reported to be leukemia , though some sources state that he died from AIDS as a result of receiving a blood transfusion. Except for Los premios , which was translated by Elaine Kerrigan, these novels have been translated into English by Gregory Rabassa.

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