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Julio Cortázar (1914–1984)

Author of Hopscotch

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About the Author

Julio Cortazar is an Argentine poet, short story writer, and translator, whose pseudonym is Julio Denis. He was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1914. In 1918, he moved with his parents to their native Argentina. He taught high school and later French literature at the University of Cuyo, resigning show more after participating in demonstrations against Argentine President Juan Peron. He worked for a Buenos Aires publishing company and also earned a degree as a translator. Cortazar is part of the "boom" of excellence in Latin American letters in the 1950s and 1960s. He combines fantastic plots with commonplace events and characters, and looks for new ways for literature to represent life. His first novel, The Winners, tells the story of passengers on a luxury liner who are restricted to a certain area of the ship and forbidden to communicate with the crew. He explores the ways passengers react. Hopscotch has a complex narrative structure with 165 chapters that can be read in at least two logical sequences to create variations. A Change of Light and Other Stories is a short story collection dealing with themes ranging from political oppression to fantasy. We Love Glenda So Much is about a fan club murder of their favorite actress whose films do not meet their standards. A Certain Lucas is comprised of three sections of short observations, discussing the nature of reality, the exploration of literary form, and search for new ways to view the world. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Julio Cortázar

Hopscotch (1966) — Author — 5,106 copies
Cronopios and Famas (1962) 1,452 copies
Blow-up and Other Stories (1967) 1,381 copies
Bestiary (1951) 853 copies
All Fires the Fire (1973) 762 copies
Las armas secretas (1959) 645 copies
62: A Model Kit (1968) 583 copies
The Winners (1960) 578 copies
Cuentos Completos 1 (1994) 508 copies
End of the Game (1956) 365 copies
The Pursuer (1966) 331 copies
Autonauts of the Cosmoroute (1982) 321 copies
Cuentos Completos 2 (1998) 303 copies
A Manual for Manuel (1973) 295 copies
We Love Glenda So Much (1980) 272 copies
A Certain Lucas (1979) 242 copies
Octaedro (1974) 200 copies
Alguien que anda por ahí (1977) 150 copies
Final Exam (1986) 149 copies
Papeles inesperados (2000) 118 copies
Diary of Andres Fava (1995) 96 copies
Nicaraguan Sketches (1984) 91 copies
Ultimo round (1969) 89 copies
Los relatos, 1: Ritos (1976) 87 copies
Ceremonias (1968) 86 copies
Cuentos Completos 3 (2004) 74 copies
Los reyes (1949) 66 copies
Obras completas (1963) 61 copies
Divertimento (1986) 53 copies
Cuentos (1985) 52 copies
Reunión y otros relatos (1983) 47 copies
La otra orilla (1705) 39 copies
Cortázar de la A a la Z (2014) 38 copies
Discurso del oso (2008) 25 copies
I racconti (1997) 23 copies
Los relatos (1974) 20 copies
Opowiadania zebrane (2003) 19 copies
Axolotl (2009) 16 copies
La casilla de los Morelli (1981) 14 copies
Samlade noveller. 2 (2007) 13 copies
Circe en andere verhalen (1971) 12 copies
Gîtes (1968) 12 copies
Samlade noveller. 1 (2007) 11 copies
Obras completas I. Cuentos (2003) 11 copies
Territorios (1978) 10 copies
Silvalandia (1977) 10 copies
Reunión (2007) 9 copies
Prosa del observatorio (2017) 9 copies
Cartas 1964-1968 (2000) 9 copies
Cartas 4 (1969-1976) (2012) 9 copies
Alto el Perú (1984) 8 copies
Cartas de mamá (1996) 8 copies
Nouvelles, 1945-1982 (1993) 8 copies
Pameos y meopas (2017) 8 copies
Antología (1978) 8 copies
Examen, El (1901) 8 copies
Correspondencia (2009) 7 copies
Cartas 1969-1983 (2000) 7 copies
Casa tomada (1994) 7 copies
Cartas 5 (1977-1984) (2012) 7 copies
Verzamelde verhalen (1995) 7 copies
Manual de cronopios (1992) 7 copies
Opowiadania (1996) 7 copies
La racine de l'Ombù (2004) 6 copies
Cartas 1937-1963 (2000) 6 copies
Deshoras (2020) 6 copies
Ayakizlerinde Adimlar (2015) 6 copies
Relatos 4 (2012) 6 copies
Letters from Mom (2022) 5 copies
Salarelvad (2011) 5 copies
Una Flor Amarilla (1974) 5 copies
Último Round (Tomo, #2) (2009) 5 copies
NARRACIONES Y POEMAS (2006) 5 copies
Disincontri (2019) 5 copies
L'inseguitore (2016) 5 copies
Opowiadania zebrane. T. 1 (1999) 4 copies
Mängu lõpp (2016) 4 copies
Les Armes secrètes (1995) 4 copies
Los premios (2014) 4 copies
Şotron (2011) 4 copies
Hinkeleg (2017) 4 copies
Cinayeti Gordum (2007) 4 copies
Textos políticos (1985) 3 copies
Cuentos Sorprendentes (1996) 3 copies
Vita di Edgar Allan Poe (2004) 3 copies
Le ragioni della collera (1995) 3 copies
Andres Fava'nin Güncesi (2018) 3 copies
Keksumäng (2016) 3 copies
Hayvan Hikayeleri (2019) 3 copies
Opowiadania zebrane. T. 2 (1999) 3 copies
Die Erzählungen, 4 Bde. (1998) 3 copies
Cuentos de pel©Ưcula (2007) 3 copies
Samlade noveller (Box) (2010) 3 copies
Poesía y poética (2005) 2 copies
Os prêmios 2 copies
Itt és most (2006) 2 copies
Animalia (2005) 2 copies
Passager (2004) 2 copies
No, no y no (2014) 2 copies
Niespodziewane stronice (2013) 2 copies
La isla final (1983) 2 copies
Ötekinin Rüyasi (2000) 2 copies
Del racconto e dintorni (2009) 2 copies
Último round (2009) 2 copies
Játékok (2005) 2 copies
Dnevnik o priči (1987) 2 copies
Um certo Lucas 2 copies
Soupe à la Sainte-Façon (1991) 2 copies
Die Erzählungen (1998) 2 copies
Opowiadania 1 (2005) 2 copies
PROVIMI 1 copy
Les Fils de la vierge (1996) 1 copy
Рассказы (1999) 1 copy
Поезия 1 copy
Ruegos 1 copy
Egzamin (1991) 1 copy
Ahi y ahora 1 copy
Obra crítica II (2014) 1 copy
Dossier 1 1 copy
Dossier 2 1 copy
Dossier 3 1 copy
Niewpory (1989) 1 copy
Ein gewisser Lukas (2002) 1 copy
Pasajes 1 copy
Slut p ̄leken (2015) 1 copy
Omtijden 1 copy
Drugo nebo 1 copy
Antología personal (2011) 1 copy
Cartas I 1 copy
Kronoper & Famer (2012) 1 copy
Son Raunt (2009) 1 copy
Citas debesis (2006) 1 copy
Stāsti (2006) 1 copy
Takipci 1 copy
Sántaiskola (2009) 1 copy
Relatos 1 copy
Sotron 1 copy
Den tabte himmel (1970) 1 copy
Ośmiościan 1 copy

Associated Works

Robinson Crusoe (1719) — Translator, some editions — 24,813 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,132 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 822 copies
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 603 copies
The Seven Madmen (1929) — Introduction, some editions — 547 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 500 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 463 copies
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 398 copies
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 354 copies
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1949) — Translator, some editions — 300 copies
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
Adán Buenosayres (1948) — Foreword, some editions — 176 copies
The Eye of the Heart: Short Stories from Latin America (1973) — Contributor — 152 copies
A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America (1991) — Contributor — 147 copies
From the Observatory (1972) — Photographer — 129 copies
Bedtime Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor — 122 copies
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (1984) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories (2000) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 105 copies
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contributor — 76 copies
16 cuentos latinoamericanos : antología para jóvenes (1992) — Contributor — 68 copies
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2 (2015) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Naked I (Picador Books) (1971) — Contributor — 58 copies
Huellas de las literaturas hispanoamericanas (1602) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Murders in the Rue Morgue / The Gold Bug (1973) — Translator, some editions — 41 copies
El infierno musical (1971) — Preface — 41 copies
Found in Translation (2018) — Contributor, some editions — 36 copies
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (1990) — Contributor — 30 copies
Mejores relatos latinoamericanos (1998) — Contributor — 28 copies
One World of Literature (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
De toppen van Latijns-Amerika (1984) — Contributor — 17 copies
Phantastische Aussichten (1985) — Contributor — 16 copies
Blow-Up [1967 film] (Criterion Collection) (2017) — Author, some editions — 14 copies
Afternoon of the Dinosaur (1982) — Foreword, some editions — 13 copies
Seven stories from Spanish America (1968) — Contributor — 5 copies
Erkundungen: 20 argentinische Erzähler (1975) — Contributor — 3 copies
Racconti di cinema (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies
Повести магов (2002) — Contributor — 3 copies
De spannendste Zuidamerikaanse verhalen (1986) — Contributor — 3 copies
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contributor — 3 copies
El cuento literario (2008) — Contributor — 2 copies
TRES RELATOS EN NEGRO — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
New Voices of Hispanic America: An Anthology — Contributor — 2 copies

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Five Stars go to "Axolotl" - though one horrible sentence could easily have gone.

The rest are depressing, boring, sickening, or bloody...
 
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m.belljackson | 16 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
He escrito estos puntos sobre los cuentos de Final del juego:
- Cada cuento te llega al corazón.
- Cortazar prefiere la sencillez.
- Los cuentos son para disfrutar y entender.
- Siempre te hacen sentir algo.
- Describen el ambiente y los personajes de forma clara.
- Solo necesitan unos pocos detalles.

En definitiva, lee despacio y reflexiona sobre ellos.
 
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judithDelRio | 6 other reviews | Feb 8, 2024 |
I read Hopscotch many years ago and loved it, but for some reason didn’t pick up anymore Cortazar until now.

I remember not so much about Hopscotch but this book jogged my memory a bit- my favorite stories in this collection were definitely the more realistic ones (Blow Up, End of the Game, The Pursuer) where Cortazar’s formal experiments can really shine. In the more surreal/ symbolic stories I sometimes lost my foothold, which maybe was the point, but mixing the dream like plot with the shifting narrators and time frames sometimes made it all feel a little muddled.

What made the stories I mentioned above so excellent was the way Cortazar zips around his characters like a ghost possessing, showing the other side of the mirror so to speak. I love how you can feel the improvisation in his language, where he lets his mind just spool out on the page - appropriate for a writer that seemed to have a great love for jazz. The best this book has to offer is a master class in what you can do when you are well practiced and the ideas are flowing.
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hdeanfreemanjr | 16 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Hopscotch could irritate more than it impresses because it lacks any narrative action, yielding characters or merely voices—very articulate voices, to be sure. It is the epitome of what a modern anti-novel is not. When one is informed that the first half can "be read in a normal fashion" but the second must be read in the numerical chapter order 73-1-2-116-etc. concluding with 131, one can begin to question the work's aesthetic validity. Such a technique (pagination) was unsuccessfully employed in a French novel a few years ago. The first section of the jumbled 560 pages, to put it simply, is about Horacio Oliveira, who is described as "a conscious bum"," during his stay in Paris.

He is living with one La Maga and sitting around drinking and talking—about jazz, painters, empirical ontology, illusion, time, identity, the Sartrean bit, or what he calls the ""giddy discontinuity of existence."" He returned to Argentina in the second section, met up with a couple known as the Travelers, and went to work with them in a mental health facility where they played hopscotch in a courtyard. The final section, which the author kindly calls the "Expendable Chapters," is a back-and-forth between the two universes interspersed with quotes, letters, notes, and other such materials. Cortazar's extraordinary versatility as a language artist allows him to express a wide range of concepts, recollections, and supporting associations. The richness of the cultural allusions makes one think of William Gaddis' recognitions. Then there's wordplay in Spanish, French, and occasionally a tongue that not even pig Latin can match. Since nothing has any reality, we have to start ex nihil."" Having started ex-nihil, one goes nowhere. But it can be fun to relax and enjoy the play of language in this postmodern classic.
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