Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

Julio Cortazar

From Publishers Weekly
Perhaps the most cosmopolitan of all Latin American writers, Cortazar drew his inspiration from such diverse sources as French surrealism, 19th century science fiction and horror stories, American jazz, true-life crime, 20th century physics anddefinitely not leastthe work of his South American compatriots and himself. This delightfully idiosyncratic collection of short fiction, poetry, autobiographical jottings and essays expresses a humorous, warmhearted persona that will be familiar to readers of Cortazar’s novel Hopscotch. Many of the essays deal with the special mission of the writer, “who is irresponsible by definition, an anarchist enamoured of a solar order and never of the new order”an individual who affirms the power of humanity against that of the state. Some readers may find the book, unified only by its author’s personality, too disjointed, but Cortazar’s admirers will enjoy the chance to renew their acquaintance with his unique sensibility. Illustrations from a wide variety of sources selected by the author. First serial to Omni, Playboy, Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

status Copy #1 (9148): in
genre Literature and Fiction » Magical Realism
publisher North Point Press
publish date 1986
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