Known-of rather than widely read, some recognition is still afforded him as the author of the novel Hopscotch, and also of the excellent short story from which Blowup , Michelangelo Antonioni's iconic depiction of Swinging 60s London, was liberally adapted. Hopscotch's reputation comes partly from its experimental form: a three-part novel comprising numbered paragraphs, it can be read according to an alternative, non-linear pattern in which the final section becomes a metatextual commentary on the first two. More importantly, Hopscotch was influential in terms of the shifting registers and jazz-influenced riffs of its prose. Those written in the s and s offer the strongest case for their author's greatness.
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Julio Cortazar, the Argentine writer whose novels and short stories bore the Latin American literary stamp of richness in language and imagery and who was a supporter of the Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions, died yesterday in Saint Lazare Hospital in Paris.
He was 69 years old and had suffered from leukemia for several months. The writer had been hospitalized 10 days ago and death was caused by a heart attack, his family said.
This was written in collaboration with Carol Dunlop, his companion, who died in After Miss Dunlop's death, Mr. Cortazar's own health declined. Short Story Collections. His story ''Las Armas Secretas'' inspired Michaelangelo Antonioni's film ''Blow Up,'' although the film bore little resemblance to the story.
Cortazar's works were marked by originality, subtle humor and often dealt with reincarnation. They asked incisive questions about identity and were considered difficult but placed him in contemporary literature's avant-garde. He was born in Brussels, Belgium, in , of Argentine parents. He worked as a translator and teacher and refused a chair at the University of Buenos Aires because he opposed the regime of Juan Domingo Peron. In , he left for France where he worked for a while as a translator for Unesco.
Thirty years later, President Francois Mitterrand offered, and Mr. Cortazar accepted, French citizenship. But the writer proclaimed that he had not given up his Argentine citizenship. Visited Argentina in December.
Last December he visited Argentina briefly, just before the civilian President, Raul Alfonsin, was sworn in. He had been barred from Argentina for seven years by the military Government. Though he lived in Paris, he did not ignore Argentina.
Frequently, he took part in Thursday demonstrations at the Argentine Embassy in Paris to protest the disappearance of thousands of Argentines in the 's.
Cortazar made his first trip to Havana in and he said later, ''When I saw the panorama, with all its problems, its difficulties, its contradictions, it was in some ways like being born again. The award, named for the 19th-century Nicaraguan poet, was given to Mr. Cortazar ''for his intellectual position in agreement with the yearnings for freedom of Latin American peoples and his profound identification with the Sandinista popular revolution.
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Julio Cortazar was an Argentine writer who was born in Belgium, grew up in Argentina and later spent most of his life in France. His literary work focuses on poetry and short stories that often treat elements of fantasy. He fiercely opposed the government of Juan Peron, for which he served a short time in prison. His anti-peronist views prompted him to move to Paris in
A brief survey of the short story part 22: Julio Cortázar
A collection of masterful short stories in Julio Cortazar's sophistocated, powerful and gripping style. A frustrated love triangle, brought together by a plundered Aztec idol, spills over into brutality. Julio Cortazar lived in Buenos Aires for the first thirty years of his life, and after that in Paris. His stories, written under the dual influence of the English masters of the uncanny and of French surrealism, are extraordinary inventions, just this side of nightmare. In later life Cortazar became a passionate advocate for human rights and a persistent critic of the military dictatorships in Latin America. He died in
Julio Cortazar: Biography, Short Stories & Poems
When his family returned to Argentina after the war, he grew up in Banfield, not far from Buenos Aires. He took a degree as a schoolteacher and went to work in a town in the province of Buenos Aires until the early s, writing for himself on the side. Writers he translated included Poe, Defoe, and Marguerite Yourcenar. Two posthumous collections of his political articles on Nicaragua and on Argentina have also been published. In the last decade, royalties from his books enabled him to buy his own apartment. The apartment, atop a building in a district of wholesalers and chinaware shops, might have been the setting for one of his stories: spacious, though crowded with books, its walls lined with paintings by friends.