I went to see them in the aquarium at the Jardin des Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint movements. Now I am an axolotl.
His entry point to the weird tale was the influence of surrealism. Many of the stories share common influences, such as Arthur Machen or H. Lovecraft, while others use weird elements to explore common contemporary concerns. Sometimes these connections are obvious, while at other times it may take several readings before they emerge.
Take for instance the first paragraph, which sets up the transformation: Now I, too, am an Axolotl. As he returns to the Jardin des Plantes day after day, he begins to make comments such as these: I would prop myself up on the railing in front of the tanks and set to study them.
Behind those Aztec faces, expressionless but of an implacable cruelty, what appearance awaited its hour?
Beyond this sense of obsessive madness lurks something else. As the passengers struggle to occupy themselves, their behavior toward each other begins to shift. Some make love, others retreat as far as they can from everyone else. His use of unstable, yet keenly, even painfully aware narrators allowed him to create stories that utilized the inexplicable component of weird fiction to make statements about contemporary life that he could not otherwise do through realism alone.Julio Cortazar.
M likes. Julio Cortázar was an Argentine writer best known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom. Oh I love what Cortazar I’ve read — ‘House Taken Over’ is one of my favourite stories (I recently blogged about it in my ‘strange stories’ series and got the story at least one new fan judging from the comments) and ‘The Axolotl’ is also very fine.
"The most magnificent novel I have ever read, and one to which I shall return again and again." —C.D.B. Bryan, The New York Times Book Review "Cortazar's masterpiece .
Julio Cortazar — Argentinian Writer born on August 26, , died on February 12, Julio Cortázar, born Jules Florencio Cortázar, was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist.
The last time I went to Prague was fifteen years ago with Carlos Fuentes and Julio Cortázar. We were travelling by train from Paris–because of our common fear of airplanes–and had talked about everything as-we traversed the divided night of the two Germanys, past oceans of beetfields, factories.
|Julio Cortázar - Wikipedia||His literary work focuses on poetry and short stories that often treat elements of fantasy.|
|Julio Cortázar (Author of Hopscotch)||Moving that tray alters the play of relationships in the whole house, of each object with another, of each moment of their soul with the soul of the house and its absent inhabitant.|
|Send Report||The home in Banfield, with its back yard, was a source of inspiration for some of his stories.|
Paul Blackburn & Julio Cortázar, summer in Provence, France. Used with permission of Joan Blackburn.