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About the Author

Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels of Argentine parents in 1914. After World War I his family returned to Argentina, where he received a literature degree from the teachers college in Buenos Aires in 1935. From 1935 to 1945 he taught in secondary schools in several Argentine towns. From 1945 to 1951 he worked as a literary translator for Argentine publishing houses, translating the complete prose works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as works by André Gide, Walter de la Mare, G.K. Chesterton, Daniel Defoe, and Jean Giono. He refused a chair at the University of Buenos Aires because of his opposition to the Perón regime. In 1951 he moved to France, where he lived until his death in 1984, dividing his time between Paris and the Provençal town of Saignon. He accepted President Mitterand's offer of French citizenship in 1981, while insisting that he had not relinquished his Argentine citizenship.

Active in Latin American politics, he visited Cuba in 1961 and Nicaragua in 1983; he donated his Prix Médicis prize money for his novel Libro de Manuel to the United Chilean Front. During most of his years in France he worked for four months as a translator from French and English into Spanish for UNESCO and devoted the rest of the year to his writing and other loves such as the jazz trumpet. He published poems and plays in the thirties and forties but achieved his first major success with a book of stories, Bestiario, in 1951 His novel Rayuela (translated into English as Hopscotch in 1966), was widely praised and won Cortázar an enthusiastic international following.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 014025580X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140255805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
este libro es excelente. me encantaron los cuentos que tiene y ademas es mucho mas facil de leer que rayuela , el otro es un reto increiblemente delicioso para los lectores. este libro presenta casas encantdas, embotellamientos de traficos donde se recrean la absurdidad de la vida cotidiana y la ilusion de alguien que vive en dos mundos en la noche boca arriba. es una obra que se debe disfrutar despacion, un cuento a la vez para no perder el sabor a juego y anomalia que nos deja cortazar al leerlo.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Chang on July 29, 2000
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Primero, debo confesar que soy un fanático de Cortazar. Este libro reúne algunos relatos brillantes y otros que son difíciles de seguir. Pero debemos entender que muchos de los relatos de Cortázar transmiten sensaciones, estados de ánimo, más que argumentos o cadenas de hechos. Estas sensaciones son casi siempre vagamente opresivas, sutilezas que nos absorven a su universo que nos puede parecer real, pero que siempre hay algo que no encaja en esa realidad. Cuando nos dimos cuenta, ya nos ha transportado a su mundo de fantasmas y estamos compartiendo un sutil sufrimiento con el autor y las protagonistas. Por esta razon, Cortazar es un maestro. En su mayoria, sus relatos tienen complejos vaivenes de argumentos, que siempre termina sorprendiéndonos. Cortázar juega con nosotros, los lectores, para conducirnos de la mano hacia un mundo de sensaciones y sorpresas que termina maravillándonos por la destreza de su guía.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Oquendo on June 21, 2005
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Usted no necesita ser un experto en literatura para disfrutar de un buen libro. La clave en esta colección es que reune los cuentos que contribuyeron a que Julio Cortázar se convirtiera en el maestro latinoamericano del relato. Junto a antologías de narrativa corta de los grandes escritores nuestros y que recomiendo (El llano en llamas, de Juan Rulfo; Ficciones, de Jorge Luis Borges; Doce cuentos pregrinos, de Gabriel García Márquez; y de recientes como Maldito amor, de Jorge Franco; y Desencuentros, de Edmundo Paz Soldán, entre otros), La autopista del sur y otros cuentos es la mejor introducción que cualquier lector interesado puede tener en la literatura de Cortázar y su alta influencia en autores contemporáneos, aún si no se ha decidido leer Rayuela, su obra máxima. Ya tendrá su momento. Lea este, y los demás llegarán por añadidura.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luis Méndez on July 29, 2000
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este libro es excelente. me encantaron los cuentos que tiene y ademas es mucho mas facil de leer que rayuela , el otro es un reto increiblemente delicioso para los lectores. este libro presenta casas encantdas, embotellamientos de traficos donde se recrean la absurdidad de la vida cotidiana y la ilusion de alguien que vive en dos mundos en la noche boca arriba. es una obra que se debe disfrutar despacion, un cuento a la vez para no perder el sabor a juego y anomalia que nos deja cortazar al leerlo.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
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Compré este libro esperando que me sirviera de introducción al trabajo de Julio Cortazar. Logró su cometido estupendamente, aunque el trabajo en si llega a los extremos. Desde cuentos absolutamente brillantes como La Casa Tomada, y Cuentos de Cronopios y Famas, hasta historias aburridisimas, que no llegan a ninguna parte. Una lectura muchas veces espectacular, otras monotona y dificil. Cortazar no ha ganado un nuevo fanático conmigo, pero eso no es motivo para parar a nadie a leerlo. Aquellos que lo disfrutan, lo disfrutarán.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Salvade on December 15, 1999
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If you would like to read Cortazar but are intrigued by his style, this great and simple yet mind challenging book showcases his great imagination and story-telling power. In "Autopistas del Sur..." he takes us through a wide range of stories, from childhood memories to enchanted houses to simple life events.
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By daniel v. on November 29, 2000
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Siempre he pensado que el libro Final del juego es un verdadero manual de estilo y estructura para quien desee iniciarse en la escritura de relatos, y Las Armas Secretas es otra joya del género. Este volumen, siguiendo un critero inentendible, deja fuera algunos cuentos claves pero aún así es una estupenda manera de conocer a Cortázar y su fascinación con la posibilidad de conectarnos -a veces en los momentos y lugares más prosaicos- con otra realidad o con otra manera de funcionar en el mundo. Nunca le interesó el género de terror, pero algunos de estos relatos son escalofriantes y nunca le interesó el folletín, pero algunos también son lo más triste que he leído. Tal vez ambos factores se alimentan mutuamente. Cualquier lector serio interesado en saber qué pasó con el cuento en español en el siglo pasado debe pasar por tres tipos: Borges, Rulfo y Cortázar.
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