Cronopios and Famas
Julio Cortázar (Author) Paul Blackburn (Translator)
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DescriptionThe Instruction Manual, the first chapter, is an absurd assortment of tasks and items dissected in an instruction-manual format. Unusual Occupations, the second chapter, describes the obsessions and predilections of the narrator's family, including the lodging of a tiger-just one tiger- for the sole purpose of seeing the mechanism at work in all its complexity. Finally, the Cronopios and Famas section delightfully characterizes, in the words of Carlos Fuentes, those enemies of pomposity, academic rigor mortis and cardboard celebrity-a band of literary Marx Brothers. As the Saturday Review remarked: Each page of Cronopios and Famas sparkles with vivid satire that goes to the heart of human character and, in the best pieces, to the essence of the human condition.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
April 17, 1999
5.25 X 0.46 X 7.98 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author
Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), Argentine novelist, poet, essayist, and short-story writer, was born in Brussels, and moved permanently to France in 1951. Cortazar is now recognized as one of the century's major experimental writers, reflecting the influence of French surrealism, psychoanalysis, and his love of both photography and jazz, along with his strong commitment to revolutionary Latin American politics.
Paul Blackburn (November 24, 1926-September 13, 1971) was an American poet. He influenced contemporary literature through his poetry, translations and the encouragement and support he offered to fellow poets.