Literature Class, Berkeley 1980


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5.3 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 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.
Katherine Silver's award-winning translations include works by María Sonia Cristoff, Daniel Sada, César Aira, Julio Cortázar, Juan Carlos Onetti, and Julio Ramón Ribeyro. The author of Echo Under Story, she does volunteer interpreting for asylum seekers.


A first-class literary imagination.
One of those books that radically shifted my thinking about the possibilities of narrative.--Christopher Higgs
The consequent lectures--originally delivered in Spanish and translated adeptly by Katherine Silver--are erudite, intimate, charmingly fragmented, and anecdotal, covering a range of topics, from "Eroticism and Literature" to "The Realistic Short Story."--Dustin Illingworth
Based on the words spoken by Cortázar and his students, the class that he taught appears to be an interesting hybrid of Cortázar as tour guide of his body of work, and as mentor into the broader lessons about the qualities of fiction that resonated most with him.
As Cortázar stresses throughout his talks, writing is rarely a pursuit of answers but, rather, about investigation--of the self, of one's work, and of the world at large. The goal of the novel, Cortázar says, is to harmonize its formal and literal questions into a central, destabilizing quandary: 'Why are things like they are and not otherwise?
[T]he lectures, at times, do feel cobbled together--but in the best way, in the way of art that thrives in complexity and contradiction. They are made from pieces of Cortázar's life, his writing, his experiences as a young writer in Argentina and an as exile in Paris, his deep engagement with literature and cinema and politics, and they show the mind of a writer at work, asking questions and unearthing new possibilities.--John Flynn-York
A glittering showcase for a daring talent--Julio Cortázar is a dazzler.
Cortázar spoke of something more than novelty or progress--he spoke of the radically new and joyful nature of every instant, of the body, the memory and the imagination of men and women.--Carlos Fuentes
He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him.--Gabriel García Márquez
Anyone who doesn't read Cortázar is doomed.--Pablo Neruda
Literature Class is a serious boon for Julio Cortázar fans. Delivered at the end of his life while visiting UC Berkeley, these eight lectures offer fresh insights into the mind of one of the 20th Century's most vital writers.-- (08/14/2017)