CARTAS DE MAMÁ by Julio Cortázar


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"En Cartas de mamá lo trivial, lo necesariamente trivial, está en el título, en el proceder de los personajes y en la mención continua de marcas de cigarrillos o de estaciones de subterráneos. El prodigio requiere esos pormenores" 

Jorge Luis Borges

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Julio Cortázar (1914-1981) lived for a time in Argentina writing and also translating authors such as Poe. His leftist politics led him to seek exile in France in 1951, where he spent the remainder of of his life freely indulging his pursuits of literature and jazz trumpet. One of his stories was the basis for the iconic 1966 UK-Italian coproduction. Cortázar had a unique, non-linear style exemplified in his major work Rayuela (translated into English by Gregory Rabassa as Hopskotch), in which the reader is given an alternate order in which to read the various chapters. His writings typically contain elements of the surreal or the absurd, such as Instrucciones para llorar (‘Instructions for crying’). This short story is from the popular collection Historias de Cronopios y famas (1970), which according to the US Library of Congress already exists in English translation (Cronopios and Famas by Paul Blackburn, New York: New Directions, 1999). 

  • Age Adults
  • Binding Paperback
  • ISBN 978-84-92683-91-8
  • Language Spanish
  • Pages 80
  • Product Dimensions 11 x 17 cm.
  • Publisher Nordica Libros

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