Cronopios and Famas. Fiction by Julio Cortázar. Long out of print and now reissued in paperback, Cronopios and Famas is one of the. Cronopios and Famas: Julio Cortazar. Beneath the apparent, calm calmness that the world presents us with, beneath the general air of. A review and a link to other reviews of Cronopios and Famas by Julio Cortázar.

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Divided into 4 sections, the book starts with the Instruction manual, Sometime it takes a while to appreciate Cortazar. I didn’t until I read the How to. It was so bizarre, not that his other works weren’t, that I felt I was reading something familiar yet there was cronopjos out of this world element in it.

One should never commit this sin of asking the point of these stories.

Cronopios and Famas by Julio Cortázar

That is a facile, puerile task. At least it inspired me to write something similar, a futile effort, but it was rewarding: Instructions on How to Kill a Poet. It does take a crnopios to become Cortazarised I liked the last bits most. Cortazar w’d have been pleased! I was wondering if you have “Instruccions on How climb a staircase. If you have it, do you mind e mailing me it asap? Cortazar u such marvellous imagination and versatility. The Instructions, in particular, seem underappreciated.

There is definitely more to them than mere absurdity.

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We do not know the hidden dangers lurking in each shadow, behind each smile. Storms are easy to behold, sometimes run away from. Thunder, lightning, the brazen act of treachery, the unrequited passion, the false love, the useless poem, the boring novel, the hidden malignancy and disappointing jobs and smokeless days, with all these one can live with and later cronopioa of; but it is the false veneer of civilized faamas, the lack of control over external shadows, the lurking danger at each step in this fading cortzaar that is grotesque.


Macabre and bizarre, well this is a way of describing this collection of short stories, improvisations and at best prose fragments by Julio Cortazar that defy description, that baffle imagination for they are really what I have seen no writer attempt before.

Published as Historias de cronopios y de famasI came across this 2 years ago in Borges’ the library of Babel list.

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I have read it intermittently, when I want to remind myself of how poetry can still break and create melancholy, how imagination and creativity can save a dull and boring hour, of how bereft of everything life would be without literature, of how well Cortazar wrote.

And it is this similar sense of dread and foreboding that I experienced while reading these stories or fragments that I mentioned in the beginning, that grotesque sense of humour, a black art. Divided into 4 sections, the book famaas with the Instruction manualfollowed by unusual occupationsunstable stuff and ending in Cronopios and Famas. The instruction manual instructs on how to cry, how to sing, how to be afraid, how to comb the hair, how to kill a witch and wind a watch amongst others.

Unusual occupations are short prose pieces including a hilarious piece called the loss and recovery of the hair. cronopioz

Unstable stuff has some fantastic passages and literary rarities like the the behaviour of mirrors on Easter island and this fantastically named story Cortaxar tending to illustrate the uncertainty of the stability within which we like to believe we existor laws could give ground to the exceptionsunforeseen disastersor improbabilities, and i still want to see you there.

The book ends with Cronopios famae famaswhat a name, what writing, what imagination! Cortazar claimed to have written this book for fun, and it is considered less important than his other works. However, I think these short and occasionally longer prose writings allow the uninitiated reader into this amazingly rich and imaginary world of Cortazar. There is humour, often dry and black, reflecting in an unglorified way the absurdities of everyday life but with such a heightened sense of invention and literary charm that one finds the game worth more than fun prose.


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I sense that the other way of describing this work is bizarre, out of ordinary, incomparably rich in a fantastic imagination that this very exaggerated dreamy imagination lifts this work into the heights of sublime literature. This is not just surrealistic prose but also a way, a pose, a smile, a cry and poetic license turned upside down.

The book begins thus, giving a taste of what to expect The job of having to soften up the brick everyday, the job of cleaving a passage through the glutinous mass that declares itself to be the world, to collide every morning with the same narrow rectangular space, the same taste of the same toothpaste, the same sad houses across the street In his on how to be afraid, Cortazar writes Cr onopios and famas a good link here are imaginary creations of Cortazaralong with Esperanzasfirst used in this book.

In fact, the great novel It is an amazing feat of imagination, for this is literary daring at its best.

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It also suggests something bizarre, outre, fantastical, out of the ordinary. Herein are described the behaviour of these famws creatures, their habits, dances, moods. This book or collection showcases the talents of a literary giant, a bohemian poet, an artist, a great humorist, a lover of music, a tragedian and a master of sad music.

The unimportant or academic question is Is he Latin America’s greatest writer? Posted by Kubla Khan at 7: I am glad you liked it. Oh, glad to see this review! I read the book some days ago, and Loved it! This comment has been removed by the author.

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