Search Results: "Julio Cortazar"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An astute and sensitive translation brings this charming work to light for American audiences."
New translation of a whimsical 20th-century travelogue. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Ortega's heavy-handed approach and obsession with satire overshadows these potentially powerful narratives."
In these two Peruvian allegories, Ortega tries to use caustic humor to convey a nation haunted by government repression, daily terrorism, and communism—but fails when every joke falls flat. Read full book review >

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THE YELLOW RAIN by Julio Llamazares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Little plot, and somewhat static, but suffused with a poetic intensity that rivets the reader's attention to the page: a fine introduction to the work of a very accomplished novelist."
An old man awaits his solitary death in an abandoned village in Spain's Pyrenees Mountains: a limpid 1998 novel, its Spanish author's first to appear in English translation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not you buy into this version of the Gallo story, it's a family saga with all the makings of a television miniseries: adversity, intrigue, tragedy, manipulation, greed, and a slick presentation. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Though the Gallos' wines might repulse you and their reputation give you the willies, their autobiography is worth a look, if only to get another side of the picture. Read full book review >

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LITERATURE CLASS, BERKELEY 1980 by Julio Cortázar
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 28, 2017

"It's great to have these insights from the author himself about his writings, but it's a bumpy ride for all but a small, scholarly audience."
A collection about the art of fiction. Read full book review >

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THE FOX FROM UP ABOVE AND THE FOX FROM DOWN BELOW by Jose maria Arguedas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"One of the landmarks of Latin American fiction."
A "Critical Edition" of the late (1911-69) Peruvian novelist's unfinished masterpiece, published in 1971, two years after the last of the troubled Arguedas's several suicide attempts. Read full book review >

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THE VINTAGE BOOK OF LATIN AMERICAN STORIES by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Still, a very satisfying selection—and, at $14, a tremendous bargain."
A solid collection of 39 stories covering an approximate half-century's worth of fiction variously illustrative of the conflicting principles (cited in Fuentes's prefatory essay "The Storyteller") of "immediate effect" espoused by Argentinean Julio Cortázar and "interrelated narrative constellations" as practiced by his countryman Jorge Luis Borges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMPHIBIANS by Edward R. Ricciuti
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the 14-volume Our Living World series, a colorful look at common amphibians worldwide—frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and the legless, wormlike caecilians. Read full book review >

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DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET by Patricia A. Keeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Should prompt further study of its fascinating subject. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young reader's guide to African dance. Read full book review >