Todos los fuegos el fuego PDF/EPUB ↠ fuegos el PDF

Todos los fuegos el fuego PDF/EPUB ↠ fuegos el PDF

Todos los fuegos el fuego ➸ [Read] ➳ Todos los fuegos el fuego By Julio Cortázar ➽ – Cortazar's stories are like small time pieces, where each polished part moves relentlessly on its own particular path, exercising a crucial and perpetual influence on the mechanism as a whole Moments Cortazar's stories are like fuegos el PDF Í small time pieces, where each polished part moves relentlessly on its own particular path, exercising a crucial and perpetual influence on the Todos los PDF or mechanism as a whole Moments jerk forward and retract, reflect and refract: an island at noon from an aeroplanean aeroplane at noon from an island; the living los fuegos el Kindle × deceiving the dying and also themselves, about death; fatality by fire in an ancient Roman arena and in a modern city apartment It is a world that is constantly shifting, upsetting our balance and our peace of mind, a world outside of time that provokes a fascination bordering on terror Cortazar is the master of the form and this celebrated collection houses some of his finest work.

10 thoughts on “Todos los fuegos el fuego

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Eight stories with a touch of magical realism, like his countryman Borges. Cortazar was born in Argentina, but like so many other Latin American authors, left for Paris in his late thirties and died there in 1984.

    In the title story, two stories are juxtaposed: scenes of a Roman gladiator fighting for his life in an arena with modern scenes from a man on the phone with his wife, girlfriend at his side. Both stories end in conflagrations.

    Another story starts with a week-long traffic jam in Paris. As food runs short and some older folks die without medical help, people start to re-create society. They organize themselves into local tribes; some help others and share their food; others steal and sell for profit.

    A family conspires to keep the news of the death of a brother from their elderly, critically ill mother. They think they succeed so well that they end up fooling themselves more than the mother.

    A band of brothers fight in the Spanish Civil War; their comradery and feeling for each other offers some solace from what will be futility as the enemy closes in around them.

    A young married nurse falls in love with a much younger, awkward boy who is terminally ill.

    An airline steward flies over the Mediterranean each day and becomes obsessed with a certain island he repeatedly sees from the air. He quits his job, moves to the island and experiences tragedy.

    A man continues to seek the company of a prostitute even after he has become engaged. He offers her protection from a serial killer preying on the night women. When the killer is caught and he is ready to marry and be faithful, he sees a life of emptiness ahead of him.

    A man in a theater is pulled out of the audience and forced to play a part in a stage drama. He goes along with the expected role for the first act but he ad-libs in later acts with dire consequences.

    Pretty good stories but not up to those of the master.

  2. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Julio Cortázar and his cat. Photo taken in the early 1960s when Julio was living in Paris.

    An outstanding collection of eight short stories by one of the giants of 20th century literature – Argentina’s Julio Cortázar. In their own way, each story is a gem, with such titles as The Southern Thruway and the title piece, All Fires the Fire. Below is my write-up of one of the stories that really hit home for me. Spoiler alert: my analysis is of the entire story, beginning to end.

    Overwhelming Humdrum: “The first time he saw the island, Marini was politely leaning over the seats on the left, adjusting a plastic table before setting a lunch tray down.” Julio’s opening line of this short tale of obsession, a flight attendant’s obsession for a Greek island, an image of escape from the drab routine of walking up and down the narrow aisle serving passengers, listening to complaints, the forced smiles, requirements of politeness and small talk with colleagues, strict dress code, forever marking the minutes on one’s wristwatch. Think of how claustrophobic we can become on an airplane as passengers; then think of all those men and women who spend so much of their life on airplanes. Let me out of here!

    Dreamtime: Marini’s island is Xiros, a small, solitary island surrounded by an infinite blue. If he would like to experience the island's pristine beauty, he’s told he had better act fast – the tourists will soon flood the island currently inhabited by a handful of fisherman. Marini flies over Xiros at noon three times a week but, so near but so far away, he might as well be dreaming he’s flying over Xiros. I especially fancy Julio’s choice of name for Marini’s island: Xiros, like the number zero with all its ground zero associations. And, of course, in the hectic bustle of our modern world, we all have dreams of escape to a deserted island paradise, reducing all our many nagging hassles down to zero.

    Growing Obsession: Marini knows he is obsessed – he had read the guidebooks telling him how octopus is the main resource, Xiros fisherman use large stones for piles and every five days a boat leaves for Xiros. He even makes a trip to a travel agency where they tell him he will have to charter a special boat or perhaps hitch a ride on the octopus boat. That’s the nature of obsession – once we allow our obsession to take hold, gathering information, digging into details, it really takes root and grows and grows. And since we live in the age of information with an entire ocean of facts available for anyone to collect and sort through on any topic whatsoever, our obsession can easily fill our every waking hour.

    Eureka!: The pilots call him the madman of the island; his girlfriend informs him she’s going to marry a dentist; his dinner date makes a beeline for the bar when he launches into island talk, but no matter, Marini is too preoccupied with his one and only subject to give mind to anything else. And then his dream comes true: he finally gets to travel to Xiros. On arrival, the boat’s captain introduces him to Klaios, an island fisherman who has two sons flocking around him. Marini immediately feels at home, kinship with Klaios, instant friends with the boys. Ah, to bask in union with the object of one’s obsession, the object can be another person, perhaps one’s lover or soulmate, an activity like skiing or tennis or cooking, but whatever it is, for the one obsessed, there’s nothing else in this world like it.

    Dream Come True, One: Mirini sets out for a blissful walk on the island (he recognizes a cove he’s seen from the air!), savoring every minute, then after some time, sweating in the heat of the midday sun, he undresses and thrusts himself from a rock into the sea. He swims and occasionally turns on his back to float, accepting all of his surroundings in a single act of conciliation. He now knows in his heart he has found a new home and will never return to his old life.

    Dream Come True, Two: After his swim, he strolls back toward the houses. One of Klaios’ sons is waiting for him. Mirini voices the one Greek word he knows: Kalimera. The boy doubles over in laughter. Ah, to share your moment of supreme joy with a new friend. Mirini turns toward the sea and catches a glimpse of the charter boat becoming smaller and smaller on the horizon, which, for him, signals farewell to any dealings he will ever have with his former life. Good riddance!

    High Noon: Now that he’s on his secluded island, will his former life ever impose itself on him? Mirini closes his eyes, not even wanting to catch so much of a glimpse of the plane that will be flying overhead very soon. But then we read, “Unable to fight against all that past he opened his eyes and sat up, and in the same moment saw the right wing of the plane, almost over his head, tilt unaccountably, the changed sound of the jet engines, the almost vertical drop into the sea.”

    Dream Turned Nightmare: Mirini runs to the spot of the crash. He dives in the water – all he can glimpse is a cardboard box and a hand, the hand of a dying man. He pulls the man in a white shirt up on land, a man who is now dead in his arms. His mind reels. The boy and some women from the village run up to him. Thus ends the story. However, as readers we know this day, this hour, will be the most vivid, most memorable in the life of Mirini. One of the things I love about a Julio Cortázar short story is we never know how it will end until we finish reading the last sentence. Life can turn that quickly, that sharply, and no writer has ever captured life's sharp turns more brilliantly than Julio.

  3. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    3.5 stars
    I was evenly divided over this collection. There was sufficient detail and structure, yet the mechanism, the revelation was as likely as not to go flat at the crucial moment.
    South Thruway and The Island at Noon both had a universal quality, a subconscious resonance. the first a Ballard nightmare as made palpable by Godard and Stipe. The latter was an exquisite notion of modern escape, one back to the primoradial from the comfort of Business Class. The other stories had contrivance hanging from them, a visible bulge which distorted. I was also hoping that the tales would steeped into a nebbish, bookish world, not merely recounting the Cuban Revolution or insulating mama from the world's mortality.

  4. Douglas Douglas says:

    My first Cortázar. Surreal, lyrical, and absolutely magnificent. About once a year I find a new writer I’ve never read that stays with me. 2019 will undoubtedly be the year I found Julio Cortázar. Each story in this collection is a master class in how to distill a grand, novelistic idea. The shifting voices in the title story and “Nurse Cora” were unlike anything I’ve read before. Every word was meticulously placed and each sentence the mark of a craftsman. I’ve noticed that most writers and readers don’t simply recommend reading Cortázar, they say you must read Cortázar. Now, I know why.

  5. David David says:

    I had read several recent reviews on this book and was encouraged to read this small collection of eight stories. Published in 1966, some stories are written in a very experimental style (Instructiones para John Howell and Todos los fuegos el fuego). I have read his classic Rayuela, a very experimental book and loved it. I have to admit when Cortázar uses this technique in a short story, it can get confusing fast so one needs to pay attention, or in my case read a passage to figure things out.

    But the joy is the short story is brevity and getting/making a point. This is almost always at the very end (La autopista del sur was not) and one is either amazed or annoyed. Almost all of these endings for me were in the first category. There is humour, love, fear, tragedy and just plain enjoyment involved here. I found the last two stories as well as the first two as full five story reads; the other four were good but a little lesser in wow factor for me. So I would give it a 4.5 but I am sure other readers would bicker on this point. If you like the short story, these are worthy to read.

    Below are my individual reactions:

    La autopista del sur - At first I didn't quite grasp where Cortázar was going with this story because it just seemed too obvious. A couple with a young child gets stuck in a huge traffic jam. Everyone slowly begins to chat, share food and water, help each other but then this traffic jam seemed to go on and on. For days, or so it seemed. Mysterious cars appear selling black market materials, someone gets ill, a person dies. Then things tidy up. The whole story is symbolism for our society. At first we help, but then bad things happen, and our predictable lives are a mess. This one packs a punch even though it's very subtle.

    La salud de Los enfermos - I really enjoyed the black humour of this story. Mama is old and very week. One should not aggravate ever. So when her youngest child, the golden one sets off for Brazil as an engineer on a big project, he gets killed in an accident. The family decides its best not to tell her the truth. He's busy or he can't get time off or any excuse. Then her aging sister gets sick and dies, now what do we do? Loved this story!

    Reunión - The soldiers land on the beach and Luis is going to help them. Things go badly. They seem to be on the run. Will Luis help them?

    La señorita Cora - This was a fun one. Young teen boy in the hospital for appendicitis and in pain. Enter nurse Cora. She will make things better. Won't she? Nothing like young male love.

    La isla a mediodía - This story kicked off enjoyably. Young Italian man flies over his favourite Greek island three times a week exactly at noon. He has given up Carla, acts like a playboy sleeping with whom he meets, especially stewardesses. But he can't get this island out of his head. He borrows some money, makes the challenging trip to the island only to discover there is only a family living there. Then the unexpected happens. Not quite what I was expecting.

    Instructiones para John Howell - A man, his woman, deceived by an another man is played out in a theatrical manner.

    Todos los fuegos el fuego - This is a master of writing, blending a scene from a Roman gladiator battle with a ménage between a man and two women. The scenes switch, sometimes every couple of lines but the symbolism is masterful. Even that odd title All the fires the fire hits you after you read the last lines of the story.

    El otro cielo - Wow, what a story. This was my favourite in the book. The narrator, a runner in the stock market is engaged to Irma. He is bored of his job and his impending marriage and frequents the brothels (so typical of Latin American writers) and spends the nights with Josiane. He enjoys the other heaven but when mysterious Laurent begins killing prostitute, things get tense. The story is set during the forties in Buenos Aires, and the lives of the working poor erupts with political upheaval, the narrator is forced to make choices. This political side intertwines the social side and Cortázar weaves a masterful story. This is one to read.

  6. Inderjit Sanghera Inderjit Sanghera says:

    Reading Julio Cortazar brings back an internal debate I was having with myself after I attended a book group in which we discussed “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. Most the attendees were dismissive of the novel due to (what they felt) was an incoherent plot structure and unrealistic events within the novel, which led me to ponder the difference between naturalistic and linear Anglo-Saxon narrative techniques and the fantastical nature of Latin American nature, in which the authors instead of telling a linear story are more concerned with dissecting and exploring literary narratives in a fashion that most readers used to the conventions of Western fiction would find disorientating, during events that most Western writers would find unrealistic.
    Like Borges, Cortazar is concerned not so much with objective reality, but exploring the surreal and all too often fantastical nature of reality vis-à-vis art, The Other Heaven being a Borges like play on a conventional literary genre-the murder mystery story, welded together with the surreal world which Cortazar has created for his characters, who revolve like planets around his imaginary universe. Like Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, Cortazar explores the highly sentimental world of Spanish soap operas in “The Health of the Sick”, a wonderful and whimsical exploration of family relationships. The surreal atmosphere of “Instructions for John Howell”, a story which is suffused with a Kafkaesque paranoia which again resembles Borges is another brilliant story and the jejunish “The Island at Noon” recalls the fantastical “Invention of Morel” by Bioy Casares. However Cortazar’s strongest short is the one in which he sheds the skins of literary influences to create a truly original and spellbinding juxtaposition of a gladiator’s demise in Ancient Rome, with a scene between a couple set in modern times, Cortazar’s imagination sets off a spark which incinerates the arena in which the gladiator lies dying, which in turns sets off a blaze in the apartment of the couple, as the two scenes coalesce at the end of the story as Cortazar’s imagination conflagrates, as he blazes his own path in literary history to create the wonderful set of short stories contained in “All Fires the Fire” and his other short story collections.

  7. Phyllis Eisenstadt Phyllis Eisenstadt says:

    Excellent short stories. My favorite was La Isla a mediodia. Cortazar certainly has a way with words, and he spins the most memorable tales that are more than merely short stories; they are paintings with words. I first read his short stories in college, so these are rereads for me, and enjoyed just as much the second time around. They are never to be forgotten.

  8. Darryl Darryl says:

    This collection of short stories was originally published in 1966 in Spanish, translated into English in 1973, and re-released by Marion Boyers Publishers (UK) in 2005; I picked it up at the London Review Bookshop this summer.

    If I had only read the first two short stories, The Southern Thruway and The Health of the Sick, I would have given this book 5 stars. The first story is about a horrific traffic jam on a major road bringing travelers back to Paris, where motorists are essentially motionless for weeks, with no help from local residents or government officials. The second story is centered around the dying matriarch of a wealthy family whose members ingeniously hide from her the death of her son and sister—or so they think.

    Unfortunately the remaining six stories do not come close to the promise of the first two, and only Nurse Cora, a story about a teenage boy who is hospitalized with appendicitis, competently cared for by Nurse Cora, but badly mismanaged by his diffident surgeon, was of interest. However, this story was marred by rapid and unpredictable changes in the narration (boy, nurse, doctor, mother), which disrupted its flow. I would marginally recommend this collection, but only because the first two stories were fantastic.

  9. Nikos79 Nikos79 says:

    This is the first book I have ever tried by Julio Cortazar. In this collection, I found the best story this one with the unbelievable traffic jam in highway to Paris which focus on the relationships being developed between people under difficult or even dangerous situations, and the melancholic taste that leaves the ending. I also liked a lot the story starring the young nurse miss Cora and admired the multiple narrators who appear with no previous warning in the text. Also the story about the health of sick people was pretty good. The other stories were just ok and some of them kind of indifferent.

    In general and without being a big fan of short stories, I pretty liked this collection and although I didn't find the whole book as something special, I adored the narrative voice of Cortazar which is quite addictive and I guess I 'll continue with him at some point with some other of his books.

  10. Nate D Nate D says:

    Cortazar created a certain kind of storytelling in the work collected in Blow-Up and Other Stories, a kind of moebius strip construction that flips over and loops back without slowing. Here, he seems consciously to keep pushing his forms forward, defying the expectations he has laid out for himself and pushing in new directions, or else cutting back to avoid the expected twist by some more subtle maneuver. The results vary in success, making this a bit more uneven as a collection, but never for a moment boring. The dystopian roadways of the opener stun in particular.

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