Feliz Cumpleaños, Julio

The Argentine writer Julio Cortazar was born on August 26, 1914. Following the rise to power of Juan Peron, Cortazor emigrated to Paris in 1951. There he produced his masterpieces Hopscotch, Blow-up and Other Stories (the titular short story formed the basis for Antonioni’s movie of the same name), Around the Day in Eighty Worlds (my personal favorite), and We Loved Glenda So Much. They’re hard to find but well worth the search.

Like many Latin American authors of the period, Cortazar’s work is surrealist and fabulist. He was also strongly influenced by jazz improvisation. His stories are melancholy and beautiful–I can’t recommend him enough.

Julio Cortazar died in 1984.–David E