• A fecund mixture of surrealism, symbolism, nouveau roman experimentation and Borgesian fantasy, Cortázar enthusiastically seeds his realistic settings – for the most part split between Buenos Aires and Paris – with impossible invasions of the fantastical and supernatural. The effect is often a refined philosophical take on the "uncanny tales" strand of speculative fiction

  • Cortázar is one of the most distinctive voices in Latin American literature

  • Original...circuitous and powerful... Cortázar's method is to keep tight control over a world in which, just below the surface of charming, sophisticated social life, lies the unfaceable and unmentionable

    Financial Times
  • Cortázar can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night

  • A first-class literary imagination at work

    The New York Times Book Review

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