My interest in Julio Cortázar was piqued when I discovered his novel Hopscotch. At the front of it is a Table of Instructions. The reader can choose to read one of two ways: the first by progressing in the normal, linear fashion. The second is to follow a key of numbers, corresponding to the chapter headings, which sends the reader jumping back and forth through the book. Fascinating, right? I’m looking forward to tackling it, but am holding off until I have a substantial chunk of time to spend flipping pages.
Meanwhile, there are his short stories. And I highly recommend the short stories of Julio Cortázar. They remind me of Quim Monzó, who I have to believe is familiar with Cortázar’s writings but whose own work – while it contains similar games and puzzles – doesn’t have the same goals. The stories in All Fires The Fire
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