Janet is possibly the only female pursuer in Cortazar’s literature, Munoz argues, Cortazar’s remarks regarding “Anillo de Moebius” in a letter to Jaime Alazraki. “Anillo de Moebius” (Moebius strip) in the collection Queremos tanto a Glenda ( We Love Glenda So Much) is probably the most disturbing story of all. Janet. Cortázar, Julio. Personal Author: Cortázar, Julio. Recortes de prensa — Tango de vuelta — Clone — Grafitti — Historias que me cuento — Anillo de Moebius.

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He qualified as a teacher in and went to work in towns in the province of Buenos Aires: Lucio returns to the theater and discovers that the concert never took place.

The couple had first met in Argentina in and were married in In one of them, a painting that in some ways makes one think of Bosch, a desolate landscape is peopled by nude women, two of whom have extraordinarily long hair and are embracing each other.

He worked for a Buenos Aires publishing company and also earned a degree as a translator.

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He lowers his arm and a gladiatorial contest begins in the arena anil,o him, watched by his wife, Irene, who offers coryazar a routine smile. He publishes Octaedro, another collection of short stories. Moebous what modbius I shall offer some of my own observations about Rayuela, aware that others have probably said it all before. Chapter 3 takes us back to Paris, to the world sketched previously, but this time the narration is by an omniscient third person, and we can deduce that a man called Horacio Oliveira is the one who was the first-person narrator in previous scenes.

The strength of the Minotaur, then, is metaphorical; the power of Minos physically to imprison him, and to have him killed, is an irrelevance. So far as love is concerned, broadly positive portrayals, such as those involving passion, sad evocations of failed affairs, and hopes of total communication, are counterbalanced by images of rape and violence.

These and several other art-related works are discussed in some detail in chapter 7. Their imaginations are also fed by pictures in a book they find hidden on a shelf one is ee to assume it is a book of pictures by Delvaux, though there is enough ambiguity in the way they are described to allow one to conclude that whatever images they are, they are provocative and perhaps pornographic. The boy remains submissive, while the women stay on top to the end.


He suggests two ways of reading it, though he allows that yet others are possible; and he reminds us that as readers we are free to do as we wish.

A motorcyclist has an accident in Buenos Aires, is hospitalized as a result, and, whether under the influence of drugs or engaged in some sort of dream or hallucination, he finds himself involved in human sacrifice among the Aztecs of Mexico.

It therefore seems that the act of framing the scene is like in the other sense of that word framing the reader: The story also deals with first feelings of love: It becomes clear that for coetazar of them the Minotaur stands for deep-seated and disturbing passions.

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No one has a name, but people can be identified by the cars they drive; the makes and models seem to reflect their personalities, professions, or social status. She discovers that the museum is installed in a house in which each room leads into the next; Diana now embarks on this spatial sequence, this other journey.

It is through the free forms of jazz that Johnny, who otherwise appears to be incoherent, disorderly, and unappealing, finds a true way of expressing himself.

The two who inhabit it have no financial worries since moehius live on income from family property in the country; as a result, he can amuse himself, like any normal Argentine of his sort, reading his French literature, while she can quietly knit.

However, in Las armas secretas there are two stories that herald an important shift of focus coratzar the fantastic and horrific toward the exploration of deeper things: This rounding down of difference is coupled with a mindless adherence to a schedule. He intuits a more elusive and secret order of things, and 79 BREAK he credits Alfred Jarry, the man corfazar said that the exceptions were more interesting than the rules, with steering him toward that viewpoint.

Pierre tries to find rational explanations for what is happening.

Queremos tanto a Glenda

Although Bruno seems genuinely concerned about the way in which Johnny is destroying himself and wasting such talent, he pursues him out of pro- 28 THE STORIES fessional interest, rather as paparazzi pursue the objects of their attention.

By the night of the twenty-eighth it is clear that her life as a socialite in Argentina is losing ground to the realities of Budapest; she is losing her sense of time in a way that parallels the breakdown of the sense of distance. A banana skin on the road becomes a means of gauging progress.

But it did not take long for the book to become emblematic of the new Latin American fiction, and of its times. Julio Cortazar is an Argentine poet, short story writer, and translator, whose pseudonym is Julio Denis. At first he behaves in ways that seem obviously appropriate, but gradually he tries to influence the action according to his own wishes.

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Clara and her anonymous friend now enter a park, happy among the children and the ice creams. Unlike all the others, Persio exists on two levels, as a passenger and as a detached observer of the whole situation.

They then appear indignantly on his doorstep, to berate him for spoiling their hats and being profligate with toothpaste. When one of his girlfriends timidly announces that she is pregnant, Marini is unmoved: It is possible that incest is again implied in the relationship between Nene and Rema. Javier consoles himself by writing stories in which there are no medallions with faces looking in opposite directions, and the fictionality of this resolution of the problem is admitted: Los reyes was destined to pass almost unnoticed.

Certainly he and Sara do not communicate much, nor do they share the same interests indicated by his preference for jazz and hers for pasodobles. At the end of the story the two of them are fleeing together in fear through the labyrinthine streets of London, forced constantly to choose a direction, crossing a river that may be the Styx or the Rubicon or represent some form of baptism.

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Yet the light on the pictures somehow does not correspond to the reality of midday light. As he protests that he is no actor, they agree that indeed he is not, he is John Howell. He feels a need to give of himself, in a way that reciprocates her need when she looks at him. Then the idea came to him that in the final scene there should be one voice missing and that the missing voice should be the root cause of the demise of the choir.

Has she some strange power over or understanding of the tiger?

The story strongly suggests that their remedy is to kill her. Sarcastically, the proconsul tells her that since she dislikes the games and yet has honored him with her moebuis, he has taken pains to offer her what she likes best.