Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) was an Argentine novelist and short story writer. He was part of the “Boom Generation,” that cluster of incredible Latin American writers—Borges, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, amongst others—who rose to prominence in the 70s and 80s, reinvigorating Western literature with imaginative splendor.
Cortázar’s best-known novel is “Rayuela” (“Hopscotch”), a kind of complicated choose-your-own-adventure where the reader plays by the author’s pre-determined rules. His best-known short story is, of course, “Blowup,” which the great Michelangelo Antonioni turned into a film and won the Palm d’Or.
But my favorite of his tales, for what it’s worth, is “El Perseguidor” (“The Pursuer”), a tragic, heart-wrenching story
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