Julio Cortazar (1914-1984), Argentine novelist, poet, essayist, and short-story writer, was born in Brussels, and moved permanently to France in 1951. Cortazar is now recognized as one of the century's major experimental writers, reflecting the influence of French surrealism, psychoanalysis, and his love of both photography and jazz, along with his strong commitment to revolutionary Latin American politics. Katherine Silver is an award-winning literary translator and the co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC).
"One of those books that radically shifted my thinking about the possibilities of narrative." -- Christopher Higgs - Big Other "The consequent lectures-originally delivered in Spanish and translated adeptly by Katherine Silver-are erudite, intimate, charmingly fragmented, and anecdotal, covering a range of topics, from "Eroticism and Literature" to "The Realistic Short Story." -- Dustin Illingworth - The Atlantic "Based on the words spoken by Cortazar and his students, the class that he taught appears to be an interesting hybrid of Cortazar as tour guide of his body of work, and as mentor into the broader lessons about the qualities of fiction that resonated most with him." -- The Culture Trip "A first-class literary imagination." -- The New York Times "[T]he lectures, at times, do feel cobbled together-but in the best way, in the way of art that thrives in complexity and contradiction. They are made from pieces of Cortazar's life, his writing, his experiences as a young writer in Argentina and an as exile in Paris, his deep engagement with literature and cinema and politics, and they show the mind of a writer at work, asking questions and unearthing new possibilities." -- John Flynn-York - The Rumpus "He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez "Anyone who doesn't read Cortazar is doomed." -- Pablo Neruda