At a glance:
- Author: Julio Cortazar
- First Published: 1980
- Type of Work: Short stories
- Time of Work: France, Italy, Africa, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Austria, Germany, Cuba, and Argentina
- Genres: Short fiction
In his essay-review “Peter Snook” (1836), Edgar Allan Poe made one of the first and clearest statements of the central principle of what should be known as “combinational” literary art, or, as Julio Cortázar calls it in his preface to 62: A Model Kit (1968, 1972), “combinatory art.” Poe, speaking there of the art of the short story, says that “the true invention is elaborate. There is no greater mistake than the supposition that a true originality is a mere matter of impulse or inspiration. To originate, is carefully, patiently, and understandingly to...
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