Around the Day in Eighty Worlds (Magill's Literary Annual 1987)
Julio Cortázar, best known for his constructivist fictions including Hopscotch (1963), 62: A Model Kit (1968), and We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales (1981), was, along with Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Carlos Fuentes, one of the most bountiful sources of the modern renaissance in Central and South American fiction. His death in 1984 marked a watershed of sorts: The first generation, to whom Borges served as godfather, was passing away, and the effects of its remarkable outpouring, moving north (though this is only one of the directions in which it moved), was being felt by a new generation of “fabulists” in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Around the Day in Eighty Worlds could serve either as an introduction to or as a retrospective of Cortázar’s work: Though most of the pieces included were collected between 1967 and 1969, and published originally in two books, La vuelta al día en ochenta mundos (1967) and Ultimo round (1969), the variety of styles and interests they exhibit gives the reader an indication of the range of Cortázar’s work over his long career. Here, one can find a formal, critical tribute to the Cuban novelist José Lezama Lima alongside a compelling recollection of a Louis Armstrong jazz concert in Paris. A horrific remembrance of a visit to the Howrah Railroad Station in Calcutta appears in the same volume as descriptions of the antics of...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1987)
Booklist. LXXXII, February 15, 1986, p. 845.
The Kenyon Review. LIV, March 15, 1986, p. 407.
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The New York Times Book Review. XCI, May 4, 1986, p. 9.
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