"Casa Tomada," or "House Taken Over," is a short story written by Argentine writer Julio Cortazar. It was first published in 1946 in the literary magazine, Los anales de Buenos Aires, which was edited by seminal Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges at the time. It is one of Cortazar’s most well-known stories.
"Casa Tomada" centers on two siblings who live together in their ancestral home: the narrator (unnamed) and Irene. The two, both in their early-forties, live in solitude—their existence is marked by domesticity and mundane routines such as doing chores, knitting, and collecting literature. The conflict arrives, however, when their quiet solitude is disturbed by an invasive noise coming from some part of the house. The two are then forced to retreat into smaller and smaller sections of the house as strange noises continue to harass them. Finally, the story ends with the siblings fleeing their estate, with the narrator tossing its front keys into a sewer.
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