Julio Cortázar Long Fiction Analysis
Julio Cortázar’s first novel, The Winners, tells the story of a voyage aboard a rather sinister ship. This mystery cruise—the ship’s destination is never revealed—is a prize awarded to the winners of a lottery, a heterogeneous group of Argentines who, as the novel begins, are gathered at the London Café in Buenos Aires. The group represents a cross section of the Argentine class structure, suggestive of the novel’s implicit sociopolitical critique. From the café, the winners are transported by bus to the ship, under a shroud of secrecy. The café is taken over by the Office of Municipal Affairs, arrangers of the lottery, and all but the winners are required to leave the premises....
(The entire section is 3104 words.)