Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
(Pantheon Modern Writers Series)

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Hopscotch, however, which is almost twice as long, which has no narrative action whatsoever, no characters-- only voices, very articulate voices to be sure, may prompt more irritation than admiration. It is the perfect example of the anti-novel.
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Translated by Gregory Rabassa, winner of the National Book Award for Translation, 1967

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.
 

About Julio Cortazar

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JULIO CORTAZAR was born in 1914 in Belgium to Argentinean parents, grew up in Buenos Aires, and moved to Paris in 1951. An acclaimed and influential novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright, and essayist, he was also a human rights advocate and amateur jazz musician. He died in Paris in 1984.
 
Published August 5, 2014 by Pantheon. 578 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 11 2008

Hopscotch, however, which is almost twice as long, which has no narrative action whatsoever, no characters-- only voices, very articulate voices to be sure, may prompt more irritation than admiration. It is the perfect example of the anti-novel.

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Reviewed by The Guardian on Feb 21 2009

You will laugh, you will cry, you will get angry, but ultimately you will fall in love with the prose of an author who will surprise you at every corner, and who always wins the game.

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