Literature Class, Berkeley 1980 by Julio CortazarLiterature Class, Berkeley 1980 by Julio Cortazar

Literature Class, Berkeley 1980

byJulio CortazarTranslated byKatherine Silver

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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“I want you to know that I’m not a critic or theorist, which means that in my work I look for solutions as problems arise.” So begins the first of eight classes that the great Argentine writer Julio Cortázar delivered at UC Berkeley in 1980. These “classes” are as much reflections on Cortázar’s own writing career as they are about literature and the historical moment in which he lived. Covering such topics as “the writer’s path” (“while my aesthetic world view made me admire writers like Borges, I was able to open my eyes to the language of street slang, lunfardo…”) and “the fantastic” (“unbeknownst to me, the fantastic had become as acceptable, as possible and real, as the fact of eating soup at eight o’clock in the evening”), Literature Class provides the warm and personal experience of sitting in a room with the great author. As Joaquin Marco stated in El Cultural, “exploring this course is to dive into Cortázar designing his own creations.… Essential for anyone reading or studying Cortázar, cronopio or not!”
Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), Argentine novelist, poet, essayist, and short-story writer, was born in Brussels, and moved permanently to France in 1951. Cortazar is now recognized as one of the century's major experimental writers, reflecting the influence of French surrealism, psychoanalysis, and his love of both photography and jazz, a...
Title:Literature Class, Berkeley 1980Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811225348

ISBN - 13:9780811225342


Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! this book provides an amazing view into the brain of one of the absolute greatest writers of the 20th century. invaluable.
Date published: 2017-04-10

Editorial Reviews

One of those books that radically shifted my thinking about the possibilities of narrative. — Christopher Higgs (Big Other)Literature Class is a serious boon for Julio Cortázar fans. Delivered at the end of his life while visiting UC Berkeley, these eight lectures offer fresh insights into the mind of one of the 20th Century’s most vital writers. — Jeff Jackson (Fanzine)The consequent lectures—originally delivered in Spanish and translated adeptly by Katherine Silver—are erudite, intimate, charmingly fragmented, and anecdotal, covering a range of topics, from “Eroticism and Literature” to “The Realistic Short Story.” — Dustin Illingworth (The Atlantic)Based on the words spoken by Cortázar and his students, the class that he taught appears to be an interesting hybrid of Cortázar as tour guide of his body of work, and as mentor into the broader lessons about the qualities of fiction that resonated most with him. — The Culture TripA first-class literary imagination. — The New York TimesAs Cortázar stresses throughout his talks, writing is rarely a pursuit of answers but, rather, about investigation—of the self, of one’s work, and of the world at large. The goal of the novel, Cortázar says, is to harmonize its formal and literal questions into a central, destabilizing quandary: 'Why are things like they are and not otherwise? — The New Yorker[T]he lectures, at times, do feel cobbled together—but in the best way, in the way of art that thrives in complexity and contradiction. They are made from pieces of Cortázar’s life, his writing, his experiences as a young writer in Argentina and an as exile in Paris, his deep engagement with literature and cinema and politics, and they show the mind of a writer at work, asking questions and unearthing new possibilities. — John Flynn-York (The Rumpus)He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him. — Gabriel García MárquezAnyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. — Pablo Neruda