“We went around without looking for each other, but knowing we went around to find each other.”
Hopscotch, Julio Cortazar
The discovery of Cortázar’s work constitute a memorable episode for any reader. The vision of literature will never be the same after reading Hopscotch (1963), the anti-novel, book of literary postmodernism, the fable of dislocated chapters and labyrinthine paths that lead the reader through the streets of Paris and the neighborhoods from Buenos Aires, for the golden years of jazz and the Maga’s mouth, perhaps the most famous female character in Latin American literature. Cortázar, the great storyteller and tightrope of the word that was never tired of playing with language, as a rubber band in his hands. The artifices of the Argentine, born in Brussels on August 26, 1914 and died in Paris in 1984, range from the cleavage of a novel in a narrative accordion with a guide for the reader to read as he pleases, to several volumes of short stories where is shown a great side of his literature, to who did not spare a word and combines narrative effectiveness with an extraordinary understanding of literary symbolism, author of “House Taken Over”, “The southern Motorway”, “Continuity of Parks” and other basic stories that have not only gone down in history as one of the best stories ever written, but have prompted several readers to become writers.