End of the Game is a book that contains 18 short stories written by the Franco-Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, and first published in 1956. This collection of stories is part of the well known Magic Realism.
End of the Game included in the first edition nine stories, and in the second, were added nine others, including “Continuidad de los parques“, the shortest story in the text, whose narrative requires no more words: grabs you from the first lines and invites you to fully immerse yourself in it. Fiction and reality intertwine in a story perfectly circular, that has become the most discussed in the universal literature.
“Continuidad de los parques“ contains three reading contexts: the first is where the reader is immersed, the second is where the real reader reads at the beginning of the story, and the third one in which happens the novel that is reading the character in the story. This is what makes the story so interesting because it is a clear example of what is called mise en abyme, phrase referring to a story within another.
The story talks about a man who returns to his farm, caring some issues with his butler and then sits on a green velvet chair, his favorite, his back to the door to read a novel that is about to end up. This novel is about a pair of lovers who are in a cabin for planning to assassinate someone; as they do, they speak about possible errors to try not to make them. Then, they leave the cabin and everything is exactly fulfilled as originally established.
First a blue room, a carpeted stairway, two doors and once he enters the last room with the knife in his hand, sees a man sitting in a green velvet chair; this is the moment when we realize who is the victim.
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