La autopista del sur y otros cuentos

A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams...A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer's victim...

In the stories collected here—including Blow-Up, on which Antonioni based his film—Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible. This is the most brilliant and celebrated book of short stories by a master of the form.

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By Jaimie (Kernersville, NC) · ★★★★★ · November 12, 2007
You can't really go wrong with Cortazar. You really can't. ...more
By Beka (Tbilisi, Georgia) · ★★★☆☆ · October 10, 2014
როგორც მოთხრობების პირველი კრებულის წაკითხვის დროს, ამ წიგნშიც ზოგი მოთხრობა ძალიან მომეწონა და ზოგი ბოლომდე ვერც კი წავიკითხე, არ დამაინტერესა.
"კლასობანაა" ერთადერთი ლათინოამერიკული წიგნი, რომელიც მომეწონა და მიყვარს. ...more
By Rachel (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 15, 2010
Another one of those writers you probably either love or hate. I wouldn't claim to "get" all his stories, but the not-getting is the fun part. ...more
By Laura (Bucharest, 10, Romania) · ★★★★★ · February 19, 2014
one of the most emotionaly thrilling stuff. i m in love with him ...more
By Gillian (Bogotá, Colombia, Colombia) · ★★★★★ · June 11, 2014
Una colección excelente que muestra la amplitud de la carrera de Cortázar, con cuentos recopilados de cada etapa de la larga trayectoria del autor.

Y, aunque no hace falta decirlo, Cortázar es una chimba. ...more
By Daniel (Philadelphia, PA, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 27, 2009
Or, as "read" as I think it will ever be.

So far my favorite stories are "Final del juego" and "Los venenos." The first is about three girls that pose as statues for passing trains and the second tackles ant fumigation and young love.

As of September 2009 I have given up on finishing this. I got ti... ...more
By Cris (Springfield Gardens, NY) · ★★★★☆ · November 07, 2014
Cortazar is probably the most subtle Spanish-language writer, I've ever read. Akin to James' The Beast in the Jungle, are these narratives in this collection of stories. Wonderful, poetic language reminds me of Cuentos de Barro, but without being pretentious.
Hacia tiempo que no leía alguien tan... ...more
By Paola (Ardmore, PA) · ★★★★★ · May 28, 2009
Cortazar is one of my favorite authors. The title story La autopista del sur is an amazing piece of fiction. But everything he writes is interesting and thought provoking. I read almost all of Cortazar in a Spanish seminar with one of the best professors I've ever had. It is the kind of literatur... ...more
By Emma (New York, NY) · June 21, 2012
Currently reading: "La noche boca arriba" ("The Night Face Up")

I've read this story in English, and thought it was fantastic. I found the Spanish version being handed to me yesterday. This is much harder. I have to stop every third sentence and ask what something means. ...more
By Bogdan (Bucharest, Romania) · ★★★★☆ · April 02, 2013
Interesting stories, most with a odd twist somewhere. I would have liked them even more if I could understand a clear message for each and every one of them. After some, I was surprised myself to say "Ok, interesting, but what about it? Why did Julio wrote this?" ...more