All Fires the Fire (Paperback)

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I just spent a guilt-free rainy day with these high calorific, double-stuffed short stories.  Located within: A traffic jam turned tribal via survival, some playful narrator juggling, an escapist daydream that  O. Henrys into an R. Serling nightmare, and fiery relationships that literally burn to literal litter.  Looking forward to more rain.

— From Ian McCord


“One of the most adventurous and rewarding collections since the publication of Cortázar’s own Blow-up.” —Los Angeles Times

A traffic jam outside Paris lasts for weeks. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro meet on a mountaintop during the Cuban Revolution. A flight attendant becomes obsessed with a small Greek island, resulting in a surreal encounter with death. In All Fires the Fire, Julio Cortázar (author of Hopscotch and the short story “Blow-Up” ) creates his own mindscapes beyond space and time, where lives intersect for brief moments and situations break and refract. All Fires the Fire contains some of Julio Cortázar’s most beloved stories. It is a classic collection by “one of the world’s great writers” (Washington Post).

About the Author

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, along with his strong commitment to revolutionary Latin American politics.

Suzanne Jill Levine is a leading translator of Latin American literature, and professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she directs a Translation Studies doctoral program.

Praise For…

"In this playful and scintillating set of fabulist tales by Argentine master Cortázar, characters are shuffled through shifting realities. Cortázar fans will devour these affecting stories." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
— Publishers Weekly

The noted Argentinian author’s incomparable elegance shines through these eight stories.
— Publishers Weekly

He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him.
— Gabriel García Márquez

Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed.
— Pablo Neruda

I’m permanently indebted to the work of Cortázar.
— Roberto Bolaño
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811229456
ISBN-10: 0811229459
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
Pages: 160
Language: English