Julio Cortàzar – Blow-Up and Other Stories

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A homage to Bird

Narrated by biographer Bruno’s cynical point of view, The Pursuer is a story about the tormented genius of Johnny Carter, aka Charlie Parker, the jazz musician who made New York fall in love shortly after World War II. Julio Cortàzar masterfully orchestrates Johnny’s dialogues, a source of madness, poetry and a sort of primitivism which turns the musician’s thoughts into pure intuition, without ever reaching a full understanding.
However, some pages show too much of music critics and, despite Cortàzar portrays us an artist image from a considerably unusual perspective, sometimes it lacks captivation.
An undoubtedly heartfelt homage. And a must for jazz lovers.

Translation by Barbara Pellegrini (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)