|Hopscotch (1963) [Novel]|
by Julio Cortázar
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(From the publisher):
Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch
is the dazzling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.
"Table of instructions"
In its own way, this book consists of many books, but two books above all.
The first can be read in a normal fashion and it ends with Chapter 56, at the close of which there are three garish little stars which stand for the words The End. Consequently, the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience.
The second should be read by beginning with Chapter 73 and then following the sequence indicated at the end of each chapter. Each chapter has its number at the top of every right-hand page to facilitate the search.
Original title: Rayuela
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Post-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental