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Hopscotch (1963) [Novel]
by Julio Cortázar Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (8 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (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
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

Edition #1: Hopscotch

Hopscotch (1975)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation
Translated by: Gregory Rabassa
  • "Cortázar's masterpiece...the first great novel of Spanish America." Times Literary Supplement
  • "The most magnificent novel I have ever read, and one to which I return again and again." C.D.B. Bryan, New York Times Book Review
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Hopscotch (February 12, 1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780394752846
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 1.2
Pages: 576

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Hopscotch (August 1984)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780380003723
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 1.0
Pages: 573

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