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We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales (1980) [Collection]
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Entering—in these ten stories—the mysterious, passionate, and apocalyptic world of Julio Cortázar, we are made suddenly and sometimes terrifyingly aware of the unexploded mines beneath the surface of our conscious lives. In the title story a group of fans of the legendary movie star Glenda Carson meet at showings of her films and eventually become an informal cadre of the fanatically devoted. ('There was nothing of a club about it, we simply loved Glenda Carson, and that was enough to set us apart from those who only admired her.') Gradually, hesitantly at first, they dare to acknowledge to one another that they find some of the scenes in some of her films somewhat less than perfect. So they devise an audacious plan to get hold of and re-edit every print of every film she ever made. 'We had problems with The Uses of Elegance because people in the oil-producing emirates owned copies for their personal enjoyment and extraordinary maneuvers and procedures were necessary in order to steal them (there's no reason to use any other word).... ' But finally it's done, and nothing can mar the Carson oeuvre... until she announces unexpectedly that she is going to come out of retirement and make another film. Then, together the group decides what they must do. 'We loved Glenda so much that we would offer her one last inviolable perfection. On the untouchable heights to which we had raised her in exaltation, we would save her from the fall...' In 'Clone' a modern madrigal group-subtle, sophisticated, gifted men and women-touring Latin America performing the works of the Renaissance composer Cesualdo find themselves re-enacting scenes from his life: his wife's infidelities and his own abrupt and tragic response....And in story after story a violent and unsettling suspense prevails as intense emotional conflict erupts from cerebral, intellectual play. Locales range from the Buenos Aires subway to a luxurious resort hotel on Martinique; the characters from an English college girl on a bicycling tour of the Dordogne to a black cat named Osiris, whom the narrator suspects of alienating his wife's affection; and the ostensible subjects from the varieties of political oppression in Argentina to the suspicions of a young mother that the man paying court to her maid is really her own betrayed lover seeking revenge. But whatever the text of a story, the subtext always bears the disturbing signature of the writer who has been called 'a spy in the dense and elusive world of words.'


  • Orientation of Cats
  • We Love Glenda So Much
  • Story with Spiders
  • Graffiti
  • Clone
  • Return-Trip Tango
  • Press Clippings
  • Text in a Notebook
  • Stories I Tell Myself
  • Moebius Strip

Original title: Queremos tanto a Glenda y otros relatos
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Graffiti (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Julio Cortázar

Edition #1: We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales

We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales (1983)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation
Translated by: Gregory Rabassa
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Manifested in:

We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales (March 12, 1983)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780394524931
Pages: 145

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