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Julio Cortázar

Datum narození: 26. srpen 1914
Datum úmrtí: 12. únor 1984

Julio Cortázar byl prozaik, básník, dramatik, esejista, novinář a překladatel argentinského původu. Cortázar je spolu s Borgesem a Casaresem považován za tvůrce nové podoby laplatské fantastické povídky. Svoji první knihu, sbírku sonetů Presencia , vydal pod pseudonymem Julio Denis.

„Sí Babs sí. Rock-a-bye baby. Tura-lura-lura. Sí Babs sí.“ Rayuela

„Chodili jsme po ulicích a nehledali jsme jeden druhého, věděli jsme však, že to děláme proto, abychom se sešli.“ Nebe, peklo, ráj

„Člověk by musel žít úplně nesmyslně, aby tu nekonečnou nesmyslnost nakonec prolomil.“ Nebe, peklo, ráj

„Svět je obraz, který je třeba přečíst. Slovem přečíst rozumějme přivést jej na svět.“ Nebe, peklo, ráj

„Come sleep with me: We won't make Love, Love will make us.“

„Lo que mucha gente llama amar consiste en elegir una mujer y casarse con ella. La eligen, te lo juro, los he visto. Como si se pudiera elegir en el amor, como si no fuera un rayo que te parte los huesos y te deja estaqueado en la mitad del patio. Vos dirás que la eligen porque-la-aman, yo creo que es al vesre. A Beatriz no se la elige, a Julieta no se la elige. Vos no elegís la lluvia que te va a calar hasta los huesos cuando salís de un concierto.“ Rayuela

„In quoting others, we cite ourselves.“ Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

„She would smile and show no surprise, convinced as she was, the same as I, that casual meetings are apt to be just the opposite, and that people who make dates are the same kind who need lines on their writing paper, or who always squeeze up from the bottom on a tube of toothpaste.“ Hopscotch

„I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.“ Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

„Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.“ Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

„Creo que no te quiero, que solamente quiero la imposibilidad tan obvia de quererte. Como el guante izquierdo enamorado de la mano derecha.“ Save Twilight: Selected Poems

„Y debo decir que confío plenamente en la casualidad de haberte conocido. Que nunca intentaré olvidarte, y que si lo hiciera, no lo conseguiría. Que me encanta mirarte y que te hago mío con solo verte de lejos. Que adoro tus lunares y tu pecho me parece el paraíso. Que no fuiste el amor de mi vida, ni de mis días, ni de mi momento. Pero que te quise, y que te quiero, aunque estemos destinados a no ser.“

„..."Y mirá que apenas nos conocíamos y ya la vida urdía lo necesario para desencontrarnos minuciosamente. Como no sabías disimular me di cuenta en seguida de que para verte como yo quería era necesario empezar por cerrar los ojos"...“ Rayuela: een hinkelspel

„You look at me, you look at me closely, each time closer and then we play cyclops, we look at each other closer each time and our eyes grow, they grow closer, they overlap and the cyclops look at each other, breathing confusion, their mouths find each other and fight warmly, biting with their lips, resting their tongues lightly on their teeth, playing in their caverns where the heavy air comes and goes with the scent of an old perfume and silence. Then my hands want to hide in your hair, slowly stroke the depth of your hair while we kiss with mouths full of flowers or fish, of living movements, of dark fragrance. And if we bite each other, the pain is sweet, and if we drown in a short and terrible surge of breath, that instant death is beauty. And there is a single saliva and a single flavour of ripe fruit, and I can feel you shiver against me like a moon on the water.“

„What most people call loving consists of picking out a woman and marrying her. They pick her out, I swear, I’ve seen them. As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. They probably say that they pick her out because-they-love-her, I think it’s just the siteoppo. Beatrice wasn’t picked out, Juliet wasn’t picked out. You don’t pick out the rain that soaks you to a skin when you come out of a concert.“

„All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.“ Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

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