Friday, January 08, 2010

"Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed"

Pablo Neruda, who has even inspired a Sixpence None the Richer song, wrote this back cover blurb for Cortázar’s All Fires the Fire. Alan Nelson calls it " the best blurb I have ever read":

Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder, noticeably paler and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair. I don’t want those things to happen to me, and so I greedily devour all the fabrications, myths, contradictions, and mortal games of the great Julio Cortázar.

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