Suzanne Jill Levine New York: The stories in All Fires The Fire are warm and the characters are treated with real tenderness.
They turn their attention from how to get out of the traffic jam to how to cope with it. It is while he is in this tripartite state that he is murdered by the old man and lies dead in the photograph staring at the sky as camera, boy and photographer are all rolled into one.
Twentieth century technology is reduced to a collection of metal boxes and radios that cease to convey any message relevant to their actual situation. What struck me about his traffic jam is that people are settled into pointless, trivial activities that contribute to the snarl rather than alleviate it.
And the characters we meet react predictably enough. Rather than liberating us, our technologically driven art forms cinema, photography, and rock and roll are finally numbing and paralysing us because they seem to require passivity of their audiences.
Now I think that "The Southern Thruway" spoke so powerfully to me because it spoke of things breaking down, and of the adjustments one is capable of making.
First published in Spanish, I believe that Antonioni reaches the same conclusion with his justly famous ending. Yet, somehow, the reader never loses track of who is speaking.
The second is to follow a key of numbers, corresponding to the chapter headings, which sends the reader jumping back and forth through the book. Like the characters in the story, I was in a situation whose enormity was unprecedented, a crisis whose severity seemed so complete as to veer, just at times, into the comic.
I gave in to the need to simply chronicle the experience of reading Julio as I lived my life. But of course the movie came out here one year after I had finished writing Libro de Manuel. He donated the royalties of some of his last books to the Sandinistas, and his work is the subversive act of a literary terrorist.
The metaphors of the river or highway of life and the medieval dance of death of which one is explicitly reminded by the sickle, symbol of death are ones of inexorable progression; once cars enter the thruway they must move along to their destinations.
As I read, I would begin to record the thoughts and feelings that this reading provoked. Our foolishness lies not in moving with the flow of traffic, but in identifying our joyful experience with the particular crisis of the traffic jam.
Still, the parallels are there. He would quietly become sadder, noticeably paler and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair.
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Get this from a library! All fires the fire, and other stories. [Julio Cortázar; Suzanne Jill Levine]. This collection of short stories was originally published in in Spanish, translated into English inand re-released by Marion Boyers Publishers (UK) in ; I picked it up at the London Review Bookshop this killarney10mile.com I had only read the first two short stories, "The Southern Thruway" and "The Health of the Sick", I would have given.
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translated by Suzanne Jill Levine. London: Marion Boyars. First published in Spanish,by Sudamericana, Buenos Aires. Discussion of themes and motifs in Julio Cortazar's The Southern Thruway.
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