Ahora soy un axolotl. Es que no nos gusta movernos mucho, y el acuario es tan mezquino; apenas avanzamos un poco nos damos con la cola o la cabeza de otro de nosotros; surgen dificultades, peleas, fatiga. El tiempo se siente menos si nos estamos quietos. Fue su quietud la que me hizo inclinarme fascinado la primera vez que vi a los axolotl. Sus ojos sobre todo me obsesionaban. Al lado de ellos en los restantes acuarios, diversos peces me mostraban la simple estupidez de sus hermosos ojos semejantes a los nuestros.

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Start your review of Axolotl. Jan 02, Skylar Phelps rated it it was amazing. I loved this short. It was fabulous. View 1 comment. Apr 24, Lexie rated it really liked it Shelves: magical-realism , short-stories. I want to start by proclaiming my love for Axolotls. Look at this little guy with his little face.

I've got to be honest, though. After reading this short story, I'm a little scared of them. Just don't stare at one too long, and everything will be fine. This was a strange little story, but unexpectedly haunting. I have a feeling it will stay with me for a while. Dec 10, Glire rated it liked it Shelves: latinoamerica , short-stories , argentina.

Nov 13, Huda rated it liked it. Found this short story after gaining an unhealthy obsession with axolotls. The irony. This read like the slow waters of the bottom of the tank, home to the axolotls in a confined, fluid manner.

Especially loved the ending. View 2 comments. Cortazar e un tip fantastic. Un cronop de prima clasa. Si asta si e - cuvintele sunt ceva relativ, sunt concepte al caror singur rol e sa ne faca viata mai comoda.

Caci nu exista nicaieri o regula batuta in cuie, o axioma, ca masa e masa si nu se poate numi alfel decat masa. Axolotul mi s-a parut mai mult Cortazar e un tip fantastic. Axolotul mi s-a parut mai mult o poveste de groaza. Distrugerea rutinii este o tema principala la Cortazar.

Lumea cronopilor, a gloriilor si a sperantelor este creata genial, vizualizarea este perfecta. View all 6 comments. Nov 19, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , latin-american. I really, really want to read his longer works now. May 24, Nicolas Ortenzi rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars , classics , short-stories , fantasy.

I just looked up what an axolotl looks like and now I understand. Sep 15, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: from-dhs , short-stories. It was this short story that inspired me to write a research paper on the axolotl for my endangered species requirement. They are fascinating creatures and more of an effort should be made to preserve their natural habitats! Jun 25, Alberto Loredo rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Feb 25, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: adult. A great creepy short story.

I remembered reading this in High School, but thought it was a poem and I couldn't remember enough details to find it. This story haunted me for years, until someone finally sleuthed it out for me. Aug 01, Piedra Libro rated it it was amazing. Cada vez que lo leo me parece excelente la forma en que uno mismo cambia para siempre. Y amo a los axolotes. Sep 12, Camila rated it it was amazing Shelves: buenas-lecturas.

Jan 02, Antonella Requena Ciccoloni rated it liked it Shelves: cuentos. Jul 14, Jeremy Morgan rated it really liked it. Nov 05, Jerry Jose rated it liked it. I should read more of this guy. Cool short. Jun 09, Lisa added it. This story made me absolutely terrified of axolotls. I never stare at one too closely. Mar 03, Daniela D'Amico rated it really liked it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. La realidad del narrador cambia cuando su punto de vista, su perspectiva, cambia. May 23, Kevin Mora rated it liked it. M-a miscat Axolotul si mi-au placut la nebunie povestirile din primele doua serii ale volumului, Manual de Instructiuni si Ocupatii Ciudate, in care Cortazar e ironic, jucaus, stralucit, ia in raspar snobismele, scortosenia si rutinele noastre de zi cu zi.

De la Material Plastic incolo a inceput sa ma piarda, pentru ca totul a devenit un exercitiu de stil, niste volute gratioase si foarte bine executate, dar lipsite de continut sau poate nu am putut sa il vad eu dincolo de stilistica.

La Poves M-a miscat Axolotul si mi-au placut la nebunie povestirile din primele doua serii ale volumului, Manual de Instructiuni si Ocupatii Ciudate, in care Cortazar e ironic, jucaus, stralucit, ia in raspar snobismele, scortosenia si rutinele noastre de zi cu zi. La Povestiri cu Cronopi si Glorii deja nu am mai avut rabdare. Asa ca nota este o medie intre un 4.

Dec 24, Juanita rated it liked it. Am I cheating for posting such a short story? But I did read it and made a presentation on it, so, I think it's fair game. I came back to Axolotl for my presentation because, from what I remembered from the first time reading it, I thought it was an amazing horror story.

However, I read it from a postcolonial approach, which gave so SO much more to unpack from those 7 or less pages. One of my favourite aspects is the sense of doom, of i Am I cheating for posting such a short story?

One of my favourite aspects is the sense of doom, of inevitability that keeps drawing the narrator to the axolotls, and eventually makes him mad. Feb 10, Charlotte Jones rated it liked it Shelves: around-the-world , translated , short-story.


Axolotl by Julio Cortázar, 1964

Why is the narrator obsessed with them and how does he finally turn into one? There are multiple responses to these questions, along with each individual interpretation based on internal explorations of the text. However, these interpretations are, academically and analytically, worth very little if they do not include external explorations as well. Therefore, to answer such questions specifically, readers must look to historical and cultural context. Bilingualism, in addition to poverty, made him see Europe as a continent of wealth, culture, and education Stavans By the time he published his first collection of stories, it was and the beginning of the Latin American literary boom. The narrator is also strange in this setting, a loner in a big, bustling urban city, interacting only with animals at the Jardin des Plantes.


The Jardin des Plantes is located near the Sorbonne in one of the oldest and most appealing neighborhoods of Paris, just along the Left Bank of the Seine. It is also subtlely unnerving in its combination of realistic and fantastic elements, especially as the joining of the two is virtually seamless. Scarcely 2, words in length, the story "Axolotl" collected in Final de juego is representative of magical realism, a South American style of fiction that introduces patently preposterous subjects and events in an offhand manner and then explores their natures in a closely detailed way. The title itself would be meaningful only to a marine biologist, and so the story's narrator takes time to look up the name in a library: "axolotls are the larval stage provided with gills of a species of salamander of the genus Ambystoma. Where in the city—"one spring morning when Paris was spreading its peacock tail after a wintry Lent"—can they be seen? In the aquarium at the Jardin des Plantes, where the narrator has begun his tale, advising that "there was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls," and revealing just two lines later in the story's first paragraph, "Now I am an axolotl. That the action begins "by chance" makes its tone all the more effective, for terror disarms best when presented as happenstance a feature of Poe's tales of the fantastic set in a Paris of a century and a half before.



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