Julio Cortázar


    Today Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Google Mexico and Google Argentina displayed the Julio Cortázar doodle on their homepages. This is a tribute to the life and legacy of Julio Cortázar. Julio Cortázar was an Argentinian Author, Novelist and Short Story writer. He was born on August 26, 1914 in Ixelles, Belgium and passed away on 12 February 1984 at the age of 69 in Paris France.


    Julio Cortázar had dual citizenship for both Argentina and France and it is interesting to know that Google have chosen not to display the Julio Cortázar Google Doodle in France today.

    Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blowup (1966) was inspired by Julio Cortázar story “Las babas del diablo,” which in turn was based on a photograph taken by Chilean photographer Sergio Larraín during a shoot outside of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    Julio Cortázar story “La autopista del sur” (“The Southern Thruway”) influenced another film of the 1960s, Jean-Luc Godard’s Week End (1967).

    The filmmaker Manuel Antín has directed three films based on Julio Cortázar stories, Cartas de mamá, Circe, and Intimidad de los parques.

    Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño cited Julio Cortázar as a key influence on his novel The Savage Detectives: “To say that I’m permanently indebted to the work of Borges and Julio Cortázar is obvious.”

    Puerto Rican novelist Giannina Braschi used Julio Cortázar story “Las babas del diablo” as a springboard for the chapter called “Blow-up” in her bilingual novel Yo-Yo Boing! (1998), which features scenes with Julio Cortázar characters La Maga and Rocamadour.

    Julio Cortázar is mentioned and spoke highly of in Rabih Alameddine’s 1998 novel, Koolaids: The Art of War.

    In Buenos Aires, a school, a public library, and a square in the Palermo neighborhood carry Julio Cortázar name.

    He died in Paris in 1984 and is interred in the Cimetière de Montparnasse. The cause of his death was reported to be leukemia though some sources state that he died from AIDS as a result of receiving a blood transfusion.

    Our Source Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Cort%C3%A1zar have lots more information about Julio Cortázar as well as a complete list of the Books Julio Cortázar have authored and is well worth a read!