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Tutti i fuochi il fuoco

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  4,989 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
"Tutti i fuochi il fuoco" raccoglie alcuni racconti esemplari dell'arte di Julio Cortázar, l'autore che apre nuove vie nel genere in cui è un riconosciuto maestro e sgrana le sue amatissime ossessioni: il tema del doppio, la discontinuità fra spazio e tempo, l'irrazionale come alternativa al quotidiano.
Paperback, 149 pages
Published 2005 by Einaudi (first published 1966)
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Jim Fonseca
Eight stories with a touch of magical realism, like his countryman Borges. Cortazar was born in Argentina, but like so many other Latin American authors, left for Paris in his late thirties and died there in 1984.

In the title story, two stories are juxtaposed: scenes of a Roman gladiator fighting for his life in an arena with modern scenes from a man on the phone with his wife, girlfriend at his side. Both stories end in conflagrations.

Another story starts with a week-long traffic jam in Paris.
Dec 20, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-contos, e5, n-belgica
Alguns destes contos são do melhor que já li de Julio Cortázar (e não só...).
Não são fáceis de ler; exigiram-me muita concentração e, alguns (quase todos), releitura.
Os oitos contos, ordenados pela minha preferência (com a "bonecada" da praxe):

A Ilha ao Meio-Dia
Um comissário de bordo um dia, durante um voo, descobre uma ilha grega pela qual se apaixona. Em todos os voos Roma-Teerão, ao sobrevoá-la ao meio-dia, vai para a janela até a perder de vista. E começa a sonhar ir para lá; primeiro n
Luís C.
In the Pantheon of my favorite writers, Julio Cortázar. The surrealists had invented the wonderful daily phrase, Cortázar experienced it. Everything is always subtle in time and space, not to be completely foreign to us, but not totally familiar either, so as to give rise to a slight anguish. Like this bottleneck that lasts long enough for relations of power, sex, love or hatred to arise, and which disintegrates as incomprehensibly as it had formed.. Nothing is more worrying than the fabric of e ...more
Oct 13, 2008 Israel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocho cuentos conforman esta compilación de genialidad. Cada uno de estos hijos de Cortázar cuenta una historia distintiva a pesar de estar hechos con la misma pluma y letra.

"Autopista al sur", el primer cuento, es una larga analogía a la soledad, 5/5

"La salud de los enfermos" un surrealismo en silencio, el amor y la salud que se convierten en la verdadera enfermedad. 5/5

"Reunión" un relato de guerra, una de aquellas que condenan al cuerpo y la mente, la reunión entre esperanza y vida. 3/5

"La señ
Dec 01, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Otro de mis libros preferidos de cuentos de Don Julio. Mi favorito es "La señorita Cora", por la forma en que va cambiando el narrador de primera a tercera persona (¡a veces en la mísma línea!). También me gusta "La Autopista al Sur" porque demuestra cómo un hecho que no tiene resolución puede repercutir en forma tan disímil en las personas. Otro cuento genial es "La salud de los enfermos", por la trama de mentiras que crean lo comensales para prevenir a su madre de un disgusto.
Dec 21, 2015 Antonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Όλα τα διηγήματα της συλλογής είναι αριστουργηματικά τόσο από άποψη τεχνικής, όσο και από την άποψη του περιεχομένου. Γιατί δεν μου είχατε πει πόσο καλός είναι ο Κορτάσαρ νωρίτερα;;;
Nov 26, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read several recent reviews on this book and was encouraged to read this small collection of eight stories. Published in 1966, some stories are written in a very experimental style (Instructiones para John Howell and Todos los fuegos el fuego). I have read his classic Rayuela, a very experimental book and loved it. I have to admit when Cortázar uses this technique in a short story, it can get confusing fast so one needs to pay attention, or in my case read a passage to figure things out.

El Día del Libro asistí a un taller en el que el escritor argentino Marcelo Luján analizó el cuento «La salud de los enfermos», que pertenece al volumen Todos los fuegos el fuego. El desenlace de ese relato escenifica cómo una mentira prolongada en el tiempo puede volverse contra quienes la perpetuaron. Marcelo comentó que el lenguaje que emplea Cortázar (hay que tener en cuenta que su producción cuentística se concentra entre las décadas de 1950-1960) ya no se estila en Argentina y se percibe c ...more
May 14, 2016 Panos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Αν και η γραφή του Cortázar είναι σε γενικές γραμμές ενδιαφέρουσα και κάποια από τα διηγήματα αυτού του τόμου εξαιρετικά ("Η δεσποινίς Κόρα", "Οδηγίες στον Τζον Χάγουελ", και κορυφαίο κατ' εμέ "Το νησί του μεσημεριού") έπιασα σε μερικά σημεία τον εαυτό μου να κρυφοκοιτάζει πόσες σελίδες απέμεναν μέχρι το τέλος κάποιων διηγημάτων. Μάλλον το ύφος της γραφής του δεν μου ταιριάζει τόσο.
Aug 30, 2012 Darryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories was originally published in 1966 in Spanish, translated into English in 1973, and re-released by Marion Boyers Publishers (UK) in 2005; I picked it up at the London Review Bookshop this summer.

If I had only read the first two short stories, "The Southern Thruway" and "The Health of the Sick", I would have given this book 5 stars. The first story is about a horrific traffic jam on a major road bringing travelers back to Paris, where motorists are essentially motio
Inderjit Sanghera
Reading Julio Cortazar brings back an internal debate I was having with myself after I attended a book group in which we discussed “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. Most the attendees were dismissive of the novel due to (what they felt) was an incoherent plot structure and unrealistic events within the novel, which led me to ponder the difference between naturalistic and linear Anglo-Saxon narrative techniques and the fantastical nature of Latin American nature, in which the authors instead of te ...more
Phyllis Eisenstadt
Excellent short stories. My favorite was "La Isla a mediodia." Cortazar certainly has a way with words, and he spins the most memorable tales that are more than merely short stories; they are paintings with words. I first read his short stories in college, so these are rereads for me, and enjoyed just as much the second time around. They are never to be forgotten.
Nate D
Aug 01, 2016 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cortazar created a certain kind of storytelling in the work collected in Blow-Up and Other Stories, a kind of moebius strip construction that flips over and loops back without slowing. Here, he seems consciously to keep pushing his forms forward, defying the expectations he has laid out for himself and pushing in new directions, or else cutting back to avoid the expected twist by some more subtle maneuver. The results vary in success, making this a bit more uneven as a collection, but never for ...more
Jordi Via
Dec 20, 2016 Jordi Via rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seguro que en algún momento volveré a leer más de uno de estos cuentos.
Instrucciones para John Howel, un relato que se repite una y otra vez en mi cabeza.
Glenn Russell
Apr 19, 2016 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Julio Cortázar and his cat. Photo probably taken in the early 1960s when Julio was living in Paris.

An outstanding collection of eight short stories by one of the giants of 20th century literature – Argentina’s Julio Cortázar. In their own way, each story is a gem, with such titles as “Health of the Sick,” “The Southern Thruway” and the title piece, “All Fires the Fire.” Below is my write-up of one of the stories that really hit home for me. Spoiler alert: my analysis is of the entire story, beg
Nov 25, 2009 Maureen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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i like cortazar's facility with language, and inevitably, as with any latin literature, it resonates with my own understanding of how families operate and cultural proclivities. and yet, for the most part these stories did not move me. there are a few that i admired very much, most of all, the island at noon, the most simply told of the stories, of a male flight attendant who happens to glance out with the window, and espy a small island which he comes to see as the focus of his life. he calls i ...more
Melissa Veras
La autopista del sur: 4.5/5
La Salud de los Enfermos: 5/5
Reunión: 2/5
La señorita Corta: 2.5/5
La isla a mediodía: 3/5
Instrucciones para John Howell: 2/5
Todos los fuegos el fuego: 2/5
El otro cielo: 2/5

2.6 estrellas redondeado a 3.

Este libro en general fue una decepción porque los primeros dos cuentos fueron excelentes y después puff :(
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cortazar tenía una imaginación privilegiada. ¿Cómo se le han podido ocurrir todas esas cosas? Es un verdadero placer leerlo; como visitar una casa gigantesca y tener derecho a revisar en todos los cajones.
Nov 04, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mi primera incursión en el universo de Cortázar no podría haber sido más satisfactoria. "Todos los fuegos el fuego" es un excelente recopilatorio de cuentos sobre las relaciones humanas, ya sea a nivel de sociedad (como en la "Autopista del sur"), entre los individuos de una familia ("La salud de los enfermos"), entre parejas o triángulos ("Todos los fuegos el fuego") o con uno mismo ("El otro cielo"). Entre otras muchas cosas, claro. Si tengo que destacar dos relatos por encima de los demás (au ...more
May 03, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consciente de que mis gustos cambiarán con los años, hoy en día me refiero a Cortázar como mi escritor favorito, a pesar de no ser una lectora habitual de cuentos cortos. Tal predilección influencia mi percepción de sus obras en extremo y dificulta presentar una reseña objetiva, pero no miento si digo que es ésta la mejor colección de cuentos que he leído hasta el momento, y la que recomendaría sin dudarlo a quien quisiera leer algo que ilustrara perfectamente el estilo del autor.

Como en cualqu
This was good. Cortazar is deceptively difficult. His sentences are sometimes filled with comma splices, it makes it really hard to read and to follow his train of thought. But he doesn't do it in all the stories. And sometimes his stories are really boring, but I never feel like they are outright bad. He's always trying to figure something out in these stories.

Southern Thruway: apocolyptic traffic jam, interesting idea, kind of boring to actually read though 2/5

Health of the Sick: very good, at
Jun 25, 2013 Cully rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps because I read a few amazingly written books before this one, I wasn't very impressed with Cortazar's writing as a whole. Though, he does have his moments. But, that's not why you should read him. There is a depth in his expression that I've never encountered in any other stories. He chooses some fundamental human experiences to explore (fear, love, obsession, jealousy, etc.), and uses some unique and creative methods that may appear at first to be frivolous, but turn out giving the sens ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In general, I am not overly fond of short stories. But there are some writers, such as Julio Cortázar who make the experience of reading their stories a memorable one. He will do strange things, such as shift the point of view within a paragraph -- even within a sentence such as in the title story, "All Fires the Fire" and in "Nurse Cora." His story "Southern Thruway" tells of a massive traffic jam lasting days, during which time couples make love, people die, and drivers scrounge for food and w ...more
Jul 18, 2016 AdN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Todos los fuegos, el fuego. El título solo lo dice todo. El cuento que más me encantó fue "La señorita Cora", qué personajes, qué manera de narrar, qué final de cuento.
Creo que la fama de Julio Cortázar por Rayuela es injusta, este señor es excelente cuentista. Recomiendo mucho este libro de cuentos, que en medio de muchas pasiones siempre es una la que prevalece, la pasión interior.

PD: la razón de cuatro estrellas es porque admito que me fastidia un poco el lazo (casi forzado) con la cultura
Aug 04, 2014 Selene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
El primer libro de Julio Cortázar que leo, definitivamente no fue mi favorito. En el libro se narran 8 historias, de las cuales sólo dos me gustaron (la salud de los enfermos y la señorita Cora).
Las otras historias se me hicieron demasiado complicadas para leer y entender, ya que fueron muy descriptivas. Además en algunas historias, se relataban más de una historia, lo cual te hace perder el enfoque de la historia principal, y ese tipo de historias no son mis favoritas.

Martin Hernandez
Todos los fuegos, el fuego posiblemente sea el mejor libro de relatos de Cortázar. Cualquiera de los ocho cuentos que lo integran -y sobre todos ellos La isla a mediodía y La salud de los enfermos- podrían figurar en la más exigente antología de relatos de la literatura contemporánea. La tensión entre lo irracional y lo cotidiano, el tema del doble, la distorsión del espacio y el tiempo están presentes aquí en su expresión más definitiva.
Apr 11, 2016 Pablo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Me gustó un poco más que Bestiario, creo que por fin pude disfrutar de forma absoluta leer un libro de Cortazar, ¿será por qué lo leía conjuntamente con El Aleph?
A diferencia de otros cuentos donde uno espera un final sorprendente y alucinante como guinda de la torta, acá es el desarrollo del relato que está narrado de una manera tan amena que no es necesario un desenlace impactante para disfrutarlos. Tuve una sensación parecida cuando leí 2666 de Bolaño.
Agustín Fest
Los cuentos de Cortázar siempre son un refugio, un agradable retorno a situaciones angustiantes. (Sí, creo que esa es la palabra, no sólo está el asombro o la maravilla en encontrar lo fantástico dentro de lo cotidiano, o de estirar las situaciones hasta convertirlas en un mundo discordante: ajeno y propio, la angustia de las posibilidades. Eso fue lo que exploré, lo que pensaba, en esta relectura del libro).
George Georgiadis
May 15, 2015 George Georgiadis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Η καθηλωτική γραφή του Κορτάσαρ δεν αφήνει αμφιβολίες: ο μαθητής μπορεί να μην ξεπερνάει τον δάσκαλο Μπόρχες, σίγουρα όμως φτάνει σε ένα τέτοιο επίπεδο ώστε να τον κοιτάξει στα μάτια ως ίσος προς ίσο.
Jonathan Norton
Some interesting ideas, with affinities to Camus in theme, and stylistically with Sartre. Unfortunately the writing tends toward hard-to-digest blocks that left me unengaged. Not much similarity with Borges except in nationality.
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Julio Cortázar, born Julio Florencio Cortázar Descotte, was an Argentine author of novels and short stories. He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in 1951.
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