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Autonauci z kosmostrady

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Wiosną 1982 roku Julio Cortazar i jego żona Carol Dunlop wyruszyli samochodem w podróż z Paryża do Marsylii francuską Autostradą Południową. Spędzili na niej ponad miesiąc. Książka ta składa się z opisów, zdjęć, rysunków, notatek, listów, mapek, fotokopii biletów i innych pamiątek z podróży.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published 1999 by Muza (first published 1983)
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oriana
This is another book that makes me want to go back through and knock down all my five-star ratings, so it can be in a class all its own. Honestly and truly one of the most astonishingly beautiful things I've ever read.

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is a memoir of sorts. Cortázar (the most devastatingly brilliant author of modern times, if you didn't know) and his wife Carol decide to spend thirty-odd days living on the highway connecting Paris to Marseille (for a local reference, it seems rather
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trivialchemy
When I was about 14, or between that age and 17, I used to carry around a green pocket folder filled with railway maps of the United States. Also included in my green folder were essays, lists, and advice by wannabe-Beat-poet types (God help them) on the subject of train-hopping. This was my obsession. I had every intent to head out to the train yard in central Austin one day with a knapsack full of the essentials -- a warm jacket, a sewing kit, some beef jerky, a couple of dollars -- and swing ...more
David Katzman
Feb 08, 2014 David Katzman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: oriana
What a wonderful book. Part essay, part travelogue with a smattering of fiction, it's an indescribable blend of humor, sadness, quirk and love. Author Julio Cortázar cooked up a plan with his second wife Carol Dunlop to drive from Paris to Marseilles in their VW bus nicknamed Fafner, the dragon. The catch is, they stopped at every single rest-stop along the way at the count of two per day, sleeping over night at the second one. This book chronicles their thoughts and notes throughout the journey ...more
Jimmy
La Osita and el Lobo, armed with the caps of mushrooms and cuneiforms forming nightvisions by sidetracked autobahns, carrying only the sin of excess imagination, travel en route of stopped time, which is a form of brussel sprouts, as by re-routing scientific observations about skylarks at rest while gliding in rest areas, they also find a way of being explorers like ancient ships do, clear to the back of the fog, or simply, with Fafner, their VW, sounding out the silences between trucks, like th ...more
Magdelanye
This delightful account of a modern day Don Quioxite and his Dulcinea counts on the 'patient,gentle reader' to rise to the challenge of discovery. With route and itinery clearly defined,and strict rules establishing protocol,this absurd adventure nevertheless transcends any attempt at categorization. The authors come the closest when they confess (P175) "It's true that this trip is an unending fiesta of life" and the sense of celebration is strong throughout.

One thing that surprised and delighte
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Lena
It's a radical idea, really, that a freeway, a kind of road whose very existence is about getting from one place to another as fast as possible, might in fact prove worthy as a destination in and of itself.

In this lovely, charming and wonderful book, the authors decide to to make the 800 km of autoroute between Paris and Marseilles their home for one month. Their goal is to explore every rest stop along its path at the rate of two per day, camping out in their VW van and the occasional hotel, wh
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Katie
More than a travelogue, this 'example of how the imagination can truly take power if we forget about routines' is a delightful invitation to encounter the world with renewed curiosity; to engage fully the imagination, the spirit and the body in celebrating the boon of living rapturously. A drawn out ode between el Lobo (Cortázar, the wolf) and la Osita (Dunlop, little bear), the collage of roadside minutiae offers a rare glimpse at the tender affection and deep respect two people hold for one an ...more
Tuck
a classic of travel lit. with a twist. going from paris to Marseilles on the "freeway" (a turnpike in usa, pay as you go) going no more than 2 rest stops a day, and must spend night at 2nd, for good or bad. so julio and wife carol dunlop co-write about "being away from it all", slowing down and noticing things, nature, people. 1 interesting thing to me was the distinct lack of freaks. if one traveled usa freeways there would be serial killers, hitchhikers, drug runners, mean police, and everythi ...more
Gravity
Osita (Carol Dunlop) and El Lobo (Julio Cortazar) document their travel experiment in France in the early 80's. Two years in the making, they finally embark on a road trip that is just that...a road trip...they have one rule: do not leave the autoroute. They parse out the rest areas between Paris and Marseilles, and plan to stay in two each day while on their 33 day journey. They travel in the heart and belly of the faithful Fafner, mediveal dragon-errant (or to an outside viewer, an red VW bus, ...more
Nathaniel
It is not possible that you have read anything else like this book and unless you are cold-hearted, miserable and vicious, it is likely that you will embrace it, wish it to continue indefinitely and then admire its moving and unexpected conclusion.

Two poetic and imaginative people, very much in love with one another, document a journey from Paris to Marseille that moves through two highway rest stops per day. The travelogue, the photographs, and the ruminations are all made to glow by the intens
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André van Dijk
DEMONEN LANGS DE VOORTRAZENDE SNELWEG

Een spookbeeld uit het verleden: op vakantie naar Frankrijk, bij je ouders op de achterbank over die eeuwigdurende Autoroute du Soleil. Verveling, irritatie, geruzie, dan maar even stoppen. Op een parkeerplaats. Julio Cortázar en Carol Dunlop gingen all the way.

In 1982 vertrekken de Argentijnse schrijver en zijn vrouw - die na een zware periode van ziekte weer op de been is – op een wat surrealistische expeditie: een reis van Parijs naar Marseille met een bez
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Bert
"De parkeerplaatsen volgen elkaar op als tegelijk scherpe en onduidelijke scènes in een lange droom, de een na de ander, en de etappes, niet de horloges, fabriceren de tijd, heffen hem op, want eigenlijk bevinden wij ons buiten de tijd zoals wij ons buiten de snelweg bevinden. We ondergaan hem, maar het is niet langer de vijand met schellen, bellen en postzegels, het is een vriend die een boom wordt als wij iets willen drinken of willen lezen in de schaduw, het is dat soort niet-verschil tussen ...more
Jesse
Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is awfully heavy for a light read (consisting of nearly four hundred pages of notes taken on the dozens of rest stops between Paris and Marseille) but is ultimately a successful real-time travelogue, comparable in that respect to Wim Wenders' interminable and marvelous Kings of the Road.

Dunlop and Cortazar lived slow and died young. The publishers of this edition make a point of informing the reader that both authors would pass within two years of their voyage along
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Rod Funk
Feb 05, 2008 Rod Funk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers of mind and space
Recommended to Rod by: Harper's magazine
This is a very unconventional, but great book. Julio Cortazar and his wife Carol Dunlop decide to take the Autoroute (like an American Interstate Highway) from Paris to Marseilles in their red microbus, Fafner. The wrinkle is that they will make the trip over two months never leaving the highway except to stop at 2 rest stops per day. Using a combination of travelogue, photographs, diagrams, and imaginary correspondence between a mother and her soldier boy, they create an intimate portrait of wh ...more
Mafaldine
Dit is een boek dat je zeker niet op je e-reader mag lezen, al is het maar vanwege de foto's en de tekeningen. Lees het ook niet in de winter, in een drukke stad of in het gezelschap van mensen die niet van lezen houden. Kies een mooie zomerdag vol zoemende insecten, draag teenslippers en zoek een verlaten bank of een warme muur.

De Argentijnse schrijver Julio Cortàzar, zijn vrouw (schrijfster en fotografe) Carol Dunlop, en hun rode Volkswagen busje Fafner alias de draak ondernamen in 1982 een e
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Michael
Dec 19, 2007 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cortazar fans
read my first review in the chronicle-
http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyroba...

this book is good, but if you haven't read cortazar before don't start with this one. check out cronopios y famas if you like associative vignettes, or hopscotch if you like a hearty beatnik novel. if you do read this one, give me a call afterwards and i'll tell you the deep dark secret that cortazar is keeping from you.
Yoy
Het lijkt heerlijk om te lezen: een reisverslag van mensen die een hele maand op een Franse autoroute verblijven. Nooit verlaten ze de autosnelweg. Ze blijven hem bewonen in hun tot mobilhome omgebouwde volkswagenbusje en schrijven ondertussen dit boek. De aspirant-lezer droomt al weg over Frankrijk, ziet de snelwegen in zijn herinneringen, de Franse wc's... en pakt dit boek vast om zo een beetje te reizen!

Een persoonlijke, innerlijke reis van de auteurs
De ontgoocheling blijft niet uit. De auteu
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Anya Boelhouwer
Mooi verhaal, mooi idee, mooie observaties. Had hier en daar moeite met de schrijfstijl, alle (soms obscure) verwijzingen naar kunst, literatuur, filosofie e.d. vond ik nogal pretentieus. Verder vond ik het aardig dat er verschillende stijlen gebruikt werden om nieuwe lagen en perspectieven aan het verhaal toe te voegen (zoals de moeder die brieven schrijft aan haar zoon en daarin beschrijft hoe ze keer op keer onze 'autonauten' tegenkomt op diverse plekken langs de snelweg), maar het voelde som ...more
Victor Méndez
Desde que me enteré de este libro, no podía esperar a tenerlo en mis manos. Un diario sobre el viaje de 33 días en carretera de Cortázar con su Osita, Dunlop; una historia de amor en un espacio al que nadie da importancia y el descubrimiento de ese mismo lugar.

Es cómico, es tierno y es prácticamente un libro de viajes con todas las especificaciones de la bitácora, fotos y hasta mapas de los paraderos. Los autores se lo tomaron en serio y decidieron que su viaje tenía que ser lo más científico p
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Richard
This shows that an amusingly lame but eccentric idea for a road trip can be seriously awesome when the adventurers are wild and crazy in all the right charming ways, and have many friends that encourage them to live their dreams.
Patricio
El ultimo libro de Cortazar, escrito junto a su compañera , que moriria meses despues de este viaje. Libro ameno, escrito con cariño, inteligente, de las pequeñas cosas de la vida. Incluye un cuentito semierotico muy bueno
Justpassingby
Coping with sorrow and death constitutes an important part of being human. Julio Cortazar and his partner Carol Dunlop propose a unique way of enjoying their existence and each other's company. It is not stated in so many words, and the book only hints at 'dark periods', but the reader is led to understand that they have both fought off a serious illness, and they want to highlight and celebrate the richness of their earthly existence (and ours in passing).

Their strategy starts with an absurd pr
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Philippe Billé
Tout existe et même un écrivain aussi ennuyeux que l'Argentin Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), principalement auteur de fictions, a pu composer un ouvrage vraiment amusant, en collaboration avec sa compagne Carol Dunlop, Los autonautas de la cosmopista, o Un viaje atemporal París-Marsella (1983, paru la même année chez Gallimard sous le titre Les autonautes de la cosmoroute, voyage intemporel Paris-Marseille). Le livre parodie les récits de voyages scientifiques en rapportant "l'expédition" menée par ...more
Gauss74
Sebbene scritto da un romanziere famoso, questo libro non è un romanzo ma una cronaca. La cronaca del viaggio di Julio e della giovane moglie Carol a zonzo per le stazioni di servizio dell'autostrada Parigi-Marsiglia, alla ricerca degli affascinanti angoli di panorama che sfuggono ai viaggiatori normali, che nella loro nevrotica foga di arrivare dimenticano di dare valore al viaggio in sè.

Il recupero della dimensione del viaggio e della sua componente romanzesca e favolosa, che diventa occasion
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Alex
Nov 18, 2008 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Robert Johanson
The premise of Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is enchanting: man (Cortazar/el Lobo), woman (Dunlop/la Osita), and van (Fafner/Dragon) spend a full month on the Paris-Marseilles autoroute, recording their observations, experiences, and resultant literary flights of fancy on two trusty typewriters.

As the book's subtitle implies, their journey takes them out of time. Perhaps it is this timelessness or the venue itself--at once wholly familiar to the average reader, yet hardly known--that imbues this
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Tessa
Jun 29, 2011 Tessa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers
Recommended to Tessa by: The Believer
Shelves: nonfic
Because the tone of this narrative is determinedly lighthearted, its substance sneaks up on the reader. (or, this reader). Of course, the seriousness of the journey is laid out in the first chapters but always addressed with a sense of play - after all, Julio and Carol address each other mostly by their very dear nicknames, La Osita and el Lobo, and drive around in a little red Volkswagen camper van named Fafner and described always as a stalwart dragon. Whatever ails the couple is anthropomorph ...more
Karin
Surprising 'road movie book' of a couple traveling from Paris to Marseille without leaving the highway once. They visit two highway parkings everyday and sleep in their Volkswagen van on the second parking. The book is written as an expedition book, including several philosophical accounts of life on a highway (and life in general). I especially enjoyed the letters of a mother (to her son) who sees the couple several times at different highway parkings and has no clue what's going on.
Sarah
6 stelle. "Tutti i parcheggi il parcheggio" (J.C.)

"Così non tarderanno a comparire riferimenti all'Orsetta e al Lupo [...]
Il nostro veicolo Fafner viene spesso chiamato Drago [...] qui va detto che il nostro trio non si serviva di quei nomi silvestri solo per ragioni di affetto e intimità, ma anche perché durante la spedizione andò sempre più identificandosi con i boschi, i prati e gli animali del mondo più segreto dell'autostrada. Era il nostro immaginario fiabesco, la nostra ecologia innocente
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Keri
Mar 09, 2011 Keri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keri by: Elizabeth
This book was suggested to me by a book group member after I returned from my trip to France. I really didn't expect to like it; I'm not a fan of non-fiction and besides, how interesting can a book about rest stops be? Unexpectedly, the descriptions took me right back to France. The authors seemed way out there at times but their descriptions were rich and lively. They seemed to write very much like one another as I could not tell who had authored any particular section until a point of view was ...more
Mil
Gelezen voor ons leesclubje. Bijzonder experiment. Alle parkings langs de route du soleil bezoeken. Na zoveel jaar spijtig genoeg nog herkenbaar. Verhaal mist aan spankracht. Soms erg mooie stukken, soms mager.
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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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