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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is a love story, a travelogue, a collection of stories and snapshots, both visual and verbal, irreverent and brilliant. In May of ‘82, Julio Cortázar, literary explorer of the highest order, set out with Carol Dunlop aboard their VW camper van (a.k.a. Fafner) to explore the uncharted territory of the Paris-Marseilles freeway. It was a route they ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 26th 2007 by Archipelago (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
Jan 06, 2010 trivialchemy rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Dec 24, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it
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
May 05, 2010 Lena rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
Mar 14, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Sini
Apr 10, 2016 Sini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek was ooit helemaal vergeten, net als de andere boeken van de geweldige Julio, maar door de enthousiaste verhalen van Charlotte Mutsaers bij DasMag en DWDD werd het enkele jaren geleden heruitgegeven en herontdekt. Zelf las ik het jaren daarvoor al met veel plezier, en omdat ik toch al in een fanatieke en gelukkige Cortazar- herlees- periode zit wou ik ook dit boek nu wel weer herbeleven. Gelukkig maar.

Het gaat hier om een opmerkelijke originele autobiografische reisroman, over de ludiek
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Tuck
Nov 14, 2012 Tuck rated it really liked it
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
Nathaniel
Jun 12, 2008 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
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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Frahorus
Julio Cortazar con la moglie Carol Dunlop fanno un esperimento: percorrere l'autostrada Parigi-Marsiglia fermandosi ogni giorno in almeno due soste. E lo faranno per ben trentatre giorni. Questo che si legge è il loro diario di viaggio, ricco di foto e soprattutto di ironia. Alla fine lascia molta tristezza il sapere che Carol morirà poco dopo questa straordinaria avventura on the road. Consigliatissimo se amate le avventure in strada.
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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Gravity
Jun 03, 2008 Gravity rated it liked it
Shelves: fake-out-spys
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
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
Alvaro Lara Huerta
Un divertido relato, que es complicado encuadrarlo en cuento, ensayo, crónica. Festivo e irreverente descontextualiza lo cotidiano para narrar una verdadera aventura a dos manos. Muy recomendable haber leído algunas obras de Cortázar con anterioridad pues hace muchas referencias.

De igual manera es necesario conocer el contexto en el que se realiza esta expedición pues es una travesía romántica de despedida.
Jesse
Sep 11, 2008 Jesse rated it liked it
Shelves: us, them, him, her
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 it was amazing
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
Andrés Huitrón
Apr 13, 2015 Andrés Huitrón rated it it was amazing
Tenía tanto sin llorar por un libro, nunca lo había hecho por una crónica. Qué grande Lobo y qué hermosa Osita. ...more
Benedikte
Jul 04, 2016 Benedikte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Iedere onzekerheid over de logistieke doeltreffendheid van de expeditie wordt vermorzeld door de omhelzingen, vreugdekreten en wederzijdse felicitaties. Of, om het bescheidener te zeggen, de inlaadmanoeuvres van de NASA-capsules zijn niets vergeleken met het succes van deze briljante operatie.'

De personages: Wolf (hij), Beertje (zij) en Fafner (de VW-bus).
De missie: de snelweg van Parijs naar Marseille afleggen, louter en alleen om de 65 snelwegparkings in kaart te brengen.
Het resultaat: heerli
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Mafaldine
May 25, 2014 Mafaldine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ariadna Itzel
Jan 22, 2015 Ariadna Itzel rated it it was amazing
El recorrido de dos imaginantes!
Michael
Dec 19, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
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.
Liszt Pérez alarcón
De a pocos, porque de momento no se lee. Este libro me ha reconocido, me ha atrapado desde la primera página y es imposible no querer ser un autonauta de la cosmopista. Recomendado para los amantes de las metáforas, los simil y los viajes de aventura.
Richard
Dec 29, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2009 Patricio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joke
May 13, 2016 Joke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliotheek
Heerlijk traag boek. Snelwegliefde in slow motion.
Andy
Mar 04, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry on the bus.
Justpassingby
Dec 19, 2015 Justpassingby added it
Shelves: leesclub
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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Yoy
May 14, 2014 Yoy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2015 Anya Boelhouwer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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