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We Love Glenda So Much and A Change of Light by Julio Cortázar
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Mar 16, 12

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I read the first story, "Orientation of Cats", right after reading three early stories by Brian Aldiss. Aldiss constructs enchantments which make you feel trapped in their world, an effect achieved by abruptness of their endings. Cortazar's effect, at least in this first story is rather to drag you through something, or to wash through you, so that you re-emerge from the experience as with a halo, an after-image, but you do emerge. The curious thing is that Cortazar is more fabulistic, more precise, less psychologizing then Aldiss. Is that the line which separates 'speculative fiction' from 'literature'?
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