Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia
First published in Spanish in 1975 and previously untranslated, "Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires" is Julio Cortazar's genre-jumping mash-up of his participation in the Second Russell Tribunal on human rights abuses in Latin America and his cameo appearance in issue nu ...more
Briefly: For an intelligent review, see Jeremy’s here. A much more brief review may be found here (view spoiler)[I know, I know; I’m morally obliged to do something to make this review interesting, but, more importantly, did you fall for it? (hide spoiler)]. (I’m gonna try to do this in a single sentence) In a hybrid graphic novel/novella/history primer, Cortázar presents a story (of a once, and perhaps, still) popular Mexican superhero, Fantomas, known for his appearance in comics which include...more
(*) O Tribunal Russell I foi um evento criado, em 1966, por iniciativa de Bertrand Russell para investigar os crimes cometidos pelos norte-americanos no ...more
"what are books compared to those who read them, julio? what are whole libraries worth if they're only available to a few? this is a trap for us intellectuals, too. we get more upset about the loss of a single book than about hunger in ethiopia - it's logical and understandable and monstrous at the same time."in the argentine master's fantomas versus the multinational vampires: an attainable utopia (fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales), literary superfriends (cortázar, sontag, paz, an ...more
Entretanto a conversas entre os passageiros decorre paralelamente à história da banda desenhada.
O papel dos fantomas é investigar tudo. Trata-se, então, de uma crí ...more
Yes, readers, the masked hero FANTOMAS--pithy playboy genius by day, international crime fighter by night!--has returned for Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales his latest adventure, and his most dangerous yet!
We join our hero in a time of trouble: across the shelves of the world, books are disappearing at a frightening rate. Libraries and depositories are engulfed in flames. Authors and journalists are assaulted and tortured if they try to write new books. And yet ...more
In January 1975 the “Second Russell Tribunal” was held in Brusse ...more
It's short. I read it in one sitting including the appendix and afterword. It has an obvious agenda that seems a little more dated now than when it was originally published in 1975 - which is not to say imperialism and its effects are no longer a thing, just to say that this is a book that is written in response to a very specific moment in time.
Still, this was the first time I read Cortazar and I ...more
Still a brilliant and stylish quick read, but aside from the scene where the narrator is on the train, its a ...more
Interesting Meta work f ...more
Cortazar was part of an international tribunal of intellectuals condemning these military juntas. He also made a somewhat random appearance in a Fantomas comic around that time. This book combines these source materials pretty cleverly.