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Octavio Paz: "If you love art, do something, Fantomas!"Fantomas: "I will, you can depend on it."

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
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Paperback, 87 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Semiotext(e) (first published June 1975)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Fantomas Contra Los Vampiros Multinacionales: Una Utopía Realizable = Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia, Julio Cortázar
Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia is a comic book by Julio Cortázar published in 1975. The book mimics film noir-style comic book stories with speculative fiction to expound the evils of multinational corporations. It was inspired in part by the Mexican comic adaptations of Fantomas, a popular arch-villain from French
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Mike Puma
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: NOT Marco Rubio

Briefly: For an intelligent review, see Jeremy’s here. A much more brief review may be found here (view 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

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Fábio Martins
Desassombro, mordaz e politicamente relevante, este manifesto de esquerda travesti do de comics, traz - nos um Cortázar (ainda) mais livre, solto e sem hesitar usar uma valente dose de humor ácido.
Teresa
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-belgica, e3
Nesta história — misto de conto e banda desenhada, escrita de forma despretensiosa e divertida — O narrador, de regresso a casa, após uma reunião do Tribunal Russell II (*), ao ter conhecimento de incêndios em várias bibliotecas de todo o mundo, que visam destruir a Literatura, apela ao super-herói Fantomas para desvendar a origem dos atentados.


(*) O Tribunal Russell I foi um evento criado, em 1966, por iniciativa de Bertrand Russell para investigar os crimes cometidos pelos norte-americanos no
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Jeff Jackson
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cortazar
Part repurposing of a superhero comic, part political polemic, and part melancholy whatsit - I'm thrilled this rare Cortazar title has finally been translated into English. It goes down easy, but it's probably best appreciated by Cortazar completists. And why wouldn't you want to become a Cortazar completist?!
jeremy
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, translation
"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,
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Oriana
Sep 15, 2014 is currently reading it
Recommended to Oriana by: Jimmy
Shelves: books-with-pix
WHAT HOLY SHIT OMG
Tosh
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Julio Cortåzar's great take on world leftist concerns in 1975 (that still exist) and having a figure like Fantomas, fighting for the left. Of course, Fantomas is just one man, and he is not even sure who the enemy is. Nevertheless this sort-of-graphic novel is a superb entertainment, that actually has traces of sadness. What's sad is the almost impossible means of fighting against multinational companies (vampires), even if you do have a super-hero on your side. Very witty, and a fascinating doc ...more
Jimmy
Imagine you are a "Great Argentine Writer, Contemporary" and you've just branched outside of literature into the real world of effects by attending the Second Russell Tribunal in Brussells. The purpose of the tribunal is to investigate human rights violations in Latin America. You're a bit depressed after hearing all the testimony, and you're doubly depressed because the conclusions of the Tribunal are purely symbolic and will not likely lead to any real changes. On top of that, most people will ...more
Péter
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty interesting idea to package a political pamphlet into a metafictional short story playing with the traditional form of prose and comics, it is also a sad reminder that Kissinger is still alive and not in The Hague where he should be
Martin Albertus
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para mi, hablar de Cortázar es similar a hablar sobre Spinetta, sobre los asados de mi abuelo, sobre el River Campeón de mi infancia. La objetividad desaparece y es el corazón el que toma las riendas. Pero haciendo un pequeño esfuerzo por superar ese escollo inicial y tratando, ahora si, de ser lo más justo posible con el libro, puedo decir que me gustó mucho esta faceta de Julio.
La primera parte, donde aparece la figura de "Fantomas", intercala elementos conocidos del universo usualmente navega
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João Moura
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Capitalismo, conspirações, realidade, escritores, super heróis, povo, empresas, organizações internacionais...tudo se mistura em mais um exercício criativo exemplar de Julio Cortázar, desta feita acompanhado de imagens.
Cody
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin-america
Calling something a graphic novel doesn't change anything: it's still a comic book.
Sara
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um Cortázar que não conhecia, um pouco datado, mas actual. Infelizmente, o texto desta edição , apesar de breve, está pejado de gralhas.
Rick Metal
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessantíssimo trabalho em que Cortázar, inspirado pelo facto de ter sido incluído como personagem numa banda desenhada, cria uma obra formalmente inovadora, descontraída, divertida, mesmo um pouco surrealista, mas abordando grandes e sérios temas. Se a versão da editora Planeta Destino, fonte da portuguesa, estava aparentemente já cheia de erros, a tradução da Teorema é um desastre. Tive de desistir e recorrer a um pdf em espanhol para ler a obra adquadamente. Cortázar não merecia este trata ...more
ZaRi
اشتباه این است که همه چیز عین روز روشن و مثل واقعیت های روزمره جلوی رویمان باشد و با این وجود مطابق معمول همچنان منتظر بمانیم که یک نفر دیگر اولین فریاد را سر بدهد...!
Lily
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A dark yet somehow humorous look at the "multinational vampires" in the form of political and economic corporations who gut Latin America for profit. There is a heavy use of metafiction and comics as a form which give the reader much to think about, forces of pop culture, the role of authors and leftists in creating real and meaningful change, and how to confront injustice and brutal torture. It is simultaneously hopeful and bleak. What is the role of art in all the horrors of the world, past an ...more
Maria Silva
O protagonista é o narrador. O narrador segue o percurso do narrador da história; por exemplo a observação da cidade e das pessoas sem fazer nada, a troca de conversa com a vendedora de jornais, as pessoas no comboio. No texto o autor Insere banda desenhada o que ajuda a seguir o desaparecimento de 400 livros na biblioteca de Londres.
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
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Charlie Kruse
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really fun. Read some of Cortazar's short stories and they confounded me, not really making me feel good or bad, but like a puzzle that I wanted to figure out that I couldn't. I've also felt that way starting Hopscotch. This text is concise and clear, but does not take itself to seriously, and for a theory geek like me it's funny to see the narrator (a stand in for Cortazar) talk to both serious writers like Susan Sontag and masked marauders like Fantomas. Interspersed with actual comic strips a ...more
Rosa Tolava
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reto-2017
Cortázar realiza un denuncia desde su arte sobre temas como las dictaduras militares en Latinoamérica, la violación de los derechos humanos, la erradicación de los pueblos nativos. Cortázar mezcla el comic, el artículo periodístico, mapas, diálogos telefónicos, dibujos, pinturas de arte pop, etc., con aspectos históricos de la región latinoamericana como la quema de libros, la persecución a los intelectuales, científicos, escritores, y el exilio de los mismos en un contexto de represión y destru ...more
Ed Correa
Es quizás la obra política más entretenida que he leído en mucho tiempo. Hay una valentía y una forma única de mencionar nombres y problemas que resulta entretenida. Normalmente una obra con este contenido político podría sonar aburrida, pero Cortázar, en su maravillosa forma de escribir logra mantener la atención del lector durante todo el texto.
Antonio Delgado
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El humor de Cortázar está presente en cada página de esta historia gráfica, en la que los personajes son el mismo autor y sus contemporáneos, incluyendo Sontag, Paz, Calvino, entre otros. Cortázar arremete de manera directa en contra del imperialismo Norteamericano que atenta contra las artes y los derechos humanos.
Ashleigh
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable experiment in layout and content, though honestly I found it confusing to follow most of the time. I think I need to read more Cortazar and come back to this, or more Latin American authors in general, I've only barely scratched the surface.
Romano
"The good thing about utopias [...] is that they are attainable. You have to get ready to fight, comrade, the dawn still ahead. I'm telling you."
Brontë Christopher
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A strange but beautiful book that makes an unforgettable statement about the responsibility of artists to advocate for change.
Guadalupe Campos
Su mayor defecto es que se nota el esfuerzo por ser gracioso, y no le sale. Cosa rarísima con algo de Cortázar.
Donny Forbes
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the English translation, holy weird fucking ride. Read it. Just read it.
Paula Vergara
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debo decir que encontré este libro divertido, me reí mucho y con un sentido de humor que no había visto antes en Cortázar; El libro ademas se engrandece al conocer que el sentido de hacer este libro fue difundir un tema tan horrible como el atropello de los derechos humanos en Latinoámerica en los 70 y, por lo mismo, Cortazar renunció a los derechos de autor para donarlo a organizaciones que luchaban por el respeto de los DDHH. Recomendable 100%
Clayton
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
¡FANTOMAS VUELVE!

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 ye
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Tonymess
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Here is one thing I can assure you of, if it wasn’t for the Best Translated Book Award I would have never in my lifetime have picked up this book, it is quite possible I would never have known of its existence without the award longlist announcement. An overseas publisher, sixty-nine pages of text blended with comic book and pop art is not something I would have been searching for, even if I’d read Julio Cortazar’s works beforehand.

In January 1975 the “Second Russell Tribunal” was held in Brusse
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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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