All Fires the Fire (Paperback)
New Directions, 9780811229456, 160pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
“One of the most adventurous and rewarding collections since the publication of Cortázar’s own Blow-up.” —Los Angeles Times
A traffic jam outside Paris lasts for weeks. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro meet on a mountaintop during the Cuban Revolution. A flight attendant becomes obsessed with a small Greek island, resulting in a surreal encounter with death. In All Fires the Fire, Julio Cortázar (author of Hopscotch and the short story “Blow-Up” ) creates his own mindscapes beyond space and time, where lives intersect for brief moments and situations break and refract. All Fires the Fire contains some of Julio Cortázar’s most beloved stories. It is a classic collection by “one of the world’s great writers” (Washington Post).
About the Author
Suzanne Jill Levine is a leading translator of Latin American literature, and professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she directs a Translation Studies doctoral program.
Praise For All Fires the Fire…
The noted Argentinian author’s incomparable elegance shines through these eight stories.
He was, perhaps without trying, the Argentine who made the whole world love him.
— Gabriel García Márquez
Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed.
— Pablo Neruda
I’m permanently indebted to the work of Cortázar.
— Roberto Bolaño