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 "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar

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PostSubject: "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar   "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar Icon_minitimeSat Mar 28, 2009 4:47 pm

This is one of my favourite authors. I have found one of his short stories translated online (he writes in Spanish, and I cannot tell if the translation has been done properly, so if you don't like it: blame the translator). I copy it here for you Smile

Continuity of Parks

He had begun to read the novel a few days before. He had put it down because of some urgent business conferences, opened it again on his way back to the estate by train; he permitted himself a slowly growing interest in the plot, in the characterizations. That afternoon, after writing a letter giving his power of attorney and discussing a matter of joint ownership with the manager of his estate, he returned to the book in the tranquility of his study which looked out upon the park with its oaks. Sprawled in his favorite armchair, its back toward the door -- even the possibility of an intrusion would have irritated him, had he thought of it -- he let his left hand caress repeatedly the green velvet upholstery and set to reading the final chapters.

He remembered effortlessly the names and his mental image of the characters; the novel spread its glamour over him almost at once. He tasted the almost perverse pleasure of disengaging himself line by line from the things around him, and at the same time feeling his head rest comfortably on the green velvet of the chair with its high back, sensing that the cigarettes rested within reach of his hand, that beyond the great windows the air of afternoon danced under the oak trees in the park. Word by word, licked up by the sordid dilemma of the hero and heroine, letting himself be absorbed to the point where the images settled down and took on color and movement, he was witness to the final encounter in the mountain cabin. The woman arrived first, apprehensive; now the lover came in, his face cut by the backlash of a branch. Admirably, she stanched the blood with her kisses, but he rebuffed her caresses, he had not come to perform again the ceremonies of a secret passion, protected by a world of dry leaves and furtive paths through the forest.

The dagger warmed itself against his chest, and underneath liberty pounded, hidden close. A lustful, panting dialogue raced down the pages like a rivulet of snakes, and one felt it had all been decided from eternity. Even to those caresses which writhed about the lover's body, as though wishing to keep him there, to dissuade him from it; they sketched abominably the frame of that other body it was necessary to destroy. Nothing had been forgotten: alibis, unforeseen hazards, possible mistakes. From this hour on, each instant had its use minutely assigned. The cold-blooded, twice-gone-over reexamination of the details was barely broken off so that a hand could caress a cheek. It was beginning to get dark.


Not looking at one another now, rigidly fixed upon the task which awaited them, they separated at the cabin door. She was to follow the trail that led north. On the path leading in the opposite direction, he turned for a moment to watch her running, her hair loosened and flying. He ran in turn, crouching among the trees and hedges until, in the yellowish fog of dusk, he could distinguish the avenue of trees which led up to the house. The dogs were not supposed to bark, they did not bark. The estate manager would not be there at this hour, and he was not there. He went up the three porch steps and entered. The woman's words reached him over the thudding of blood in his ears: first a blue chamber, then a hail, then a carpeted stairway. At the top, two doors. No one in the first room, no one in the second. The door of the salon, and then, the knife in hand, the light from the great windows, the high back of an armchair covered in green velvet, the head of the man in the chair reading a novel.





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PostSubject: Re: "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar   "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar Icon_minitimeThu Jul 02, 2009 12:55 am

Pretty decent. Short and sweet. Smile

In fact, the only bad thing I can say about it is that it reminded me of the H.P. Lovecraft short stories I read recently and that's not its fault. I have to give some leeway to those because the times have definitely changed since they were written, so the I forgive the archaic style. But good Lord, they were painfully predictable. I mean, you can always tell from the first paragraph, if not the first sentence, what's going to happen and how it's going to end. I enjoy the ideas, movie/game creatures, and horror themes that have come about because of these stories, but for a good read look elsewhere.
I do keep threatening to play that "Call of Cthulhu" game...but I'd have to be nuts to play that. No really. It's in the rules.

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PostSubject: Re: "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar   "Continuity in the park" / "Continuidad en los parques" by J Cortazar Icon_minitimeThu Jul 02, 2009 3:16 am

Yeah, Cortázar was influenced by Poe, Lovecraft and Borges. Smile
I feel the same way about Lovecraft, I read it years ago because I felt it was a must. But I am not a huge fan. Anyway, he did influence lots of people, which might be the real important point of HPL, how he created something new for the times, and how it was taken and used by other authors.

I thought no one read the OP Sad
Thanks Cobalt!
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That was kind of a necro-bump there, wasn't it? Smile

Thank you. I'm always up for a good read.

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