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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute
ISBN: 9781846590481
19 June 2008
Paperback with flaps
13 x 20 cm
220 pages

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Julio Cortázar was born in Belgium in 1914 to Argentine parents. One of the true giants of twentieth-century literature, Cortazar was a tireless defender of Latin American self-determination.

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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop


In May 1982, Julio Cortazar set out with his wife Carol Dunlop aboard their VW camper van to explore the uncharted territory of the Paris to Marseilles freeway.

They loaded up with supplies – food, water, wine, cameras, typewriters – and prepared for an arduous voyage of thirty-three days. The rules of the expedition had been set down: they must not leave the motorway, and they must explore each of the rest areas along the way, at a rate of two per day. The result is a brilliantly funny, irreverent travelogue.

Translated by Anne Mclean


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'This touching roadtrip story was translated into English for the first time last year, and was quickly hailed as a classic'
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We could do nothing but stand there, quench the thirst for that color, that texture, suprised at finding that such emotion can still be born of a flower, and feeling a little silly at having no other possible reaction that saying oh, how lovely. And walking off to the motel room, key in hand.

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