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Autonauts of the Cosmoroute
ISBN: 9781846590481
Travelogue
19 June 2008
Paperback with flaps
13 x 20 cm
220 pages
£9.99

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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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How many times, under the effect of surprise, does one lose the true surprise enclosed therein? That's perhaps what happened to us today outside reception at the Beaune rest area motel, where someone we'll no doubt never see has cultivated perfectly shaped and dazzlingly colored roses. How to describe a color that spreads over the petals as if it were the most natural thing in the world, and which is at the same time, texture, consistency, light and shadow, warmth that does not kepp a sort of certainty of coolness from dominating the whole? Futile to explain that the most startling were of a color we'd have to situate between red and pink, carefully rationing the delicate droplets of orange that enhance its luminosity; for even if a reader by rapturous chance managed to conceive a mental vision of this hue, they would still lack the singularly heavy and transparent velvet that seemed to convey the defiance calmly growing there, a hundred or so meters from the freeway, its noise, rhythms and combustion gases. 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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'This touching roadtrip story was translated into English for the first time last year, and was quickly hailed as a classic'
Sunday Times

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