One of the core authors of the '60s boom in Latin American fiction, Julio Cortazar made a contribution of international importance to the development of the short story as a literary form. This collection spans his writing career and includes La Noche Boca Arriba and Final del Juego (1956), Las Babas del Diablo (1959), La Isla a Mediodia (1966), Recortes de Prensa and Queremos Tanto a Glenda (1981) and Botella al Mar (1982).
Of the seven stories, some are famous examples of his contribution to the genre of 'fantastic' literature, while others demonstrate his social and political concerns.
Cortazar can be a challenging and demanding writer. Peter Beardsell's edition, with its comprehensive introduction and notes to the text, selected vocabulary and discussion section suggests that he is also enjoyable and accessible to readers at all levels. -- .
Cortazar and the boom; Argentina and France; fantasy and the short story; the seven stories - critical analyses; the seven stories - an overview; selected bibliography; Julio Cortazar, Seven Stories - "La noche boca arriba", "Final del juego", "Las babas del diablo", "La isla a mediodia", "Recortes de prensa", "Queremos tanto a Glenda", "Botella al mar"; temas de discusion; temas de disertacion.