Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires An Attainable Utopia

ISBN-10: 1584351349
ISBN-13: 9781584351344
Edition: 2014
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Description: Octavio Paz: "If you love art, do something, Fantomas!"Fantomas: "I will, you candepend on it."First published in Spanish in 1975 and previously untranslated,Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires is Julio Cortázar's genre-jumpingmash-up of his  More...

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 8/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 88
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Octavio Paz: "If you love art, do something, Fantomas!"Fantomas: "I will, you candepend on it."First published in Spanish in 1975 and previously untranslated,Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires is Julio Cortázar's genre-jumpingmash-up of his participation in the Second Russell Tribunal on human rights abuses in Latin Americaand his cameo appearance in issue number 201 of the Mexican comic book series Fantomas: TheElegant Menace. With his characteristic narrative inventiveness, Cortázar offers aquixotic meta-comic/novella that challenges not only the form of the novel but its political weightin contemporary cultural life. Needing something to read on the train from Brussels (where he hadattended the ineffectual tribunal meeting), our hero (Julio Cortázar) picks up the latest issue ofthe Fantomas comic. He grows increasingly absorbed by the comic book's tale ofbibliocide (a sinister bibliophobic plot to obliterate every book from the archives of humanity),especially when he sees the character Fantomas embark upon a series of telephone conversations withliterary figures, starting with "The Great Argentine Writer" himself, Julio Cortázar (andalso including Octavio Paz and a tough-talking Susan Sontag). Soon, Cortázar begins to erase thethin line between real-life atrocities and fictional mayhem in an attempt to bring attention to thehuman rights violations taking place with impunity in the country from which he wasexiled.

David Kurnick is associate professor of English at Rutgers University.

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