This article purports to cast new light on the sources of inspiration for Julio Cortázar’s pivotal story ‘El perseguidor’. In particular, it aims to. El perseguidor: Julio Cortázar: The main character of “El perseguidor” (“The Pursuer”), one of the stories in Las armas secretas, embodies many of the traits of . Brenes Reyes, p. 1 Improvisation and Writing: Julio Cortázar’s ‘El Perseguidor’ and the Pursuit for Freedom Jaime R. Brenes Reyes In the words of Argentine.

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These characters embody opposite personalities, Johnny, the intuitive jazz improvisers, and Bruno, the Western intellectual that follows logic and systematic reasoning. Without knowing it, and not like he was making great speeches from the gallows or writing books denouncing the evils of mankind or playing the piano with the air of someone washing away the sins of the world.

Later in his life, he married the Canadian writer Carol Dunlap. After a coftazar to “Ch.

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Indeed, one of the most important “pursuers” is the reader of the story, hunting through the text in order to discover its meaning. During Johnny’s description of the moment when, as he was playing a solo, “time” began to “open out,” he remembers Lan’s red dress, and he also tells Bruno that Lan’s red dress is one of clrtazar things Johnny’s biography is “missing.

He died of leukemia and heart disease in Paris on February 12,three years after becoming a French citizen. Jazz began in the early years of the twentieth century as a combination of Western classical music and African American folk and blues music. Bebop bands were notable for their new style and distinct instrumentation, which they soon found worked better in small persseguidor they also were associated with a number of wider artistic and cultural movements, particularly after the big band era came to an end.

And Bruno is able to help him communicate, to a point, translating Johnny’s almost incomprehensible assertion that “I’m playing that tomorrow” into clear, even lyrical, critical language: He explains that jazz musicians are able to intuitively maneuver the time in a piece of music and to add a ‘swing’.

Modern Language Association http: Paris and other major European cities were the origin of many of these ideas, but writers from all over the Hispanic world participated in them.

He questions the validity and value of his own methods of preaching the message delivered by Johnny through his music, when he asks himself, “What kind of preacher am I? Although Bruno admits that he is an “egoist” trying to protect his “idea” of Johnny, he later comes to recognize that Johnny is often the “hunter” chasing and cortazxr his biographer. So it is quite important to note that this artistic effort is characterized by such frustration and even futility in cottazar ability to discover its goal and successfully find what it is seeking.


Bruno has enough time to include an obituary notice in the second edition of his biography, which he feels is now “intact and finished. Next comes a brief section of Bruno’s thoughts during the intermission of that night’s concert, about Johnny and the music he uses “to explore himself, to bite into the reality that escapes every day. But one thing that the pursuers all have in common is a difficult and frustrating desire to achieve their goals.

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In “The Pursuer’ I wanted to stop inventing and stand on my own ground, to look at myself a bit. Although Bruno seems to have less sympathy for the women in Johnny’s life, in many ways they seem to be hunted intensely, since Johnny has a tendency to abandon them once he has successfully caught them. As Johnny tells Bruno, “what you forgot to put in is me. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. An artist of great talent must, at some point, make a choice.

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And Johnny hopes that Bruno, with words at his command, may have some way to express what the mirror d. I think I understand why prayer demands instinctively that one fall on one’s knees. Logic, in this sense, is understood as the precepts of the dominant culture to be followed by individuals. Bruno thus implies that Johnny, brought to his knees with suffering, is akin to Christ on the cross, suffering for the dd of humanity.

After everyone else corrazar, Johnny and Bruno walk to the Seine River, and Bruno asks him about his biography, which has just been translated from French into English.

Jazz appears in ‘El Perseguidor’ both as one of its main themes and as the basis for its writing. A prodigious jazz saxophonist and one of the great talents of his time, Johnny Carter ep the main subject of the story. When he recovered, however, he made what are generally considered his best recordings, with musicians such as the trumpeter Miles Davis and the drummer Max Roach.

Musicians such as Louis Armstrong soon became extremely popular with both white and black audiences, and by the time the “big cotrazar era peaked in the s, jazz was the mainstream music of the United States. However, by the end of the story, Johnny’s combination of intriguing and tormenting Bruno results in Bruno’s refusal to include Johnny’s complex personal life in the second edition of the biography.

University of Chicago Press, Johnny further asserts that he resents Bruno’s imposing of religious connotations on his music, telling him, “If I play and you see angels, that’s not my fault.

One can stay comfortably, and probably successfully, within the borders of one’s art as they have already been mapped. According to this metaphor, Bruno’s biography of Johnny may be regarded as a biblical text, describing the religious message he derives from Johnny’s music. What was wrong with the book? Cortazar’s short story “The Pursuer” is narrated by jazz critic Bruno V. The capitalist individual moves according to the clock and due dates, as in the case of Bruno, the jazz critic writing for the newspaper.


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Bruno admits that he is haunted by what Johnny reveals about his cortaxar failures and unhappiness and especially his “prestige,” and he feels sorry for Art because Art could not succeed in Paris without Johnny. Se example, one of his chief interests is in the relationship between the critic and the artist; critics like Bruno must pursue and clarify the truth or the nature of the artist so that the art itself can be comprehended.

But Johnny “makes up” with her during a recording session, and they remain close until the end of the story, when they both leave Paris for New York. One of the prodigious musicians of the twentieth century, Parker is often considered to have almost single-handedly created the style of bebop. But in a moment of clarity, Bruno realizes that “under the pretext of watching out for Johnny what we’re really doing is protecting our idea of him. Dixieland jazz and swing musicians such as Armstrong were so popular among whites, and made such an effort to please their white critics, that they developed a reputation among some black musicians as “Uncle Toms”—a corrazar from Harriet Beecher Stowe ‘s novel Uncle Pwrseguidor ‘s Cabin that was used to describe servile or accommodating blacks.

Johnny says he liked it but there are things missing. Incapable of satisfying itself, useful as a continual spur, an infinite construction, the pleasure of which is not its highest pinnacle but in the exploratory repetitions, in the use of faculties which leave the suddenly human behind without losing humanity.

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Inthe author published his most famous novel, Rayuela Hopscotchwhich employs a revolutionary narrative structure by way of chapters that are not read in chronological order but can be skipped through in at least two coherent sequences. Delaunay is from Paris and seems to be a manager or producer of some kind, since he runs things in the studio but does not play an instrument. El primero, el dos, el tres, el veintiuno.

The author in this case does not impose an image or societal model upon its readership. It creates an artificial model that accepts conventionalisms and simplifies jazz improvisation.

Bruno, for example, describes Johnny and two of his friends who greet each other by “exchanging … a complicated onomatopoetic ritual which made everybody feel great.