Octaedro / Octahedron
Short stories and novellas , 1974
Octaedro occupies a privileged place among the short story collections where Julio Cortázar established his personal obsessions and those of the time in which he was destined to live. The eight stories in this collection are eight sides of a clear polyhedron the Argentine writer drew with language closely linked to the special characteristics of each story, seeking that difficult unity in diversity that makes a short story collection exceptional. In this way, separate and inseparable, each facet of the octahedron is linked to the others, although each one is a world sufficient unto itself for opening the door to fear, alienation, and the insidious emergence of the fantastic into the clearest moment of a day or life.