Las armas secretas is a book of five short stories written by Julio Cortázar. The latter four stories appear in translation in the volume Blow-up and Other Stories. Las babas del diablo (part 1). Date Monday, November 21, at The first part of a short story (“The drool of the devil,” commonly known as “Blow-up”. Las babas del diablo (part 2). Date Thursday, November 24, at The conclusion to a short story (“The drool of the devil,” commonly known as.

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Before he left, and now that my memories have been filled for many days since I am prone to rumination, I decided not to lose a moment more. On me they were playing the most horrible trick of all, that of deciding in the face of my own powerlessness, that of having the boy look at the flour-faced clown one more time, and having me understand that he was going to accept, that the proposal contained money or deception, and that I could not shout out for him to flee, or simply again facilitate his exit with a new photo, a small and almost humble intervention that disrupted the scaffolding of drool and perfume.

And since we’re going to tell the story, let’s put things in some order.


Ultimately, the reader must inquire how reliable Michel is in his role as narrator. Habits are like great herbaria: All this could have occurred, but may not have occurred, and Michel perversely waited, sitting in the parapet and, without even realizing it, readying the camera to take a picturesque photo in a corner of the isle with a couple gazing at one another and having nothing in common to talk about.

He pinned the enlargement on a wall of the room and that first day he spent a while gazing at it and remembering it in that comparative and melancholy operation of remembrance in the face of lost reality; his frozen memory, like every photo in which nothing was missing, not even and most of all nothing, the true scene setter. Sona Karapoghosyan rated it liked it Sep 28, I did not have to wait long.

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The photo had been taken and the time had passed: Return to Book Page. Spiritblue rated it liked it Dec 21, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Daniela rated it liked it Nov 11, The man in the gray hat was there watching us. The negative was so good that he prepared an enlargement; the enlargement was so good that he made another, much larger one, almost the size of a poster.

Post a New Comment Enter your information below to add a new comment. The relativity of literary interpretation linked to the reader’s response, the narrative voice, or both begins xel language itself, as exemplified in the two bbaas diametrically opposed terms referring to one and the same phenomenon.

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We are going to tell the story slowly, and we are going to see what happens as I write. What I most remember is the sneer of his mouth that covered his face in wrinkles, vacillating somewhat in location and form because his mouth was quivering and his grimace slipped from one side of his lips to the other like something independent and alive, something alien to the will.

If I am replaced, if I no longer know what to say, if the clouds end and something else begins because it cannot be that one simply sees clouds passing continuously, and now and again a pigeonif something from all of this This article does not cite any sources.

I remember the boy’s face more than his actual body this will be understood laterwhile now I am certain that I remember the woman’s body much better than her face. From attitudes and gestures for he is unable to hear the conversationhe makes certain inferences and decides to take a picture of the two.


It requires discipline, training in aesthetics, a good eye and sure hands. Notify me of follow-up comments via email. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mary Lin rated it liked la May 09, I think this morning I did not look once at the sky, since as soon as I presented what happened with the laas and the woman Cortazag could do nothing but watch them and wait, watch them and Comment Moderation Enabled Your comment will not appear until it has been cleared by a website editor.

March 17, deeblog. Samuel Regueira rated it liked it May 24, But the hands were already too much. The contrast between the two time planes becomes part of the self-consciousness of the text, developed as two interwoven narratives, the second presented in parentheses that separate it visually as well as temporally from the primary one.

Sona Karapoghosyan rated it liked it Sep 28, An enlargement displayed on the study wall across from his worktable provides the English title for the story.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. June 18, deeblog. Link an External Response Have a response on your own site? Dec 04, Is rated it liked it. Francis of Assisi St. Let’s go down the stairs of this house, Sunday, the seventh of November, just a month ago.