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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Cortazar’s short story “The Pursuer” is narrated by jazz critic Bruno V. It creates a collective that gives equal opportunity for expression and communication among all members.

Bruno then receives a call from Tica who says that Johnny’s youngest daughter, Bee, has died in Chicago. If improvisation is to be used as writing technique, the literary work must enclose a dialogue of equals between author and reader. That Bruno regards Johnny’s musical abilities as godlike is further expressed when he struggles to describe the awe-inspiring effect of Johnny’s live performance at a club one night, observing. 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.

Y no es culpa tuya no haber podido escribir lo que yo tampoco soy capaz de tocar. He continued to read foreign literature and published a book of sonnets entitled Presencia Presence inunder the pen name Julio Denis.

Bruno thus regards his own role as jazz critic as that of a devout worshipper prostrating himself before the awesome power of Johnny’s music.

The Pursuer

Johnny, after a moment, is ready to let the discussion of Bruno’s book pass, but Bruno cannot let it go at that. However, Bruno in the end expresses a certain ambivalence about his role in relationship to Johnny and Johnny’s music.

Tica, Johnny, and Baby Lennox all move back to New York soon after this, and Bruno decides not to confuse his audience by making any changes to the second edition of Johnny’s biography. And very often, like Johnny, these artists are tortured by their lack of success or severely misunderstood by other people.


This relates to the rhythmic innovations of his music and the fact that he is a “pursuer” or perseguidorr which Bruno sees as a desperate struggle to find a crack in the “door” and discover a new way of thinking about the world. Considering his decision not to preseguidor Johnny’s psychological and physical abnormalities and illnesses in the biography, Bruno asks him again about the book and Johnny responds, “what you forgot to put in is me.

New ReadingsCambridge University Press,pp. By the time the story begins, she is already quite worn down by Johnny and the lifestyle they lead. He questions the validity and value of his own methods of preaching the message delivered by Eel through his music, when he asks himself, “What kind of preacher am I? Pepe is the musician who talks with Art and Delaunay about Lester Youngthe alto saxophonist that was Charlie Parker’s hero when he was growing up, in the hotel after Johnny learns that his daughter died.

Bruno has made his name with a book on Johnny Carter, a brilliant alto saxophonist closely modeled on Charlie “Bird” Parker. Retrieved Dl 31, from Encyclopedia. I wasn’t sure of myself anymore in that story. This is clearer in the original Spanish version, df the translator Paul Blackburn has edited out some of the awkwardness in language.

Bruno delays going to see him until fortazar next day, but he finds out in the police reports the next morning that Johnny set his hotel room on fire and escaped, running naked through the halls. Johnny says he liked it but there are things missing. Johnny’s suspicions and strife may be lost on his fictional critic, but, in the end, his struggle infects the actual writer who created both musician and critic.

He helps Johnny, in part, in order to make sure that his biography is successful, and he tries to keep Johnny off of drugs, in part, so that Johnny will remain famous for his music and not for his incredibly perseuidor psychology, which Bruno’s biography completely omits. 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. After all, if he were to die in the street, “Johnny would die carrying with him what he doesn’t want to tell me tonight.


Cite this article Pick a style below, cortqzar copy the text for your bibliography. Johnny tells Bruno that, when he plays the saxophone, he is able to find perweguidor relief from the stresses of “the mortgage and the religion.

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Central to ‘El Perseguidor’ is pereguidor episode in which Johnny records Amorous. And as the story progresses, Bruno’s motives for helping Johnny express himself begin to appear more complicated.

Bruno becomes more specific in his comparison of Johnny Carter to Jesus Christ toward the end of the story. Coetazar narrator of the story, he is a Parisian intellectual who, although he is close friends with Johnny and the jazz crowd, does not take drugs or mix in much with their social life.

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El perseguidor

In “The Pursuer’ I wanted to stop inventing and stand on my own ground, to look at myself a bit. Alazraki, Jaime, and Ivar Ivask, eds. Through jazz Johnny is able to create a reality where pdrseguidor is found in dialogue with other musicians.

Toward the end of the story, Johnny in fact openly objects to Bruno’s description of his music in terms of God and religion, angrily criticizing such references in Bruno’s biography of him. But, he adds, Bruno’s book is missing something.