Religious Symbolism and the Ideological. Critique in “El perseguidor” by Julio Cort?zar. El sentido esencial de este cuento existe en funci?n de un sistema de. In , the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar published a short story entitled “El Perseguidor” (“The Pursuer”) that vividly brought to life the bebop scene of s . This study aims to juxtapose two treatments of „time‟ in Julio Cortázar‟s short story, El perseguidor, to better understand how the concept challenges the.

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He most frequently uses the present perfect verb tense, a verb form that is usually used to discuss events that happened at an uncertain point between the past ep present. He recognizes that the “terrible beauty” of a song like Amorous is an important artistic development, and his language is an attempt to translate the sense of this style into the form of a short story. I wasn’t sure of myself anymore in that story. And Johnny hopes that Bruno, with words at his command, may have some juio to express what the mirror cannot.

Logic, in this sense, is understood as the precepts of the dominant culture cortaar be followed by individuals. Central to ‘El Perseguidor’ is the episode in which Johnny records Amorous.

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The most pronounced coryazar Johnny’s obsessions is time, which confounds him because he sees that it is not a linear or collective phenomenon. Like Johnny, Art is from the United Statesand he has had “conversations with his agent about going back to New York as soon as possible.

In describing the effect of Johnny’s music on him, Bruno asserts, “he played like I imagine only a god can play an alto sax, given that they quit using lyres and flutes. Then Johnny falls asleep and Bruno observes that Johnny is not a genius “walk[ing] in the clouds,” but a man more real than anyone else. Similarly, artists like Johnny are constantly engaged cortaar pursuing some of the basic values and assumptions of a society, trying desperately to open the door to a new understanding of oerseguidor world.

Bruno is overtly racist towards Johnny, calling him a “crazy chimp” and even a “savage,” yet he also admits that “what I’m thinking is on a lower level” than Johnny. University of California Press, Bruno’s condescension towards Johnny, which is clearest in his habit of referring to Johnny as a chimpanzee, suggests two important ideas. 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.


Bruno is like Johnny’s lovers, friends, and fellow musicians who exploit Johnny for their own devices, since Bruno’s book and much of his career is founded on Johnny’s genius. The tension and the rhythm of the story situate the reader beyond the traditional understanding of time and reality, themes that are then treated through language by Bruno to make sense of Johnny’s music. These insights, expressed in Johnny’s monologues to Bruno and his other friends, tend to have much in common with some of the new philosophical theories of the s.

Trudell is a freelance writer with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Improvisation, then, transcends the barriers that language creates in the author- reader relationship. Like Tica, Nica separated from her rich husband because of “dope and other, similar, reasons,” and moved to New York and then Paris in pursuit of the bebop scene.

The layers between the outside observer and the inner reality and the distinct reading experience involved in sifting through these layers in order to find meaning are the chief innovations of “The Pursuer. 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.

Help Center Find new research papers in: 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.

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Bruno cannot rise to Johnny’s challenge. After Johnny’s death, he slaps together jhlio quick obituary in time for the second printing of his false biography, further cementing Johnny in the jazz pantheon in which Bruno insists he belongs, and further obscuring the real man and his tortuous, failed search. He tells Bruno, “I don’t want your God, he’s never been mine. One important new style that flowered in the s and s and was particularly Latin American in origin was “magical realism,” or a fusion of fantasy and myth cortazad realistic fiction.


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And such process takes juilo in a collective dialogue, while maintaining and ensuring the originality of each individual. His analysis of jazz music, originally published in French inis most famous for the light it sheds on Charlie Parker.

The Pursuer

Whereas in previous stories the characters followed the situation described by the narrator, in ‘El Perseguidor’ the characters create the story. Johnny’s suspicions and strife may be lost on his fictional critic, but, in the end, his struggle infects the actual cogtazar who created both musician and critic.

Skip to main content. Johnny cannot grasp the conventional conception of time jukio guides everyday reality: Other ways in which Bruno’s narrative equates Johnny Carter with Jesus Christ include such details as Johnny’s showing Bruno “what a pretty scar I got between my ribs. A Social and Musical History. Finding the red dress she is wearing during the opening scene repulsive, Bruno notices that she has “gotten older.

One of the prodigious musicians of the twentieth century, Parker is often considered to have almost single-handedly created the style of bebop. And unlike Bruno, in his future work he breaks free from the stifling perfection of his early successes, and takes his readers with him into the outer reaches of literature’s unmapped borderlands.

The Birth of Bebop: Johnny is recovering from another bout of heavy drinking and drug use, he has persegguidor again lost his sax, and he is in a bad mood.

For Johnny, such an idea of time is challenging, and is referred to by Bruno as one of his ‘manias’ Johnny tells Bruno that, when he plays the saxophone, he is able to find temporary relief from the stresses of “the mortgage and the religion.