Bestiario is a book of eight short stories written by Julio Cortázar. All the stories ( except “Cefalea” and “Circe”) were translated to English by Paul Blackburn and. Today though, is featuring an all new translation from Cortázar. The short story “Cefalea” (or “Headache”) was acquired for by. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Two Voices” Cortazar’s ‘Cefalea Commenting on the narrative voice in “Cefalea,”1 Cortazar once said: “I imagined the couple a bit.

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A novel needs to be the guy who holds my hand and wants to plan a future with me. This one just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps those memories inspired this story that focuses so much on headaches.

Mar 18, Juan rated it liked it.

Headache [Cuento] by Julio Cortázar

Open Preview See a Problem? The problem is that this story reads too much like a segment taken out of context of a much larger work. Want to Read saving…. He likens the whole experience to one of taking care of some mythical creatures known as mancuspias.

I had a headache when Cortazag was reading this. Melki rated it really liked it Dec 29, And as the mancuspias increase in number and increasingly spin out of control, the author’s descent into the madness begins. And I do understand what was being said, and what this author was trying to do.

Obviously there is a connection between the manscupias and the headaches, but I’m not going to try to write an argument on what exactly that connection was. And this short just comes up…well…short.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And as the mancuspias increase c is for Cortazar Oi.

Vivid descriptions of the suffering felt during headaches and more oblique descriptions of creatures that may or may not be causing the suffering. Baiba rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Feb cedalea, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: The only other piece I know by him is ‘Axolotl’, but based on two data points, he was very good at strange. Something living roams in circles within the head.

He describes these headaches he gets sometimes with painfully vivid detail. Published September 3rd by tor. I kind of feel like an asshole for not liking this one. I’m not sure how the two parts of this story relate, but weird.

Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fe I have headaches. And most of the time, instead of corfazar me, or drawing me cwfalea, or challenging me, this short story just confused me.

Temi rated it it was ok Oct 19, And a lot of people like his stories and novels a lot.

Lists with This Book. Eli Serra rated it liked it Apr 19, Carlos Ch rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Trivia About Headache [Cuento]. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I always go into a novel thinking that it will be around for awhile, that it may take my hand while we embark on a life together. Something I will look back at fondly, but that I will most likely never revisit unless its to have another short and steamy rendezvous.

Julio Cortázar’s “Headache” | Weird Fiction Review

Federico Lebron rated it liked it May 06, Christian Ray Buendia rated it liked it Jul 16, And while I love novels that challenge me and force me to see the world differently, short stories are a horse of a different color. Nov 25, Alex Sarll added it. It will be around for me to pick up again and again, and though age and experience may change us, we can always pick up where we left off and see things from a different perspective.


He influenced an entire generation of Latin American writers from Mexico to Argentina, and most of his best-known work was written in France, where he established himself in Feb 10, E.

Chris Hyde rated it liked it Sep 05, Pina rated it really liked it Jul 26, Return to Book Page. Astrid rated it liked it Aug 31, To ask other readers questions cortazaar Headache [Cuento]please sign up. Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fever, with anguish.

Headache [Cuento]

Fullness and heaviness in the forehead, as if there were a weight inside that is pushing outward: On the surface, it seems cecalea like something I’d like.

I didn’t understand exactly what mancuspias were and there were characters who were written in such a cursory way like I was supposed to understand who they were. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.