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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While Bruno describes Johnny’s music in religious terms, Johnny describes his own relationship to organized religion as contentious.

The change of position is a symbol of the change in the tone of voice, in what the voice is about to articulate, in the diction itself. Brent holds a Ph. The s was a decade of great turmoil in the French colonial world, as well as a decade julko major political changes in the Hispanic world.

As Bruno admits, Johnny’s moments of true artistic genius, as reflected in the recording of Amorousoccur not when he is technically accurate but when he is most ep fighting against convention and searching for an “outlet” in time and existence.

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Next comes a brief section of Bruno’s thoughts during the intermission of crtazar night’s concert, about Johnny and the music he uses “to explore himself, to bite into the reality that escapes every day. His genius although Bruno insists that he is not a “genius” is in the combination of his personal life, his music, and his philosophical theories, and Bruno’s racist caricature of him as a “chimpanzee who wants to learn to read” also, ironically, suggests that he is struggling to evolve and understand things that his species, the human race, has not pedseguidor before.

But he became coratzar with an international elite, and he never actually lived in Argentina after his departure for Paris in In fact, many of his obsessive rants relate to some of the most pressing philosophical issues of the post— World War II era, particularly in the area of metaphysics, the branch of philosophy that deals with the “nature of reality.

Log In Sign Up. Johnny is emaciated, or extremely thin from illness, but his temperature is normal, and he talks to Bruno about his visions of fields with urns that contain the ashes of dead people, as well as his conviction that the doctors and scientists that are so sure of themselves do not understand the world at all. Indeed, Bruno seems to understand more about Johnny’s real self than anyone else, which is perhaps why Johnny considers him such a great friend. Central to ‘El Perseguidor’ is the episode in which Johnny records Amorous.


It is a tension that Johnny uses to torment him, even in pedseguidor early conversation. Also, Bruno is one of the people who is always taking care of Johnny and giving him what he needs. In “The Pursuer’ I wanted to stop inventing and stand on my own ground, to look at myself a bit.

Finding the red dress she is wearing during the opening scene repulsive, Bruno notices that she has “gotten older. By then I was fully aware of the dangerous perfection of the storyteller who reaches a certain level of achievement and stays on that same level forever, without moving on, I was a bit sick and tired of seeing how well my stories turned out.

Paris and other major European cities were the origin of many of these ideas, but writers from all over the Hispanic world participated in them. Perseguidkr have to keep living in order to solve them, in order to get to the secret.

One of the prodigious musicians of the twentieth century, Parker is often considered to have almost single-handedly created the style of bebop. It creates an artificial model that accepts conventionalisms and simplifies jazz improvisation.

The Pursuer

And Johnny hopes e Bruno, with words at his command, may have some way to express what the mirror cannot. Bruno struggles to express the essence of what makes Johnny and his music so awe-inspiring. Alazraki, Jaime, “From Bestiary to Glenda: Berkeley and Los Angeles: He describes Johnny as “this angel who’s like my brother, this brother who’s like my angel.

His biography focused on Johnny’s music, he tells himself, and not on the failings of the man himself, his lunacy, his addictions, his promiscuity, his ridiculousness. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works sl list. 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. Improvisation, in the content of the story, as writing technique, and the impact upon the reader, has important consequences to understand reality and open doors for the liberation of the creative process.


According to this metaphor, Bruno’s biography of Johnny may be regarded as a biblical text, describing the religious message he derives from Johnny’s music. What was wrong with the book? 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.

Bruno calls her stupid and promiscuous, but she seems to know how to handle Johnny despite Bruno’s suspicion that she would readily shoot up heroin and become “lost” with him. Perhaps this is one reason Johnny continually loses his saxophone; he desires to be taken not simply for his music but for himself. His depiction of the tensions between the critic and the artist, the theme of pursuit in art and life, and newly perseguldor philosophies of time and space, have earned “The Pursuer” a place among the classic texts of post-World-War-II literature.

As Bruno admits, “we’re a bunch of egotists; under the pretext persebuidor watching out for Johnny what we’re doing is protecting our idea of him.

Later, Johnny refers to the “holes” in his hands, an image which evokes perseguidoe stigmata of Christ, whose hands were nailed to the cross. Late in the story, Bruno describes Johnny’s role among his friends and listeners as that of a religious martyr, who provides a spiritual cleansing of the world by suffering for the sins of mankind.

In he took a post teaching French literature at the University of Cuyo in Mendoza.

Inthe author published his most famous novel, Rayuela Hopscotchwhich employs a revolutionary narrative structure by way of chapters that are not read in chronological order but can be skipped through in at least two coherent sequences.