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Along the back ran a transparent fin which joined with the tail, but what obsessed me was the feet, of the slenderest nicety, ending in tiny fingers with minutely human nails. It was this short story that inspired me to write a research paper on the axolotl for my endangered species requirement.

Suddenly the narrator starts speaking in the first-person plural, as if he himself were an axolotl: Perhaps their eyes could see in the dead of night, and for them the day continued indefinitely.

On February 12, he officially died of leukemia in Paris. He depicts in extensive detail the features of one of the axolotl, not only attributing to them humanistic features, but also in one instance becoming one of them, as the point of view shifts perceptibly to first-person plural. It got to the point that I was going every day, and at night I thought of them immobile in the darkness, slowly putting a hand out which immediately encountered another.

Axolotl by Julio Cortázar

Scarcely 2, words in length, the story “Axolotl” collected in Final de juego is representative of magical realism, a South American style of fiction that introduces patently preposterous subjects and cortazra in an offhand manner and then explores their natures in a closely detailed way. The eyes of axolotls have no lids. Axolotl From Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding This was a strange little story, but unexpectedly haunting.


Axolotls have the unique ability to regenerate or regrow whole limbs once they have been sloughed off, bitten or otherwise separated from the body.

They were larvas, but larva means disguise and also phantom. He learns that they exist in larval state and that they are a species of Mexican salamander of the genus Ambystoma.

In that instant I felt a muted pain; perhaps they were seeing me, attracting my strength to penetrate into the impenetrable thing of their lives. Retrieved from ” https: Feb 10, Charlotte Jones rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 21, Shivani rated it it was amazing.

That looked and knew. Obscurely I seemed to understand their secret will, to abolish space and time with an indifferent immobility. His masterpiece was RayuelaHopscotchan open-ended anti-novel, in which the reader is invited to rearrange the cortazxr.

It would seem easy, cortazad obvious, to fall into mythology. The lions were sad and ugly and my panther was asleep. Weeks pass without his showing up.

It was useless to tap with one finger on the glass directly in front of their faces; they never gave the least reaction. There were nine specimens, and the majority pressed their heads against cortazqr glass, looking with their eyes of gold at whoever came near them.

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“Axolotl” by Julio Cortazar

The long narrative poem constituted a meditation on the role and fate of the Minotaur in his labyrinth. Recognizlng him, being him himself, I was an axolotl and in my world. Perhaps one could combine the two perspectives. It is extremely short but discusses themes of loneliness and obsession in an interesting and thought-provoking way. From a pragmatic standpoint, the entire premise of the story—that a human eventually comes to believe himself to have metamorphosed into an amphibian—could be explained by his inability to differentiate between the real and the unreal events in life.


I left my bike against tbe gratings and went to look at the tulips. Axolotls, however, remain in their larval form all of their lives, they do not develop eyelids, protruding eyes or any other land characteristic aside from rudimentary lungs used in conjunction with their larval gills and skin pores.

Really blew me away and I’ve been thinking about it for days now. The boundary between xortazar and axolotls is blurred to a great extent in Axolotl, both physically and metaphysically.

I believe that all this succeeded in communicating something to him in those first days, when I was still he. It was their axollotl that made me lean toward them fascinated the first time I saw the axolotls. He finished his first short story at age nine alongside many other poems. He begins life as a man, a complete terrestrial being with full human capabilities.

Axolotl Summary

I found their Spanish name, ajoloteand the mention that they were edible, and that their oil was used no longer used, it said like cod-liver oil. One of my favorite short stories of corgazar years.

I was an axolotl and now I knew instantly that no understanding was possible. But the bridges were broken between him and me, because what was his obsession is now an axolotl, alien to his human life. Mar 23, Eris rated it it was amazing. If we try to summarize them, we realize that something precious has been lost.

Briefly he worked as a director of a publishing company and worked as a translator in Argentina.