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 . 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 . Julio Cortázar: El perseguidor. El perseguidor. Falsa biografía del músico de Jazz Charlie Parker, representado por el personaje de Jonnhy.
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Johnny has not forgotten his early hope, that Bruno’s talent for words will somehow help him to speak what for him is unspeakable. These characters embody opposite personalities, Johnny, the intuitive jazz improvisers, and Bruno, the Western intellectual that follows logic and systematic reasoning.
Although he never learned music formally, he practiced the alto saxophone constantly, emulated the tenor saxophonist Lester Young, and played in various groups in Kansas CityChicago, and New York. ByFrance had finally lost a costly war in colonial Indochina, and in a rebellion in Algeria by a combination of colonials and militarists effectively toppled the French government, resulting in Charles de Gaulle being called back to power as president of France.
Improvisation, then, transcends the barriers that language creates in the author- reader relationship. She became quite famous, or infamous, after Parker died in her New York luxury apartment from complications due to drug and alcohol abuse. Then Johnny arrives, in “great shape” with a moderate amount of drugs in his system and optimistic about the concert that night. The 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.
Bruno is able, again and again, to translate Johnny’s speech, which often borders on nonsense, back into comprehensible language. Ultimately, Bruno represents Johnny as a Christlike figure who suffers for the sins of mankind, and his own role as that of a preacher, whose task is to testify to the spiritually transcendent power of Johnny’s music.
While Johnny is described variously as an angel, devil, or god, Bruno also describes Johnny’s followers as angels of a sort. Bruno calls him a “teahead,” or a marijuana smoker, and he sometimes feels sorry for him because Johnny has let him down in Paris. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Bee, who dies of pneumonia.
Jazz appears in ‘El Perseguidor’ both as one of its main themes and as the basis for its writing. Bruno ultimately comes to regard Johnny as a Christ-like figure, whose music offers a form of spiritual transcendence to his listeners, while his self-destructive behaviors represent a Christ-like form of suffering for the sins of others.
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. While he regards Johnny as a Christ-like figure, Bruno regards himself as a sort of priest or proselytizer, spreading the gospel of Johnny Carter.
Johnny thus mocks Bruno’s representation of his music as a religious phenomenon.
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In “The Pursuer’ I wanted to stop inventing and stand on my own ground, to look at myself a bit. Stanley Kauffman, for example, called the story “outstandingly the worst [in End of the Game, and Other Stories ]: He died of leukemia and heart disease in Paris on February 12,three years after becoming a French citizen. But unlike a writer of fiction, whose success or failure in portraying a character can be measured finally only in their own hearts, Bruno the critic has the opportunity, or the punishment, of coming face to face with the man he has tried to capture in his now-famous biography.
Regardless of Johnny’s insistence that Bruno remove the religious references from perseguiodr biography, Bruno decides to leave the second and subsequent editions of the biography as is, without eo to revise it in accordance with Johnny’s criticisms of how he and his music have been represented. However, as the story goes on, Johnny complains to Bruno that he does not understand his music: However, Johnny is also referred to in terms that associate him with hell and the devil.
Confusing reality with fiction, Bruno mentions an interview with Miles Davisthe famous jazz trumpeter who played with Charlie Parker during the peak of his career in Cortaaar York. It is involved in the very process of writing. Later in his life, he married the Canadian writer Carol Dunlap. So he turns to Bruno, whose art is working with words, for help.
Bruno cannot rise to Johnny’s challenge. 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. 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.
Delaunay is from Paris and seems to be a manager or producer of some kind, since he runs things in the studio but does not play an instrument. During Johnny’s description of the moment when, as he was playing a solo, “time” began to “open out,” he remembers Lan’s red dress, and he also tells Bruno that Lan’s red dress is one of the things Johnny’s biography is “missing.
Lan is Johnny’s wife, although they seem to have been separated for a long time. 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.