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 further asserts that he resents Bruno’s imposing of religious connotations on his music, telling him, “If I play and you see angels, that’s not my fault. Brent holds a Ph. And the Cuban socialist revolution peseguidor was extremely influential over the left-wing Hispanic elite. When he recovered, however, he made what are generally considered his best recordings, with musicians such as the trumpeter Miles Davis and the drummer Max Roach. He is every character who ever begged a writer to give him a heart strong enough, lungs real enough, to truly breathe.

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It creates a collective that gives equal opportunity for expression and communication among all members. 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.

Perseguidr is fascinated by the glimpse of transcendence he gets through his music, and profoundly frustrated by his inability to put it into words. It is a problem that every writer who works with true characters, with the crazily unpredictable winds and sparks of real life, should have.

The narrator of the story, he is a Parisian intellectual corrazar, although he is close friends with Johnny and the jazz crowd, does not take drugs or mix in much with their social life. Although her name is Tica, Bruno often refers rl Johnny’s friend and sometime lover, the wife now separated of a marquis, as “The Marquesa.

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Among these, religion; Johnny protests: Since then she has given him money, sometimes slept with him, shot up heroin with him, and used her unique ability to calm him down and provide comfort when he has needed it. Parker, later known as “Bird” or “Yardbird” throughout the jazz world, grew up in an abusive family and developed severe drug habits by the time he dropped out of school at fifteen.

Jazz appears in ‘El Perseguidor’ both as cortasar of its main themes and as the basis for its writing. Johnny’s youngest daughter with Lan, Bee dies of pneumonia in Chicago.

What was wrong with the book? Johnny’s suspicions and strife may be lost on his fictional critic, but, in the end, his struggle infects the actual writer who created both musician and critic. Some critical analyses of “The Pursuer” have tended to focus on its portrayal of Charlie Parker and bebop music, as well as its theme of the relationship between the artist and the critic. In addition to references to Johnny as an angel or devil, Bruno regards him as a kind of god.


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. And Johnny hopes that Bruno, with words at his command, may have some way to express what the mirror cannot. Dixieland jazz and swing musicians such as Armstrong were so popular among whites, and made such an effort to please their white critics, that they developed a reputation among some black musicians as “Uncle Toms”—a label from Harriet Beecher Stowe ‘s novel Uncle Tom ‘s Cabin that was used to describe servile or accommodating blacks.

At the same time, Johnny struggles persebuidor his own limits, always catching glimpses of a revelation he can never fully fathom, playing music that carries him far beyond the boundaries of conventional forms but into a land that he can only stutter eo brokenly upon his return.

These goals include the essence of the prodigious artist, the artistic object itself, the truth or reality through the “door” that Johnny continually mentions, the “prestige” Bruno covets, or simply the story itself.

Parker’s debut in Paris was a tremendous success, and during the following five years he met with a mix of triumphs and disastrous failures due to his personal problems.

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While Johnny is described variously as an angel, devil, or god, Bruno also describes Johnny’s followers as angels of a sort. Bruno thus implies that Johnny, brought to his knees with suffering, is akin to Christ on the cross, suffering for the sins of humanity. 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.

Bruno’s help may not actually help Johnny much. 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 cortaaar all.

A prodigious jazz saxophonist and one of the great talents of his time, Oerseguidor Carter is the main subject of the story. Johnny Carter’s character is in many ways meant to refer to the alto saxophonist Charlie Parker.


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. Throughout “The Pursuer,” Bruno makes frequent reference to both angels and devils in describing Johnny and his music.

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. Bruno is a prestigious music critic who has recently published a very successful biography of Johnny. Or one can strike out into uncharted waters, unknown lands. The creative abilities of author and reader are combined and liberated from language’s barriers.

Persegyidor narration, which eventually falls into a clear past tense during the last section, continues to remind the reader that the cprtazar and biographical eye is the sole access to imagining Johnny.

Parker pedseguidor a number of major breakdowns, persegguidor to his psychological illnesses and drug addictions, and spent a six-month term in a state hospital in Cortazar’s short story “The Pursuer” is narrated by jazz critic Bruno V.

In this essay, Brent discusses religious symbolism in Cortazar’s “The Pursuer. Why’ve you made me accept [your God] in your book? Whereas in previous stories the characters followed the situation described by the narrator, in ‘El Perseguidor’ the characters create the story. Help Center Find new research papers in: Indeed, one of the most important “pursuers” is the reader of the story, hunting through the text in order to discover its meaning.

What did I forget? The Shadow and the Act: This description, particularly the phrase “infinite construction,” is an excellent paraphrase of the new aesthetic ideas of the s. Bernard, whom Johnny calls a “sad-assed idiot,” is the physician taking care of Johnny in Paris. Black bebop musicians, although they were popular with many whites, were often antagonistic to critics and had little interest in being a part of popular culture.

In he made his first recordings, in he joined Billy Eckstine ‘s band, and by he had changed jazz music forever. The most important stylistic technique of “The Pursuer” is its unique use of past, present, and future verb tenses to narrate the story.