Musings of a Future Librarian: The beast in “Bestiary” by Julio Cortazar.

Bestiary Cortazar
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Bestiary: a collection of descriptions or representations of real or imaginary animals.

Last week in my creative writing lecture, my peers and I were assigned,  “Bestiary” by Julio Cortazar– A short-fiction that begins with our protagonist, Isabel, being sent by her sister, Inés, and their Mother to the Funes, in order to keep the youngest Fune, Nino, company. Though we are never told how old Isabel is, we know she is old enough to relay what she sees clearly,  but also naive enough to believe should she give into Aunt Rema’s demands, she can escape interacting with The Kid.  Throughout the piece, we are given a variety of beasts who parallel the subjects in the Funes’ home. Who exactly parallels who, we can never be sure, as Cortazar embeds just enough ambiguity that one can never render their conclusion absolute. However, it’s fun to try.

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