A Manual for Manuel by Julio Cortazar

By Julio Cortazar

His first political novel.

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Asi llegaste aI mundo. De tantos sitios vienes, del agua y de la tierra, del fuego y de la nieve, de tan lejos caminas hacia nosotros dos, desde el arnor terrible que nos ha encadenado, THE SON Ah son~ do you know, do you know where you come from? From a lake with white and hungry gulls. Next to the water of winter she and I raised a red bonfire wearing out our lips from kissing each other's souls, casting all into the fire, burning our lives. That's how you came into the world. But she, to see me and to see you, one day crossed the seas and I, to clasp her tiny waist, walked all the earth, with wars and mountains, with sands and thorns.

Hebo tu sangre, rompo tus miembros uno a uno. Y me quedo velando por anos en la selva tus huesos, tu ceniza, inm6vil, lejos del odio y de la colera, desarmado en tu muerte, cruzado par las lianas, inmovil en la lluvia, centinela implacable de mi arnor asesino. ,I"tii THE TIGER I am the tiger. I He in wait for you among leaves broad as ingots of wet mineral. The white river grows beneath the fog. You come. Naked you submerge. I wait. Then in a leap of fire, blood, teeth, with a claw slash I tear away your bosom, your hips.

Si me apartas tu vida moriras aunque vivas. Seguiras muerta 0 sombra, andando sin mi par la tierra. 58 THE SLIP If your foot slips again, it will be cut off. If your hand leads you to another road it will rot away. If you take your life from me you will die even though you live.

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