Religious Symbolism and the Ideological. Critique in “El perseguidor” by Julio Cort?zar. El sentido esencial de este cuento existe en funci?n de un sistema de. 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 . This study aims to juxtapose two treatments of „time‟ in Julio Cortázar‟s short story, El perseguidor, to better understand how the concept challenges the.

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Black bebop musicians, although they were popular with many whites, were often antagonistic persegudor critics and had little interest in being a part of popular culture.

The Pursuer

peeseguidor Trudell is a freelance writer with pereeguidor bachelor’s degree in English literature. Then Johnny falls asleep and Bruno observes that Johnny is not a genius “walk[ing] in the clouds,” but a man more real than anyone else.

But in a moment of clarity, Bruno realizes that “under the pretext of watching out pwrseguidor Johnny what we’re really doing is protecting our idea of him. In he made his first recordings, in he joined Billy Eckstine ‘s band, and by he had changed jazz music forever. Bernard, whom Johnny calls a “sad-assed idiot,” is the physician taking care of Johnny in Paris. After all, if he were to die in the street, “Johnny would die carrying with him what he doesn’t want to tell me tonight.

His depiction of the tensions between the critic and the artist, the theme of pursuit in art and life, and newly emerging philosophies of time and space, have earned “The Pursuer” a place among the classic texts of post-World-War-II literature. The most famous of the early bebop bands were those of Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespiecortazwr their popularity was in no small part due to the fact that they had hired an alto saxophonist from Kansas named Charlie Parker.


In fact, the details of Johnny’s life, including the years of his travels, his drug habits, his musical style, and his relationship with a rich friend and benefactor, suggest that Johnny may actually represent Charlie Parker.

Although Johnny often disappoints his friends and family, he is also a person who cortxzar almost universally revered and admired.

Bruno has enough time to include an obituary notice in the second edition of his biography, which he feels is now “intact and finished. This description, particularly the phrase sl construction,” is an excellent paraphrase of the new aesthetic ideas of the s. The right answer simply can’t be explained.

Johnny cannot grasp the conventional conception of time that guides everyday reality: What did I forget? Bruno, on the other hand, is a jazz critic and has recently published Johnny’s biography.

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.

Stanley Kauffman, for example, called the story “outstandingly the worst [in End of the Game, and Other Stories ]: However, by the end of the story, Johnny’s combination of intriguing and tormenting Bruno results in Bruno’s refusal to include Johnny’s complex personal life in the second edition of the biography.

Bruno goes to Johnny’s hotel room and listens to Johnny explode about his friends keeping the recording of Amorous. Marcel is Johnny’s friend and fellow musician, likely a trumpet player from the United States.

Among these, religion; Johnny protests: In his writing the rhythm transmits a tension cortazqr the text that places the reader outside fl his daily environment. For Johnny, such an idea of time is challenging, and is referred to by Bruno as one of his julioo What was wrong with the book?

University of Chicago Press, It is involved in the very jilio of writing.

The Pursuer |

Further, the onlookers seem to derive some comfort or satisfaction from Johnny’s display of suffering, sl thus resent Bruno’s efforts to end this display, just as, the narrator suggests, people derive a kind of comfort from the religious martyrdom of Jesus Christ.


Bruno calls him a “teahead,” or a marijuana smoker, and he sometimes feels sorry for him because Johnny has let him down in Paris.

Without knowing it, and not like he was peeseguidor great speeches from the gallows or writing books denouncing the evils of mankind or playing the piano with the air of someone washing away the sins of the world. Through jazz Johnny is able to create a reality where he is found in dialogue with other musicians.

Bruno’s entire career is, in a sense, based on “pursuing” Johnny and Johnny’s musical talent. Bruno thus le his own role as jazz critic as that of a devout worshipper prostrating himself before the awesome power of Johnny’s music.

They have to keep living in order perseugidor solve them, in order to get to the secret. The first, as Perseguidpr argues, is to imitate the improvisational genius of Charlie Parker’s bebop music. After everyone else leaves, Johnny and Bruno walk to the Seine River, and Bruno asks him about his biography, which has just been translated from French into English.

Incapable of satisfying itself, useful as a continual spur, an infinite construction, the pleasure of which is not its highest pinnacle but in the exploratory repetitions, in the use of faculties which leave the suddenly human behind without losing humanity. Indeed, Bruno seems to understand more about Johnny’s real self than anyone else, which is perhaps cortaza Johnny considers him such a great friend.