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2014 28 Feb

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 5 Comments

„“Autonauts of the Cosmoroute“ is a love story, an irreverent travelogue of elaborate tales and snapshots detailing Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop’s thirty-three-day voyage on the Paris-Marseilles freeway in 1982. Satirizing modern travel and the great explorers, this sparkling work pushes life and literature to surreal extremes.“ So writes amazon about this paperback edition of the nonfiction-story of great Argentinian writer Jukio Cortazar and his partner Carol Dunlop. While traveling the highways of France with all those dirty motels and „Rastplätze“ they celebrate life while knwowing they have to die soon from lung cancer. It’s one of my favourite books of all time. By the time I read it I had a girlfriend who nearly went furious when I was praising the book. – „How can these people move through these shitty places instead of visiting the great wonders of mankind like The Pyramids?!“

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    There is a good German translation, and Gregory is a big fan of the book, too, no joke! :) We are Cortazarians, so to speak …

  2. Gregor:

    Thats the titel of the german translation:
    Die Autonauten auf der Kosmobahn – Eine Zeitlose Reise Paris-Marseille

  3. Martina:

    Thanks to you two. I´ve just ordered the book. Sounds as if it was just right for me.
    About two years ago I took „Rayuela“ of one of these public book shelfs. Never ending stuff.

  4. Martina:

    Für diejenigen (wie mich), die die Autonauten noch nicht kennen, hier ein Einblick mit Fotos, aus einem Buch über Reiselektüren, also nur Sekundärlitartur. Der Beitrag beginnt auf Seite 17

  5. Martina:

    In genau einer Woche erscheint eine Neuausgabe bei Suhrkamp. Hier der Link mit Leseprobe:

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