Diary of Andrés Fava is pure reflection: on his reading, dreams, conversations, and writing. This unpredictable journal of the protagonist of Cortázar’s posthumously published El Examen is peppered with quotes from French poets and American jazzmen. Cortázar’s brilliance and irreverence are in full power. Exploratory and honest, Diary of Andrés Fava lets us in on his own intimate reflections on literature, music, friendship, love, and the act of writing. It’s full of bold jabs and devilish claims. A late-night rap session with Cortázar–he lets down his guard and we have the impossible pleasure of watching this lovable genius think and feel out loud.
“This beautiful amalgam of 'marvelous instances' tilts against the 'airy blades' of empty thought with vengeance. Equal parts tender wit, elegant aside and acid observation, Diary of Andrés Fava, which comes to us from the desk of one of the 20th century's greatest literary explorers, is 100 percent delight. —Laird Hunt Anyone who doesn't read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder...and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair. —Pablo Neruda Cortázar is a unique storyteller. He can induce the kind of chilling unease that strikes like a sound in the night. —Time Magazine”