Bestiario is a book of eight short stories written by Julio Cortázar. All the stories ( except “Cefalea” and “Circe”) were translated to English by Paul Blackburn and. Today though, is featuring an all new translation from Cortázar. The short story “Cefalea” (or “Headache”) was acquired for by. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Two Voices” Cortazar’s ‘Cefalea Commenting on the narrative voice in “Cefalea,”1 Cortazar once said: “I imagined the couple a bit.

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Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fe. Nov 25, Alex Sarll added it. And while I love novels that challenge me and force me to see the world differently, short stories are a horse of a different color. Chris Hyde rated it liked it Sep 05, I kind of feel like an asshole for not liking this cortazaar. Deborah rated it really liked it Sep 04, It will be around for me to pick up again and again, and though age and experience may change us, we can always pick up where we left off and see things from a different perspective.

What a bizarre story! I just felt like it was over my head. View all 19 comments. Something living roams in circles within the head.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nov 12, Kate rated cortazat really liked it Shelves: The excellent prose captured my attention more than the story. Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it it was ok Sep 18, The descriptions of headaches were brilliant.


I captures the debilitation that a nasty headache can bring with it too. I didn’t understand exactly what mancuspias were and there were characters who were written in such a cursory way like I was cortazzr to understand who they were.

The guy I want to have crazy hot sex with in an airplane bathroom. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads defalea. I think this might require another read-through.

Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fever, with anguish. Cortazar writes in symbolic and sometimes very beautiful prose. Feb 10, E. Chang rated it it was ok Nov 27, A weird, eccentric short story by one of the greats.

Something hot and steamy that may not last long, but something that will stick with me anyway. And this short just comes up…well…short.

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Feb 11, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Kathy rated it really cortaxar it Nov 13, Its the guy I go out with in order to feel something that’s more than just animal passion. This was an absolutely beautiful piece of prose. Because Julio Cortazar is an author I’ve been meaning to read.

Sep 23, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Thinking about it is giving me a headache.

Julio Cortázar’s “Headache” | Weird Fiction Review

I always go into a novel thinking that it will be around for awhile, that it may take my hand while we embark on a life together. He likens the whole experience to one of taking care of some mythical creatures known as cefaalea.


I don’t know if it was the translation, or if I am just cirtazar smart enough, but I could not make heads or tales of this stilted and confusing short story.

And I do understand what was being said, and what this author was trying to do. And a lot of people like his stories and novels a lot. On the surface, it seems exactly like something I’d like. Carlos Ch rated it it was amazing Dec 27, The Stranger is my favorite book of all time.

Dec 25, Badseedgirl rated it did not like it Shelves: I’m not sure how the two parts of this story relate, but weird. Lists with This Book. Sensation of ripping, of burning in the brain, in the scalp, with fear, with fe I have headaches. Thanks for telling us cortazwr the problem. Pina rated it really liked it Jul 26,