Complete summary of Julio Cortazar’s Axolotl. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Axolotl. AXOLOTL Source for information on Axolotl by Julio Cortázar, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. The loss of the axolotl is traumatic for Mexico City: the creature is vital a collection of axolotl-inspired texts by Julio Cortázar, Aldous Huxley.

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Los axolotl eran como testigos de algo, y a veces como horribles jueces.

The axolotls huddled on the wretched narrow only I can know how narrow and wretched floor of moss and stone in the tank. I think that at the beginning I was capable of returning to him in a certain way—ah, only in a certain way—and of keeping awake his desire to know us better.

“Axolotl” by Julio Cortazar

In the story, the narrator also displays a certain type of neoteny. I know now that there was nothing strange, that that had to occur. Views Page Discussion View source History.

There’s nothing strange in this, because after the first minute I knew that we were linked, that something infinitely lost and distant kept pulling us together. I knew it before this, before being an axolotl. That they were Mexican I knew already by looking at them and their little pink Aztec faces and the placard at the top of cortazarr tank.

The switch of perspectives between the narrator and one of the axolotl is reminiscent of Greek myths involving Circe.


In the standing tanks on either side of them, different fishes showed me the simple stupidity of their handsome eyes so similar to our own. Beyond this, he states that he is not interested in knowing anything else technical or biological about them. Reality and Fantasy 4 Themes and Motifs 4.

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Another critic, Reedy, contends that the structure of Axolotl contains parallels to that of the Aztec myth involving the twin brother of the god, Aolotl, Xolotl, who is the god of the underworld and experiences rebirth after having axolptl in larval form. A subsequent paragraph debates mythological propositions but dismisses them. Behind those Aztec faces, without expression but of an implacable cruelty, what semblance was awaiting its hour?

Murals and graffiti depicting the animal are ubiquitous: I stayed watching them for an hour and left, unable to think of anything else.

Axolotls in crisis: the fight to save the ‘water monster’ of Mexico City

At the canal, he excitedly jumps into his canoe and puts his hand inside the water to show me molluscs, worms and other creatures — proof of the quality of the habitat. He died of leukemia in Paris on February 12, He sees nothing strange with his constant visits to the axolotls. I was friend of the lions and panthers, but had never gone into the dark, humid building that was the aquarium.

He returned many times, but he comes less often now. Recognizlng him, cortqzar him himself, I was an axolotl and in my world.


Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Fue su quietud la que me hizo inclinarme fascinado la primera vez que vi a los axolotl. I saw him yesterday, he looked at me for a long time and left briskly. And in this final solitude to which he no longer comes, I console myself by thinking that perhaps he is going to write a story about us, that, believing he’s making up a story, he’s going to write all this about axolotls.

He was outside the aquarium, his thinking was a thinking outside the tank. When the seven-year ban on his entry into Argentina was lifted he visited his home country and Nicaragua in It could be illness, made more severe by the passage of time that makes him so unbalanced.

But this is a weekday morning, and Carlos Sumano, who is steering my canoe through the floating gardens, or chinampas, says that sort of unfettered use has taken its toll on the ecosystem. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. In he received a degree as a secondary-level teacher.

Most amphibians, like frogs, spend a certain period of their lives in water as larva, before developing lungs and legs and growing into their adult form.