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Final Exam

by: Julio Cortazar

Publisher: Norton (1952)


Staff Pick by comrade: JM

It was written in 1950, just before the fall of Peron's govt, and paints the picture of a surreal and melancholy Buenos Aires, in some ways seeming to represent Cortazar's final farewell to the city before a permanent self-exile to Paris the following year. Not published until 1986 due to the political climate of Argentina at the time, 'Final Exam' is rich with both social and political commentary, as well as obscure literary references that will inspire a 2nd and 3rd read. So good! A classic.