Axolotl (Cortázar)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Axolotl (1956) is a story by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar collected in Final del juego. It describes someone fascinated by axolotl and his subsequent transformation into one.

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Hubo un tiempo en que yo pensaba mucho en los axolotl. Iba a verlos al acuario del Jardín des Plantes y me quedaba horas mirándolos, observando su inmovilidad, sus oscuros movimientos. Ahora soy un axolotl.
There was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls. I went to see them in the aquarium at the Jardin des Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint movements. Now I am an axolotl.
--tr. Paul Blackburn

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