Continuidad de los parques
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Continuidad de los parques (French: Continuité des parcs) (English: "Continuity of the parks") is a short story in Spanish by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (1914–1984). It was first published in 1964 in the Editorial Sudamericana.
The story begins with a wealthy businessman reading a novel he had started reading a few days earlier in his house on a large estate. He had been sidetracked by business matters and had not had enough time to finish the novel. He sits in a green velvet chair, savoring the feeling of sinking into the story while enjoying his cigarettes and the view of the park from his study window. In his novel, a man and woman, two lovers, meet. They have plotted the murder of the woman’s husband with a dagger. The woman goes north, and the man goes to her house. Armed with the dagger, the man goes inside the house and sees his victim: a man who’s sitting in a green velvet armchair reading a novel.