One of the shortest stories the Argentine writer, novelist, essayist, the ‘Simon Bolivar of the novel’ [dixit Carlos Fuentes] ever wrote, is “The continuity of parks”.
It is about reading, about identifying with the narrator, about how parks are backgrounds for love, murder, life and storytelling. Read the story here.
Such a story asks for it being turned into a movie, and no wonder, that happened plenty of times. You can find a Argentine version here, a French version here, a Spanish one here and an English version here
But perhaps the most beautiful thing is to listen to Cortazar reading his story out aloud.