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'The Dead Man' by Horacio Quiroga

The Dead Man by Horacio Quiroga, 1920

The magic trick:

Brilliantly describing the process of dying without ever mentioning physical pain

Quiroga takes the reader through the final minutes of a man’s life, from accident to death. 162 more words

Analysis

Review: Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa

Every now and then, when the density of life – its enormity and its utter atrocious inhuman filth – is just too great a burden for your squeamish little mind to comprehend or deal with, fiction can serve as a midwife to understanding. 1,039 more words

Bibliophilia

The Little Estancias

Do you love Spanish-language literature? Thinking about reading the 60 novels of Argentinian author César Aira, but don’t know how to get started? We interrupt summer to bring you Ana Schwartz’s essay, “The Little Estancias”, a delightful… 251 more words

Reviews

Review: Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Down the Rabbit Hole

I’ve just got around to reading Down the Rabbit Hole, the semi-surrealist debut novella by Tapatio author Juan Pablo Villalobos. This charming but slightly disturbing short story is narrated by the precocious young son of a Mexican drug lord who is desperate to own a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus. 354 more words

Drug War

Braham to reveal deep cultural insights of Caribbean zombie detective novels

There’s much more to zombie detective novels than a fun, light read. “Junk lit,” Persephone Braham said, “tells us a lot about the world.”

At 1 p.m. 630 more words

Community

Launch of The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges

On Wednesday 14 May, a large audience of specialists and non-specialists gathered at the Residence of the Argentine Ambassador in London for a round-table discussion to greet the launch of this recent volume on Jorge Luis Borges. 281 more words

21st Century

Review: The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

The book is a fictionalized, or I should say Marquezified account of the last few years of Simon Bolivar, the great Columbian political leader and idol. 298 more words

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