The War Of The Alligators by Horacio Quiroga, 1918 Continue reading
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‘The Decapitated Chicken’ by Horacio Quiroga
The Decapitated Chicken by Horacio Quiroga, 1909 Continue reading
‘The Photograph’ by Enrique Amorim
The Photograph by Enrique Amorim, 1942 Continue reading
‘The Balcony’ by Filisberto Hernández
The Balcony by Fiisberto Hernández, 1976 Continue reading
‘The Threshold’ by Cristina Peri Rossi
The Threshold by Cristina Peri Rossi, 1993 Continue reading
‘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. It’s an intense psychological trip through his final thoughts. Oddly enough, the whole thing is made all the more haunting – and realistic – by Quiroga’s omission of any mention of physical pain. And that’s quite a trick on Quiroga’s part.
The proof? But he himself planted this grama grass that is poking between his lips in squares of land a meter apart! And that is his banana grove and that his starred mare snorting cautiously by the barbed wire! The horse sees him perfectly; he knows she doesn’t dare come around the corner of the fence since he himself is lying almost at the foot of the post. The man distinguishes her very well, and he sees the dark threads of sweat on her crupper and withers. The sun is as heavy as lead, and the calm is great; not a fringe of the banana trees is moving. Every day he has seen the same things.