These seventeen stories from the Caribbean and Central and South America encompass a tremendous variety of subjects, settings, moods, and styles — from worldly sophistication to outright savagery. Ranging in publication dates from 1867 to 1922, each story is by a different writer from a different country. All are well-known names in Spanish-American literature — Rubén Darío, José Martí, Amado Nervo, Rómulo Gallegos, and Ricardo Palma — some of whom are otherwise distinguished as novelists, poets, diplomats, and statesmen.
This dual-language edition features an informative introduction and ample footnotes, making it not only a pleasure to read but also a valuable educational aid for students and teachers of Spanish-American literature.
About the Author
Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Juan Montalvo Gaspar Blondin / Gaspar Blondin
Rubén Darío El rubí / The Ruby
Ricardo Palma El alacrán de fray Gómez / Brother Gómez's Scorpion
José Martí La muñeca negra / The Black Doll
Darío Herrera La zamacueca / The Zamacueca
Baldomero Lillo La compuerta número 12 / Ventilation Door Number 12
Froilán Turcios Salomé / Salome
Francisco Gavidia La loba / The She-Wolf
Ricardo Jaimes Freyre En las montañas / In the Mountains
Leopoldo Lugones La lluvia de fuego / The Rain of Fire
Fabio Fiallo El beso / The Kiss
Horacio Quiroga A la deriva / Adrift
Eloy Fariña Núñez La muerte de Pan / The Death of Pan
Tomás Carrasquilla San Antoñito / Little Saint Anthony
Rafael Arévalo Martínez El hombre que parecía un caballo / The Man Who Was Like a Horse
Amado Nervo El diamante de la inquietud / The Diamond of Uneasiness
Rómulo Gallegos Los inmigrantes / The Immigrants