The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories: Texas Pan American Series

Author: Horacio Quiroga,Margaret Sayers Peden,George D. Schade
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Short Story Books
Age Group: 15+
Book Format: Paperback

Tales of horror, madness, and death, tales of fantasy and morality: these are the works of South American master storyteller Horacio Quiroga. Author of some 200 pieces of fiction that have been compared to the works of Poe, Kipling, and Jack London, Quiroga experienced a life that surpassed in morbidity and horror many of the inventions of his fevered mind. As a young man, he suffered his father's accidental death and the suicide of his beloved stepfather. As a teenager, he shot and accidentally killed one of his closest friends. Seemingly cursed in love, he lost his first wife to suicide by poison. In the end, Quiroga himself downed cyanide to end his own life when he learned he was suffering from an incurable cancer.

In life Quiroga was obsessed with death, a legacy of the violence he had experienced. His stories are infused with death, too, but they span a wide range of short fiction genres: jungle tale, Gothic horror story, morality tale, psychological study. Many of his stories are set in the steaming jungle of the Misiones district of northern Argentina, where he spent much of his life, but his tales possess a universality that elevates them far above the work of a regional writer.

The first representative collection of his work in English, provides a valuable overview of the scope of Quiroga's fiction and the versatility and skill that have made him a classic Latin American writer.

Table Of Contents

The Feather Pillow (1907)

Sunstroke (1908)

The Pursued (1908)

The Decapitated Chicken (1909)

Drifting (1912)

A Slap in the Face (1916)

In the Middle of the Night (1919)

Juan Darien (1920)

The Dead Man (1920)

Anaconda (1921)

The Incense Tree Roof (1922)

The Son (1935)
About Horacio Quiroga
J. David Danielson (1916-2010) was Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. George D. Schade (1926-2010) was Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and was a noted translator.


SKU BK-9780292715417
Barcode # 9780292715417
Brand University of Texas Press
Artist / Author Horacio Quiroga, Margaret Sayers Peden, George D. Schade
Shipping Weight 0.3400kg
Shipping Width 15.200m
Shipping Height 1.800m
Shipping Length 22.900m

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