Excellent reading in either Spanish or English, the eight short stories in this collection by authors including Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Camilo José Cela have been chosen for their readability and literary merit. Seven are from Spanish America, only one from Spain, an unsurprising ratio considering there are no less than nineteen Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas, and that the short story is an extremely popular form among authors there. This selection also, therefore, gives the reader an insight into the differences between the literary cultures.
Printed approximately in order of difficulty, the stories are accompanied by parallel English translations and notes on the text.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) translated by Donald A. Yates
Mario Benedetti (1920– ) translated by Gerald Brown
THE CAVALRY COLONEL
H.A. Murena (1923– ) translated by Gordon Brotherston
ISABEL'S SOLILOQUY: WATCHING THE RAIN IN MACONDO
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928– ) translated by Richard Southern
Juan Carlos Onetti (1909– ) translated by Donald L. Shaw
Camilo Jose Cela (1916– ) translated by Gordon Brotherston
Carlos Martinez Moreno (1917– ) translated by Giovanni Pontiero
Juan Rulfo (1918–86) translated by J.A. Chapman
Notes on Spanish Texts