Piano Stories (Paperback)
Early magical realist short stories from Uruguay. His fans include Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Brothers Quay. — From Jack's Top Ten Books of 2014
From the writer adored by the likes of García Marquez, Calvino, and Francine Prose comes a collection of Hernández's classic tales
Piano Stories presents fifteen wonderful works by the great Uruguayan author Felisberto Hernández, “a writer like no other,” as Italo Calvino declares in his introduction: “like no European or Latin American. He is an ‘irregular,’ who eludes all classifications and labellings — yet he is unmistakable on any page to which one might randomly open one of his books.” Piano Stories contains classic tales such as “The Daisy Dolls,” “The Usher,” and “The Flooded House.”
About the Author
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1902, Felisberto Hernández was a talented pianist, playing in the silent-screen movie theaters when he was twelve years old. He later toured the small concert halls of Uruguay and Argentina. He married four times,published seven books, and died, impoverished, in 1964.
Born in Brooklyn, Francine Prose has published fourteen novels. The Washington Post has called her work a “sheer delight.”
Poetry that transforms the ordinary into the uncanny.
Excellent … miraculously alive … wonderful.
— Michael Pye - The New York Times Book Review
A vision of such startling beauty that it flares up like an old-fashioned phosphorous match and illuminates our whole lives.
— Francine Prose
If I hadn't read the stories of Felisberto Hernandez in 1950, I wouldn't be the writer I am today.
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez