The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories
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... show more
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, The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories 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.
Publish date: January 1st 1984
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Pages no: 214
Edition language: English
The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories by Horacio Quiroga was not an easy read. Written in eloquent prose, this short story collection is struggles with two main themes running simultaneously throughout the collection: One of death in its many forms, and one of admiration. I'm glad I did not read...
The Feathered Pillow is great bedtime story for those who believe there life could be sucked out by a parasite.The Decapitated Chicken is more than just a murdered chicken. Crazy Mother's love I guess.Juan Darien a story of a tiger boy. Racism and revenge.Horacio Quiroga bases his stories on life ...