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El matadero

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Este es un escalofriante relato de la vida cotidiana en Argentina durante la tiranía de Rosas. Reflejo de la miseria moral y de las penurias humanas de los arrabales de Buenos Aires. Su naturalismo expresivo y precisión verbal le confieren una extraña modernidad.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by BiblioLife (first published August 1871)
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Florencia
I remember my reaction. This book was an assignment. I had to read it for my literature class. So, my only motivation for finishing this book was the test. There was going to be a test. I repeated to myself: “I HAVE TO FINISH IT. Finish. FINISH the damn thing. Open your eyes, you can do it. Forget naps, forget actually enjoying reading a book and finish this one”. (I was a bit competitive at school).

So, I managed to read the whole thing. And did well on my exam. AND I made a promise: never force
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Cecilia
GRACIAS POR EL TRAUMA DE MI ADOLESCENCIA, ECHEVERRÍA.
Ellie
El Matadero is reputed to be one of the most studied texts in Spanish speaking South America. It's a fairly short story, only 32 pages once translated and details the events of a day at a Matadero, one the public slaughterhouses common in 19th century Argentina. The story paints a vivid picture of the culture at the time and the manic pace within the Matadero as well as having a political aspect.

The real gem of this book is the accompanying appendixes and glossary which really hit home the reali
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Charles
Assuming you know nothing of the work of the nineteenth century Argentine writer Esteban Echeverria, as I knew nothing, you can approach this book, one of the Friday Project’s Library of Lost Books, in two ways. The first way is to cut to the chase and read the beating and rather bloody heart of it, the long short story, entitled The Slaughteryard, a vivid, in many ways chilling, account of a cattle butchering and its disturbing aftermath in one of the four slaughter yards of Buenos Aires during ...more
David Hebblethwaite
Esteban Echeverría’s short story ‘El matadero’ (originally published in 1871, twenty years after its author’s death, and here translated as The Slaughteryard by Norman Thomas di Giovanni and Susan Ashe) is, says di Giovanni’s introduction, one of the ‘cornerstones of Argentine literature’. I must admit here and now that I know very little about the literature and history of Argentina (and of Latin America in general), so I’m coming to The Slaughteryard very much as a general reader.

Fortunately f
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Sol Benedict
"El Matadero" funda, en la literatura argentina, el romanticismo. Esos mismos años (1830), en el resto del mundo, este género estaba caracterizado por historias de hombres sufriendo por sus amadas, sin embargo, en Argentina, el romanticismo mostraba un fuerte amor y sufrimiento del hombre por su patria. Tiene lugar en la època de Rosas, donde unitarios y federales no hacían más que despreciarse.
Es una lectura rápida, ya que tiene simplemente 23 páginas, pero Esteban Echeverría, con constante sar
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Lucia
Apr 20, 2014 Lucia added it
Tengo un conflicto con clásicos que no me gustan, pero que sé apreciar, lo que hace muy difícil encontrar una puntuación adecuada. Por ese motivo, voy a dejar a este "cuento" sin estrellas. Creo que es la mejor solución.
Yvann S
Key short story by Echeverria, political activist in 1830s Argentina, in a new and very complete edition by The Friday Project containing a long and helpful-for-context foreword by translator which set the historical context (without which I would have been lost), text, glossary, original text with note, further poetry by Echeverria, and translation of foreword to original posthumous edition.

The story is barely 30 pages long, and there is no doubt about its gore and grisliness. The political sat
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Fátima
¡¡A NALGA PELADA DENLE VERGA!!
Walter
Considerado el primer cuento corto Argentino, es una crítica al régimen de Rosas, a la iglesia y a la sociedad de ese momento, torturas y asesinatos políticos simbolizados en lo que ocurre en el Matadero.
Sophie
it wouldn't be one of my favourites..
the author's style was entirely and authentically argentinian...i have to say it was quite unpleasant
Camila Sol
De esos típicos libros insufribles que te mandan a leer en el colegio. ¡¡Por dio'!!
Leonardo
Lo leí hace más de 10 años. Sangre, es lo que me acuerdo.
Carola Garam
El cuento del s. XIX más Tarantino que leído en mi vida.
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José Esteban Antonio Echeverría (September 2, 1805 – January 19, 1851) was an Argentine poet, fiction writer, cultural promoter, and political activist who played a significant role in the development of Argentine literature, not only through his own writings but also through his organizational efforts. He was one of Latin America's most important Romantic authors.
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