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Cold Tales

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
tr Mark Schafer, intro Guillermo Cabrera-Infante
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Eridanos Press (first published 1958)
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Glenn Russell
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Virgilio Piñera (1912 - 1979) from Cuba - novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, short story writer. An author who refused to become part of any party, group or literary movement, an author who valued his extreme independence and bohemian lifestyle above all else. For example, as a student at the University of Havana he refused to defend his dissertation before a “bunch of donkeys." Now this, my friends, is an man and artist I can relate to. It gives me great joy to share my review of his outstan
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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A strange collection. I give it 5 stars simply for the stories “Meat” and “A Few Children” alone, though there are many others that are effectively creepy, hilarious, and bizarre. Impacting when it hits, astounding when it (just) misses. Piñera’s is an overlooked master.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
DWA MIESIĄCE. Tyle czytałam opowiadania Pinery. Co za wstyd!
Od razu śpieszę z wyjaśnieniem, że to nie wina książki - ach nie, gdy wreszcie udawało mi się zebrać w sobie, po prostu opowiadanka połykałam. Nie w nadmiarze, bo jeszcze bym posmutniała, a na co mi to.
Takie rzeczy się zdarzają, gdy któregoś letniego dnia rozreguluje się aparat odpowiedzialny za utrzymywanie uwagi. Na swoje usprawiedliwienie mogę tylko powiedzieć, że przejechałam dużo na rowerze, dużo przebiegłam i zrobiłam parę zawodow
This was an extremely challenging read.
I had read "La Carne" before and I thought I would enjoy reading more from this author. Now, I never thought I would say this, but a good number of the stories are "too out there". Surreal to the a degree that they become pointless to me.
That being said, I enjoyed a few of the stories. In particular I enjoyed the sense of humor embedded in them.
This book goes to the list of "unfinished" reads.
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Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"a few children" takes swift's "modest proposal" to a whole new crazy place...
Larry-bob Roberts
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great surrealist short fiction by this Cuban writer.
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Virgilio Piñera Llera was a Cuban author, playwright, poet, short-story writer, and essayist.
Among his most famous poems are "La isla en peso" (1943), and "La gran puta" (1960). He was a member of the "Origenes" literary group, although he often differed with the conservative views of the group. In the late 1950s he co-founded the literary journal Ciclón. Following a long exile in Buenos Aires, Ar
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