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Las Hortensias y otros relatos

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Acclaimed by the initiated, Felisberto Hernandez has long been considered -a writer's writer, more admired by his colleagues than known by the public at large- (Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Yale University). As with his predecessors in the -genre of the strange- Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe and Franz Kafka, the apparent eccentricities in F ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 2009 by El Cuenco de Plata (first published January 1st 1949)
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Glenn Russell
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino and Julio Cortázar all acknowledge Felisberto Hernández (1902-1964) as a major influence. Not bad for a writer from the city of Montevideo, Uruguay who was a self-taught pianist and who earned his living playing in cafés and silent screen theaters. His writing is so dreamlike and surreal, so lush, aesthetically refined and artistically polished, I’m hard-pressed to characterize it other than observing on a scale of one to ten for the above literary qualities
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Laura
Sep 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
La prosa de Felisberto es extraña, no es latinoamericana, no es europea, cómo bien dice Italo Calvino, pero si bien el primer realto que integra esta edición es atrapante la mejor manera de introducir al elctor es el prologo de cortazar. Esa carta imaginaria de que hubiera sucedido si estos dos escritores se encontraran... Es raro, estoy hablando de un texto que ni siquiera es del autor en cuestión, pero debería terminar el libro para poder hablar de Felisberto, la cuestión es que simplemente el ...more
Totoptero Bastidas
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mi hermana me ha dado buenos consejos. La mayoría de esos consejos buenos han partido de recomendaciones que se hacen al pasar, como frases sueltas que se cazan en el aire: “ ‘Blade Runner’, la recomiendo”, “vale la pena Pink Floyd”, “¿y si te pagan por leer?”, “te presento la Blaa”. Otra de esas recomendaciones fue una frase de Saramago; la parafraseo: “La insatisfacción fue puesta en el corazón de los hombres por Dios y es eso lo que nos hace a su imagen y semejanza”. Y si aquello que nos acer ...more
Francis Encarnación
Lecturas muy íntimas con estructuras narrativas no complejas. "Las hortensias" es la joya de la compilación. Los demás cuentos parecen compartir escasez de fuerza en sus finales.
Mary Thelma Pulido
Felisberto es muy raro. Vale la pena leerse.
Giovanni Gregory
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Las Hortensias" es un relato maravilloso.
Víctor Sampayo
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Felisberto Hernández tiene una prosa que se desmarca de las etiquetas. En sus relatos uno puede ser capaz de acceder a la realidad —o acaso a una nueva realidad, escondida bajo la alfombra de la cotidiana— mediante puertas que tal vez nunca habían sido notadas. Eso sí, es muy exigente con el lector, quien debe tener lista y bien afilada la imaginación y el asombro ante hechos que, bajo otras circunstancias, estarían bañados con la luz de lo acostumbrado. Un libro para besarse las puntas de los d ...more
Luis
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just the first book I read this year and it is already a candidate to the best book I will read. Hernández's writing is just short from pure hallucination; yet it is written in such a personal way that one can feel the failure of his life and how writing was a way for him to re-dream some episodes. It is also very clear how Hernández was perhaps the most direct influence in magical realism (refer to García Marquez's Melquíades or Fuentes's Chac Mool) in his portrayal of dreams as an ele ...more
Fabrizio
Qué bien escribe Felisberto. Sus historias raras no sólo hablan de una imaginación prodigiosa, sino que además plasma esas ideas de manera muy original, bien escrita, y adelantada sobre todo para su tiempo. Es siempre gratificante leer a un autor que inspiró la admiración de Cortázar, García Márquez o Calvino.
Los escritores uruguayos son bacanes.
Analia
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great writer who has been unjustly neglected. Felisberto Hernandez must be read and enjoyed.
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Writer and pianist.
Considered to be the forefather of fabulism, predating writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino and Julio Cortázar, who all note Hernández as a major influence.
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