Complete Works and Other Stories

Complete Works and Other Stories

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Augusto Monterroso is widely known for short stories characterized by brilliant satire and wit. Yet behind scathing allusions to the weaknesses and defects of the artistic and intellectual worlds, they show his generous and expansive sense of compassion.

This book brings together for the first time in English the volumes Complete Works (and Other Stories) (Obras completas [y otros cuentos] 1959) and Perpetual Motion (Movimiento perpetuo 1972). Together, they reveal Monterroso as a foundational author of the new Latin American narrative.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14.48mm | 482g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 0292751842
  • 9780292751842
  • 114,816

Table of contents

Before and After Augusto Monterroso by Will H. Corral
Complete Works (And Other Stories)

Mister Taylor
One Out of Three
Finished Symphony
First Lady
The Eclipse
Diogenes Too
The Dinosaur
Leopoldo (His Labors)
The Concert
The Centennial
I Don't Want to Deceive You
Complete Works

Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion
It's All the Same
Regarding Attributions
Homage to Masoch
The World
The Brain Drain
The Endymion Report
I Know You, Mask
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Jorge Luis Borges
You Tell Sarabia That I Said He Should Hire Her and Place Her Here or Wherever, That I'll Explain Later
Homo Scriptor
Under Other Wreckage
How to Stop Being a Monkey
How I Got Rid of Five Hundred Books
The Maids
Solemnity and Eccentricity
Winning the Street
It May Be True
Living Together
Height and Poetry
Christmas. New Year's. Whatever
Choose One
Ever-Present Danger
The Outdoor Poet
Tender Rose
Errata and Final Notice
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Review quote

"Sophisticated wit and playful surrealist fantasy dominate these ingenious and gently mocking tales, by a Guatemalan-born soul mate to the late Jorge Luis Borges. This first English translation of Monterroso's work offers the contents of his two published collections, Complete Works and Other Stories (1959) and Perpetual Motion (1972). They're a monument, if that isn't the wrong word, to this entertaining author's trademark `concision and wit.'" * Kirkus Reviews *
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About Augusto Monterroso

Augusto Monterroso is the internationally renowned author of nine books, including The Black Sheep and Other Fables. A resident of Mexico since 1956, he won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, Mexico's highest literary honor, in 1975. Edith Grossman is an award-winning translator of contemporary Latin American literature. Her recent publications include Strange Pilgrims and Of Love and Other Demons, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Maqroll and The Adventures of Maqroll, by Alvaro Mutis.
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