Dedicated

Roberto Arlt

Roberto Arlt: La inutilidad de los libros

ROBERTO ARLT — Me escribe un lector: «Me interesaría muchísimo que Ud. escribiera algunas notas sobre los libros que deberían leer los jóvenes, para que aprendan y se formen un concepto claro, amplio, de la […]

Short Stories

O. Henry: The Memento

O. Henry

O. HENRY – The window of Miss D’Armande’s room looked out onto Broadway and its theatres. But Lynette D’Armande turned her chair round and sat with her back to Broadway. She was an actress, and […]

Olive Schreiner: A Dream of Wild Bees

Olive Schreiner

OLIVE SCHREINER – A mother sat alone at an open window. Through it came the voices of the children as they played under the acacia-trees, and the breath of the hot afternoon air. In and […]

James Joyce: After the Race

James Joyce

JAMES JOYCE – The cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like pellets in the groove of the Naas Road. At the crest of the hill at Inchicore sightseers had gathered in clumps to […]

Cuentos

Baldomero Lillo: El pozo

Baldomero Lillo

BALDOMERO LILLO – Con los brazos arremangados y llevando sobre la cabeza un cubo lleno de agua, Rosa atravesaba el espacio libre que había entre las habitaciones y el pequeño huerto, cuya cerca de ramas […]

Giovanni Verga: Rojo Malpelo

Giovanni Verga

GIOVANNI VERGA – “Malpelo” se llamaba así porque tenía el pelo rojo, y tenía el pelo rojo porque era un chicuelo granujilla y malo que prometía ser un perfecto bribón. De suerte que todos en […]

Felisberto Hernández: La envenenada

Felisberto Hernández

FELISBERTO HERNÁNDEZ – (A María Isabel G. de Hernández) I. En uno de los barrios de los suburbios de una gran ciudad, uno de los literatos no tenía asunto. Esto le pasó desde el 24 […]

José Asunción Silva: La protesta de la Musa

José Asunción Silva

JOSÉ ASUNCIÓN SILVA – En el cuarto sencillo y triste, cerca de la mesa cubierta de hojas escritas, la sien apoyada en la mano, la mirada fija en las páginas frescas, el poeta satírico leía […]

Virginia Woolf: How Should One Read a Book?

Virginia Woolf

VIRGINIA WOOLF – In the first place, I want to emphasise the note of interrogation at the end of my title. Even if I could answer the question for myself, the answer would apply only to […]

Virginia Woolf: The Common Reader

Virginia Woolf

VIRGINIA WOOLF – There is a sentence in Dr. Johnson’s Life of Gray which might well be written up in all those rooms, too humble to be called libraries, yet full of books, where the pursuit […]

Edith Wharton: The Vice of Reading

Edith Wharton

EDITH WHARTON – That “diffusion of knowledge” commonly classed with steam-heat and universal suffrage in the category of modern improvements, has incidentally brought about the production of a new vice — the vice of reading. No […]

Lafcadio: On Reading (2)

Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo)

PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (KOIZUMI YAKUMO) – The test of a great book is whether we want to read it only once or more than once. Any really great book we want to read the second […]

Lafcadio: On Reading (1)

Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo)

PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (KOIZUMI YAKUMO) – I wish to keep my promise regarding a series of lectures relating to literary life and work, to be given independently of texts or authorities, and to represent, as far […]