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Cold Tales (1987) [Collection]
by Virgilio Piņera Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

This copy contains most of the stories that Pinera published during his lifetime as well as some that were found among his papers after his death. None of them have ever appeared in English. Pinera's writing is shocking and often absurd: his lyrical and bloody metaphors take the reader through most of our contemporary infernos; his prose is ironic and incisive, at once tropical and cold, somewhere between tragedy and farce. He transforms the most unreal reality into startling lucidity. The tone that prevails, as in many of Ionesco and Beckett's plays, is that of inescapable fate. A sharp scepticism takes the form of perverse innocence, and it is the ridicule -- Pinera's macabre excesses -- more than the horrid, that shocks the reader.


  • The Fall
  • Meat
  • The Actaeon Case
  • The Parts
  • The Switch
  • Design for a Dream
  • The Ball
  • The Album
  • The Park
  • The Store
  • The Wedding
  • The Battle
  • The Locomotive
  • The Minister
  • The Transformation
  • A Few Beers
  • The Dummy
  • Affairs of Amputees
  • Insomnia
  • Hell
  • The Face
  • The Decoration
  • How I Lived and How I Died
  • The Trip
  • The Conflict
  • Swimming
  • A Saving Nakedness
  • Graphomania
  • An Unexpected Delivery
  • The Mountain
  • A Few Children
  • The Great Staircase of the Legislative Palace
  • The Philanthropist
  • Hot and Cold
  • The Employ of Darkness
  • Indestructible Union
  • Argument Against the Free-Standing Bathtub
  • Look of Love
  • An a posteriori Ghost
  • The Candy
  • The Balcony
  • The One Who Came to Save Me
  • The Death of the Birds

Original title: Cold Tales
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Insomnia (1946) [Short Story]
      Author: Virgilio Piņera
     Mountain, the (1957) [Short Story]
      Author: Virgilio Piņera
     Swimming (1957) [Short Story]
      Author: Virgilio Piņera

Edition #1: Cold Tales

Cold Tales (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Mark Schafer
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Cold Tales (1988)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Eridanos Library
ISBN: 0941419193
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.7 x 1 in
Pages: 282

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