Thus Were Their Faces
  • PublisherNew York Review of Books
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Publication Date2015/05/21
  • Size12.7 x 20.1 cm
  • Page384Page
  • BindingPaperback
  • Weight(kg)0.47kg
  • ISBN9781590177679
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Thus Were Their Faces

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An NYRB Classics Original "Thus Were Their Faces" offers a comprehensive selection of the short fiction of Silvina Ocampo, undoubtedly one of the twentieth century s great masters of the story and the novella. Here are tales of doubles and impostors, angels and demons, a marble statue of a winged horse that speaks, a beautiful seer who writes the autobiography of her own death, a lapdog who records the dreams of an old woman, a suicidal romance, and much else that is incredible, mad, sublime, and delicious. Italo Calvino has written that no other writer better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don t show us. Jorge Luis Borges flatly declared, Silvina Ocampo is one of our best writers. Her stories have no equal in our literature. Dark, gothic, fantastic, and grotesque, these haunting stories are among the world s most individual and finest."
Author Description
Silvina Ocampo Aguirre (July 28, 1903 - December 14, 1993) was an Argentine poet and short-fiction writer. Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, the youngest of the six children of Manuel Ocampo and Ramona Aguirre. She was educated at home by tutors. One of her sisters was Victoria Ocampo, the publisher of the literarily important Argentine magazine Sur. She studied drawing in Paris under Giorgio de Chirico. She was married to Adolfo Bioy Casares, whose lover she became (1933) when Bioy was 19. They were married in 1940. In 1954 she adopted Bioy’s daughter with another woman, Marta Bioy Ocampo (1954–94), who was killed in an automobile accident just three weeks after Silvina Ocampo’s death, leaving two children. The estate of Silvina Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares was recently (as of 2006) awarded by a Buenos Aires court to yet another love child of Adolfo Bioy Casares, Fabián Bioy. Fabián Bioy died, aged 40, in February 2006. With Fabián Bioy's death, it is likely the many documents and manuscripts of both writers will soon become available to scholars.