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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two Short Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"One of These Days" (1984, 4 pages) and "Eyes of a Blue Dog" (6 pages, 1986) both by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I recently read and posted on two short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera and numerous other novels).   As I mentioned in my prior posts, I have read most of the translated novels of Marquez but I still have not yet read his most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude.  His collection of short stories has about 40 works.    "Eyes of a Blue Dog" was first published in English in The New Yorker magazine in 1984.    "One of These Days" was first published in English in 1972.    They were translated by Gregory Rabbassa.    I have done longish posts on  two prior stories by Marquez  so these posts will just be brief notes on the stories.

"One of These Days" is set in a nameless and timeless little town somewhere in a place where everyone is corrupt.   It seems a an ugly place.    There are two characters in the story, the town mayor and the town dentist.     This is a purely realistic story.    Some of it is almost painful.

"One of These Days" can be read online 

"The Eyes of the Blue Dog" is a strange story with a haunting quality.   It is about dreams.    It seems to be about a man dreaming of a woman he sleeps with all the time.    His relationship in dreams is very different from his one in real life.     The woman has a strange obsession with a blue dog and his eyes.   There is more to the story than this but I am keeping these posts short.

"Eyes of a Blue Dog" can be read online

I will start Hundred Years of Solitude in a few days.    

Mel u


Suko said...

Interesting post--I'd not heard of this writer before venturing here.

Cassandra said...

My favorite Garcia Marquez short story is "Light is Like Water". Check that one out, too.