Piano Stories

Felisberto Hernández Julio Cortázar

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Piano Stories Inhabited by rich eccentric characters and full of strange and surprising landscapes this collection of short stories deeply influenced a generation of magical realists If I hadn t read the stories

  • Title: Piano Stories
  • Author: Felisberto Hernández Julio Cortázar
  • ISBN: 9780941419543
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inhabited by rich, eccentric characters and full of strange and surprising landscapes, this collection of short stories deeply influenced a generation of magical realists.If I hadn t read the stories of Felisberto Hernandez in 1950, I would not be the writer I am today Because he taught me that the most haunting mysteries are those of everyday life Gabriel Garcia MarqInhabited by rich, eccentric characters and full of strange and surprising landscapes, this collection of short stories deeply influenced a generation of magical realists.If I hadn t read the stories of Felisberto Hernandez in 1950, I would not be the writer I am today Because he taught me that the most haunting mysteries are those of everyday life Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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    1. Glenn Russell on said:

      Felisberto Hernández - "My stories have no logical structures. Even the consciousness undeviatingly watching over them is unknown to me. At any given moment I think a plant is about to be born in some corner of me. Aware of something strange going on, I begin to watch for it, sensing that it may have artistic promise. All I have is the feeling or hope that it will grow leaves of poetry or of something that could become poetry when seen by certain eyes."“If I hadn’t read the stories of Felis [...]

    2. Ben Winch on said:

      I wrote a lazy review. What can I say? It started like this:At his best, Felisberto Hernandez astonishes. He has a way of seeing. From that stems his charm, his magic, his aura. His gaze penetrates the core of things. Sometimes it strips apart the story that encloses it – the story another object that the gaze penetrates – and the fractious shards-of-mirror effect of the exploded vessel becomes the story. ‘His gaze penetrates the core of things’? It interrogates, draws new cores from thi [...]

    3. Eddie Watkins on said:

      In the realms of art these days I’m much more interested in the artist's sensibility than (for want of a more complete term) their technical execution, be that technical execution in the realms of "imagination" or the actual words on the page. This is how it was in my early days of art exploration; I “looked through” the surface qualities of the text or painting I was experiencing and into the being, the sensibility, of the artist. It was more akin to interpersonal communication, than to a [...]

    4. Lynne King on said:

      I wasn't going to bother with a review on this book as I had abandoned it. What really annoys and upsets me is that I am rather taken generally with South American authors. The book looked the part; I loved the cover and the idea of piano stories really appealed to me. The Felisberto Hernandez' stories also came highly recommended by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.I really couldn't get my head around this book. Is this meta-fiction? I don't know but the stories were too bizarre for me and normally short [...]

    5. Vit Babenco on said:

      “I don’t know how to nurture the plant or make it bloom. All I have is the feeling or hope that it will grow leaves of poetry or of something that could become poetry when seen by certain eyes.”Piano Stories is a book of transformations, of metamorphoses… Alterations are unpredictable.Things become persons and persons become things. Inanimate objects acquire souls and human beings lose them.“But at night in the woods the trees attack us from all sides. Some stagger and sway as if about [...]

    6. Jimmy on said:

      Oh, Felisberto, I'm baffled! All this talk of you being a fabulist and a magician and loved by Marquez and Cortazar and Calvino. All these reviews on , and all this talk about your "surrealism," and not one word about your greatest, least fabulist story of all "The Stray Horse". One of the best stories I've ever read by anyone. Yes, there is less of that "fabulist" aesthetic. It's there, but it's so much more quiet and subtle, and the story ambles along without any sort of premise. The delicious [...]

    7. Adam on said:

      The weird world of Uruguayan fantasist Felisberto is like one of his book flaps states, a look into "slightly different but parallel dimension", oddball humor meets phantasmagorical prose. Bizarre sketches etched with autobiographical authenticity that resemble Proust's capturing of time and memory, automatic writing of the surrealist school, and the goofball antics of silent film comedy. The highlights are definitely "Daisy Dolls" and "The Flooded House". The former takes place in weird house n [...]

    8. Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion on said:

      I am still dancing to these stories as the light dances inside of those mysterious parlors!!! Yesterday, with impending diarrhea, I even danced to the toilet in great cheer because I had left Felisberto on the ground by the commode after reading on the can an hour earlier. I was in bliss upon returning and spoke to the book as if it was Felisberto himself sitting there, alive in his true spirit of inanimate objects made animate. "Ah, you're still here Felisberto?" I asked, picking the book up li [...]

    9. John on said:

      I finished reading this collection about a week after I finished the most remarkable book I’ve ever read, the novel The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor by Cameron McCabe. I gave it five stars, something I rarely do for any book. I find that I’m also giving five stars to this book, a collection of short stories, although I didn’t love it as much as the McCabe. So why give it five stars? I’ll get to that in a minute. The name Felisberto Hernandez was unknown to me, until I found out that th [...]

    10. Stephen on said:

      Interesting collection of short based in latin america mainly loosely based around a piano player. This book wont be everyones taste but loved some of the language used.

    11. Tuck on said:

      felisberto, from uruguay, and KICK ASS. so strange. everyday events turn on you and bite you. like you get up, feed the cats, then realize its raining friskies outside and drifting up in the streets. even the damn cats don't recognize that reality is out of wack. or is it?

    12. Tait on said:

      Italo Calvino hailed Felisberto Hernandez as one of the two (along with Bruno Schulz) most original and strange authors from the last century. Both Marquez and Cortazar claimed that their work would not have been nearly as interesting without the Uruguayan author's unique sense of storytelling. Predating Magical Realism as an established genre, Felisberto drew on Proust and Rilke to create "gentle surrealisms," in which women become mannequins, men become horses, pianos become coffins, and a who [...]

    13. Matt on said:

      I picked this up randomly and I'm really loving it. It's surreal, but in the best way possibleere's a clarity here, though its the clarity of objects infused with drama and unconscious knowledge, metaphors abound and the hushed tension and poetic feel is palpable. Definitely overlooked, little gem which still shines decades after its obscure beginnings.

    14. Jessica on said:

      Really stunning. Unlike anything else I've read. What will stay with me longest, I imagine, is the way objects have desires and lives in his writing. I mean, look at this passage from "The Stray Horse" (a truly brilliant piece that takes an incredible left turn halfway through):Across the piano keys, like a rail over sleepers, lay a long red pencil. I never lost sight of it because I wanted one just like it. When Celina picked it up to number the notes of the score for my fingering, the pencil w [...]

    15. Alexander Veee on said:

      "Then she got dressed and took a walk. Some distance ahead, she saw a stream. At first it meant nothing to her, until she remembered streams carried water, and that water was the one thing in the world only she could communicate with. But when she sat by the edge of the stream, letting her eyes follow the current, she had the sudden notion that this water was not addressing her and might even carry her memories off to some faraway place, wearing them down. Her eyes made her concentrate on a leaf [...]

    16. Philip on said:

      Absolutely astonishing. Every story. But the novella, The Daisy Dolls, included in the collection is simply something else I won't ever forget. The conceit in almost every piece in this collection relies on an intrusion into other's lives by the narrators – even when welcomed or simply acting as witness – feels stirringly authentic and relative to any relationship a human can have with one another, an animal, or thing; no matter the surreal or absurd scenarios Hernandez conjures.

    17. Joe Milazzo on said:

      Edward Gorey + Julio Cortazar + Erik Satie = Felisberto Hernandez

    18. Rebecca on said:

      This collection of stories by Felisberto Hernandez is weird in the most pleasing of ways. For some reason, it took me a long time to work my way through it. I would abandon it for days at a time, perhaps due to lack of interest? While the stories were each interesting in their own way, once I read one I wasn't chomping at the bit to move on to the next story. But I still enjoyed it. Hernandez will make you think "What the f**k?" as easily as lifting up his pen. I found "A Stray Horse" to be tedi [...]

    19. Mike on said:

      I picked up the two available translations of Felisberto at the library, on the impulse that the Quay Brothers new film I'd be seeing at Columbus's Wexner Center was based on his writing. Humorously, I could not remember why since it was months ago that I got them and I went through a couple premieres of puppet shows at the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts trying desperately to see the connection to Felisberto.I would love to say that I loved these stories and they were totally clever and brilliant [...]

    20. M on said:

      Wonderful, magical, confusing, mysterious, thought provoking: everything I love in a story collection. After I finished one of the stories (The Two Stories)I spent a half hour contemplating on the meaning of a short paragraph: "In spite of everything, I seem to be gettingbetter all the time at writing about what happensto me. Too bad I'm also doing worse."The author was a pianist and draws on that experience in several of the stories. My First Concert was lively and fun.The Stray Horse and The G [...]

    21. Oriana on said:

      I just wish I could tell you how long this book has been sitting on my shelf, next to the Cortázar and Borges and Calvino, taunting me. I know he is cited as a primary influence by most of the authors I revere. I know the stories are slippery-strange, shivery-beautiful. I think that the guy who is most responsible for shaping my literary tastes as an adult even bought this for me. Like half a dozen years ago. And yet Nothing. I've never even read the fucking flaps.

    22. Stas on said:

      "If I hadn't read the stories of Felisberto Hernandez in 1950, I wouldn't be the writer I am today. Because he taught me that the most haunting mysteries are those of everyday life." Gabrial Garcia Marquez"Felisberto Hernandez is a writer like no other: like no European, nor any Latin American. He is an "irregular" who eludes all classification and labeling, yet is unmistakable on any page to which one might randomly open one of his books." Italo Calvino

    23. Phillip Ramos on said:

      Inventive, strange and totally original. Felisberto's stories are somewhat kafka-esque; exploring a reality with some form of distortion. Overall his work seems to have a subconscious and a dreamlike quality.

    24. Joseph on said:

      "The piano was a nice person. When I sat close to him, pressing a lot of his white or black fingers with a few of mine, he let out drops of sound, and combining the sounds with our fingers we both felt sad."

    25. Quiver on said:

      Magic, dreamy, perplexing. An excellent way to bridge the twilight hours between waking and sleep.

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      Poetic, lyrical, and dense. These are stories that you want to take your time reading and let the language flow over you.

    27. K's Bognoter on said:

      Sære. Felisberto Hernández’ historier er sære. Meget sære. Men også sært fascinerende.Læs min anmeldelse her: bognoter/2016/06/26/felisbe

    28. Bill Hsu on said:

      "The Daisy Dolls" is quite wonderful. I'm afraid I found most of the rest a little thin. I can see why Hernandez was very influential though.

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