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The Writer’s Decalogue: Ten* suggestions for writers, Augusto Monterroso

  The Writer’s Decalogue: Ten* suggestions for writers, Augusto Monterroso From   Augusto Monterroso (1921-2003) was most well known for his very short stories.  His story, “The Dinosaur,” is often referred to as the shortest short story in literature.  In Spanish, it has just seven words: Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí. When he … Continue reading

“A Few Words About Short Stories,” Augusto Monterroso

From “A Few Words About Short Stories,” Augusto Monterroso Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Augusto Monterroso (1921- 2003) is mainly known as a Guatemalan writer.  In his early life in Guatemala city, where his family relocated in 1936, Monterroso began to publish his short stories and was one of the founders of El Espectador with several other writers.  Due to his clandestine … Continue reading

Warnings to a Writer, Advice to a Writer, Gabriel García Márquez

  From Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Gabriel García Márquez (1927, Aracataca, Colombia), “one of the most significant writers of the 20th century,” pioneer of magic realism, creator of Macondo, Nobel Prize winner, needs little introduction. García Márquez has excelled as a journalist, novelist, and short story writer.  His stories transport the reader far from reality but root … Continue reading

Jorge Luis Borges On Writing Short Stories: El Zahir

  Jorge Luis Borges On Writing Short Stories: El Zahir from   Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is one of the best-known Latin American writers.  It is difficult to summarize Borges in a few sentences.  The best way to get to know Borges is to read his stories.  Many think he was a genius.  His short … Continue reading

16 Rules for Writing by Jorge Luis Borges

16 Rules for Writing by Jorge Luis Borges from In one of their many collaborative endeavors, Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares planned to write a story with Silvina Ocampo set in France.  The story never came to be, but what does survive from those days is Borges’ ironic list of 16 pieces of advice of what an author should NEVER … Continue reading

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Mario Vargas Llosa (1936, Perú) was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his remarkable career and body of work as a writer.  The Academy awarded him the Prize “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”  He…