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Thus have been Their Faces bargains a accomplished number of the fast fiction of Silvina Ocampo, certainly one of many 20th century’s nice masters of the tale and the novella. listed below are stories of doubles and impostors, angels and demons, a marble statue of a winged horse that speaks, a stunning seer who writes the autobiography of her personal loss of life, a lapdog who documents the goals of an previous girl, a suicidal romance, and lots more and plenty else that's wonderful, mad, elegant, and scrumptious. Italo Calvino has written that no different writer “better captures the magic inside of daily rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t convey us.” Jorge Luis Borges flatly declared, “Silvina Ocampo is certainly one of our greatest writers. Her tales don't have any equivalent in our literature.”
Dark, gothic, outstanding, and gruesome, those haunting tales are one of the world’s such a lot person and most interesting.
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