Fernando Sorrentino
FERNANDO SORRENTINO
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BIOGRAPHY
I am Fernando Sorrentino, and I'm going to write this note in the first person so that I'll be totally responsible for the truth of my words. I was born in Buenos Aires, on November 8th, 1942.
As worthy men have said, in my fiction there is a curious mixture of fantasy and humour that sometimes comes in a grotesque framework, and always in a verisimilar one. I like reading more than writing, and, in fact, I don't write too much. After thirty two years, I do not have a long bibliography to show.
My narrative work is made up of six short story books (La regresion zoologica, 1969; Imperios y servidumbres, 1972; El mejor de los mundos posibles, 1976; En defensa propia, 1982; El remedio para el rey ciego, 1984; El rigor de las desdichas, 1994), a long tale (Costumbres de los muertos, 1996), and a not too long novel (Sanitarios centenarios, 1979). My books for children have, mutatis mutandis, those same characteristics, and include the following: Cuentos del Mentiroso, 1978; Aventuras del capitan Bancalari, 1999. I am also the author of two interview books: Siete conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges, 1974; Siete conversaciones con Adolfo Bioy Casares, 1992.
I can easily state that my stories are found in a certain number of anthologies in Spanish, English and other languages. As far as I know, I have been translated into the following languages: English, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tamil. I also write essays about Argentinian literature, which are generally published in the newspaper La Nacion, in Buenos Aires.
As with anybody else, to a greater or lesser extent, I have received a good number of literary prizes. To sum up, I am relatively happy.
STORIES
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In the southeast region of the plains of Buenos Aires, you might come across the Cubelli Lagoon, known as the "Lake of the Dancing Alligator."
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi
4 Stars
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After watching a debate on the perils of a consumerist society, a man turns off his television and heads to a bicycle shop.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
3 Stars
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The narrator captures a rare rabbit-like creature, thought to be extinct for over a century.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
5 Stars
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A man meets his girlfriend's parents.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
4 Stars
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An unusual birthday treat.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
2 Stars
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A young employee has an encounter with the company general manager.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
3 Stars
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A troublesome package is left at the home of an employee of the Insignia Financial Group.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
3 Stars
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Rivalry erupts amongst the inhabitants of an apartment building.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
5 Stars
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A man notices a small wart on his left hand.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
4 Stars
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A man makes a living out of other people's superstitions.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
4 Stars
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A profile of the timid but highly irritating man known to his friends as Luke.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
4 Stars
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Detailing Dr Ludwig Boitus' studies of the strangely charastmatic Caliguinas bird.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi
4 Stars
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Revealing the sinister hidden agenda behind the apparently pointless behaviour of a particular type of tiny green insect.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi
2 Stars
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A man investigates an increasingly common phenomenon involving carnivorous lambs with a highly developed sense of justice.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi
4 Stars
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Not your everyday problem.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Humor
5 Stars
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