Read in Spanish: 3 reasons why you should read Horacio Quiroga

If you are studying Spanish, reading is fundamental for your development as a Spanish speaker. It
helps you to grow your vocabulary, gain fluency and more importantly, know more about the Hispanic culture.

(If you want to learn some tips on how to start reading in Spanish, check our 1-minute video HERE)

And if you like psychological thrillers mixed with supernatural and horror nuances, you should meet Horacio Quiroga.

Who was Horacio Quiroga? 

Horacio Quiroga is considered the Latin-American father of psychologic horror stories. He was born in Uruguay in 1878 and committed suicide on February 19th, 1937 at age 58. His life was a tragic one, with accidental deaths, suicides (yes, in plural) and illness, which inspired many of his writings.

Here we give you 3 reasons why you should read his stories.

1- It gives you the creeps

Though his main work was published a century ago, it can still scare you and play with your imagination so much that you may consider twice before buying a feather pillow (even a synthetic one). Inspired by the new XXth century science, many of his stories have a real scientific base, giving plausible causes for supernatural facts. "The Feather Pillow" is an example of this, a story in which a young woman is inexplicably dying...until something horrific is discovered at her deathbed.

2- Much of his work is considered a must-read

Quiroga is now considered a classic in Latin-American literature; "Tales of Love, Madness and Death" (Cuentos de Amor, de Locura y de Muerte), published in 1917, includes classic short stories such as "The Feather Pillow" ("El almohadón de Plumas) and "The Beheaded Hen"(La Gallina Degollada), two of the most creepy and terrifying stories that Latin America has read. Also, "The Dead Man", published in 1920, a psychological tale about surviving and death in the voice of a dying man who does not want to breathe for the last time, has become a classic story because of the language used in the description of his final moments. 

3- He is the Latin-American Edgar Allan Poe

Poe was a dammed poet; alcoholic and disturbed by his thoughts, wrote great poetry and fantastic stories. Quiroga admired him and thrived under his influence and like Poe, he also had a tragic life. Surrounded by death from an early age, his writings are similar to the Baltimore poet in terms of themes and structure. He considered Poe along with Maupassant, Kipling and Chekov, a master in whom you should believe as if he were God himself. Poe's influences can be seen in most of his work, mainly involving mental illnesses, supernatural events explained by scientific facts and love that turns into madness or terror. 

Horacio Quiroga is one of our favorite writers and because we love him so much, we have chosen some of his stories to adapt for Spanish students. We believe that everyone should be able to know this fantastic story-teller and have sleepless nights after reading some of his most creepy stories. 

We hope we've convinced you to do it so!



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