From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Felisberto Hernandez (October 20, 1902-January 13, 1964) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was a talented self-taught pianist who earned a living playing in the silent-screen theaters and cafés of Uruguay. He is one of the greatest yet least known Latin American short-story writers.
What is interesting in Hernández’s fiction is the magic by-product of his anonymous first-person tales whose obsessive and deranged narrators have knocked down the wall between their minds and the empirical world and injected their obsessions into everyday life. He often used the events surrounding him as fodder for his fiction.
His fiction often attempts to exploit the secret vitality contained in inanimate objects.
Selected works translated into English
- Piano Stories, translated by Luis Harss, Marsilio Publishers, 1993
- Lands of Memory, translated by Esther Allen, New Directions Press, 2002