"The Nail", and Other Stories

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Bucknell University Press, 1997 - Fiction - 131 pages
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In this book, eight stories written by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon have been brought together in English for the first time. The nail in "The Nail" is found driven into a disinterred skull, and if some of the events are implausible and others incredible, it is also true that there is considerable suspense and mystery. "The Cornet" draws more heavily on historical reality, with its depiction of the horror of civil war and factual detail. Noteworthy for its first-person narration and rapid-fire dialogue, "The Cornet" paints an episode of fraternal love and the power of the will. "The Orderly," although set against the same Carlist War background, has more to do with a military "attitude" than a Carlist "War", and describes the transformation effected in one officer by one orderly.

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Contents

Translators Preface
9
Introduction
17
The Nail
27
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

DOB: December 13, 1945

Robert Fedorchek is Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Fairfield University.

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