Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories

by: Silvina Ocampo

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Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories by Silvina Ocampo / ISBN 9781590177679 / 384 page paperback (with Remedios Varo on the cover) from New York Review of Books Classics original

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“Ocampo mixes unembellished narration and dark, fantastic elements into a heady cocktail.”--Heather Cleary, Lit Hub

Thus Were Their Faces offers a comprehensive selection of the short fiction of Silvina Ocampo, undoubtedly one of the twentieth century’s great masters of the story and the novella. Here are tales of doubles and impostors, angels and demons, a marble statue of a winged horse that speaks, a beautiful seer who writes the autobiography of her own death, a lapdog who records the dreams of an old woman, a suicidal romance, and much else that is incredible, mad, sublime, and delicious. Italo Calvino has written that no other writer “better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us.” Jorge Luis Borges flatly declared, “Silvina Ocampo is one of our best writers. Her stories have no equal in our literature.”

Dark, gothic, fantastic, and grotesque, these haunting stories are among the world’s most individual and finest.