The Best Short Stories of the 20th Century-the View from Spain

El Pais had a brief take on some of the best short stories of the 20th Century. It is a very anglophone list, but interesting as a view from the other side of the Atlantic.

Raymond Carver
Cathedral (1983)
James Joyce
The Dead (1914)
Henry James
The Beast in the Jungle (1903)
Juan Rulfo
No oyes ladrar a los perros (1953)
Julio Cortázar
Graffiti (1981)
Ramón del Valle-Inclán
El miedo (1902)
Truman Capote
Deslumbramiento (1982)
Jorge Luis Borges
El espejo y la máscara (1975)
J. D. Salinger
The Laughing Man (1953)
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Return to Babilonia (1929)
Ingeborg Bachmann
Problems, Problems (1972)
Katherine Mansfield
The Fly (1922)
Ring Lardner
Champion (1924)
Medardo Fraile
The Album (1959)
Flannery O’Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955)
Katherine Mansfield
In the Bay(1921)
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2 thoughts on “The Best Short Stories of the 20th Century-the View from Spain

  1. As yo’ve pointed out, a very anglophoe list. I loved Rulfo’s Paramo though it also scared me. Do you know if his short stories are available in English? I love your blog.

  2. Yes, they are. The translated title is The Burning Plain and other stories. (El Llano en Llamas). He only wrote one novel, one book of short stories, and a few screen plays that are not available in English. The Burring Plain has has some of my favorite stories, especially Luvina. You still maybe able to listen to him reading a couple here: https://bythefirelight.com/2010/02/19/juan-rulfo-reading-his-stories-luvina-and-tell-them-not-to-kill-me/ Thanks for reading.

    The Burning Plain: and other Stories (Texas Pan-American Series)

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