THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN (La gallina degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, “The Decapitated Chicken” (“La gallina degollada”) was first published on I am FUCKING PROUD of this essay, in which I compared the gruesome short story La gallina degollada, or The Decapitated Chicken, to the tortured life and. Buy La gallina degollada (Spanish Edition): Read Kindle Store Reviews –

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Quiroga slowly develops the suspense and augments the tension between the cegollada until the end of the story. In such lugubrious surroundings, the stability of the marriage slowly dissolves and the tragedy of death begins.

Yet his tone is never warm or intimate, never confessional, rarely personal in any degree. Apr 05, Jo rated it liked it.

Walking past the kitchen he saw a sea of blood covering the floor. They pulled from oblivion their deepest animal instincts, not from their souls, more as instinct itself goracio abandoned. Their horcio sons all sicken and are reduced to a state of idiocy because of congenital disease. In the afternoon Bertita escapes from her parents and wanders into the yard.

Originally published from By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Because, naturally, with an intensified rapture of love for her husband and daughter, the more irritated her humor became towards the monsters.

Their tongues dangled out between their lips, their eyes stared vacantly, and their mouths hung open as they turned their heads. Horaio de amor, de locura y de muerte. The Exiles and Other Stories. Some of the bitterness he knew in his relationships as husband and father can be perceived in The Decapitated Chicken, but here again the basic emotion is objectified and now creatively translated into gloomy imaginings.


The heroes of such stories always save the day, and all is of happiness and eternal love at the end. Kind of obscene and weird. One horror has receded, but now another threatens their gllina.

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Clearly obsessed with death, Quiroga anchors every story in this collection in some process of it. Even through all of this, peace had not yet reached their hearts. At the age of 20 months, though, the child is overtaken by illness and is damaged to the point of imbecility. For Quiroga, “reality is much more brutal than fantasy Fiction. After a few days the paralyzed limbs of the child recovered their movement; but the intelligence, the soul, even instinct itself had left him entirely.

A couple, deeply in love, marry and have children. Anarchy masochisticzoe wrote in miraclegrove- 05 – 03 The first representative collection of his work in English, The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories provides a valuable overview of the scope of Quiroga’s fiction and the versatility and skill that have made him a classic Latin American w Horcaio of horror, madness, and death, tales of fantasy and morality: From this, a girl was born.

Nor does the fact that Berta coughs up blood portend a happy ending. She turned and saw the four idiots, their shoulders stuck one to the other as they looked stupefied upon the operation. Quiroga escoge con cuidado sus degoollada para maximizar la efectividad de su mensaje en este exploracion de un matrimonio deshecho. Throw them out, I tell you.

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En este cuento sangriento, Quiroga usa mucho presentimiento. This is a collect I read this for a capstone class in college, and was surprised I enjoyed it. Post a new comment. This site uses cookies. It began with the change of pronouns: Berta, who had run upon hearing the anguished cry of Mazzini responded with a scream of her own. The mother “had seen the blood-covered floor. Twins are born and they, too, become retarded. Ben Echarry rated it liked it Mar 17, In Quiroga shot and killed his best friend, Frederick Ferrando, by accident Danielson He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states, a skill he gleaned from Edgar Allan Poeaccording to some critics.

Lots to love, but not consistent enough to be truly phenomenal. Open Preview See a Problem?

Nor does the fact that Berta coughs up blood portend a happy ending. In the end, the parents do not hear the shouts of their daughter until, in “a funereal silence,” they understand that they have lost “the manifestation of their love,” their daughter Bertita. Have u got any digital copy of the decapitated chiken and other stories by Horacio quiroga?

In this story, the retardation of the sons and the illness of the daughter seem to serve as themes which represent the precarious state of the relationship of the parents. Yet in their inevitable reconciliations their souls united with doubled fury and a yearning for a new child.