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Felisberto Hernandez (October 20, 1902 – January 13, 1964) was an Uruguayan writer and pianist.
Hernández is considered to be the forefather of Magic realism, predating writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino and Julio Cortázar, who all note Hernández as a major influence. His fiction often explores the secret vitality contained in inanimate objects.
Some of his most famous stories are: "The Balcony," "My First Concert," and "Daisy Dolls."
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
Hernández' life and work was the subject of the short film Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H by the animation filmmakers the Quay Brothers. The short was inspired in particular by the Hernández short stories "The Balcony" and "The Flooded House" and is available to view as part of the British Film Institute's Blu-ray collection of the Quays films.
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