Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza (31 December 1878 19 February 1937) was an Uruguayan playwright, poet and (above all) short story writer.
He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the struggle of man and animal to survive. He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states . His influence can be seen in the Latin American magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the postmodern surrealism of Julio Cortazar.
Horacio Quiroga was born in Salto, Uruguay in 1878Chang-Rodriguez, R. and Filer, M. (2004). Voces de Hispanoamerica. Tercera Edicion. Boston: Heinle. as the sixth child to a middle class family. At the time of his birth, his father worked for eighteen years as head of the Vice-Consulate Argentine Break. Before Quiroga was two and half months old, on March 14th of 1879 his father accidentally fired a gun he carried in his hand and died. Quiroga was baptized just about 3 months later in the parish of his birth town.
Horacio Quiroga Biography at LitWeb.net
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