Confabulario and Other Inventions

9780292710306: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1964

illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 263

Series Clássicos/Clásicos, Texas Pan American Series

University of Texas Press

Confabulario and Other Inventions

Written by
Juan José Arreola
,
Translated by
George D. Schade
,
Illustrated by
Kelly Fearing
Paperback / £20.99

This biting commentary on the follies of mankind by a noted Mexican author cuts deeply yet leaves readers laughing—at themselves as well as at others. With his surgical intelligence, Juan José Arreola exposes the shams and hypocrisies, the false values and vices, the hidden diseases of society. Confabulario total, 1941–1961, of which this book is a translation, combines three earlier books—Varia invención (1949), Confabulario (1952), Punta de plata (1958)—and numerous later pieces.

Although some of the pieces have a noticeably Mexican orientation, most of them transcend strictly regional themes to interpret the social scene in aspects common to all civilized cultures. Arreola’s view is not limited; much of his sophistication comes from his broad, deep, and varied knowledge of present and past, and from his almost casual use both of this knowledge and of his insight into its meaning for humanity. His familiarity with many little-known arts and sciences, numerous literatures, history, anthropology, and psychology, and his telling allusions to this rich lode of fact, increase the reader’s delight in his learned but witty, scalding but poetic, satire.

  • Introduction
  • Translator’s Acknowledgments
  • BESTIARY
    • Prologue (1957)
    • The Rhinoceros (1958)
    • The Toad (1951)
    • The Bison (1959)
    • Birds of Prey (1959)
    • The Ostrich (1959)
    • Insectiad (1951)
    • The Water Buffalo (1959)
    • Felines (1959)
    • The Bear (1959)
    • The Owl (1959)
    • The Elephant (1959)
    • Moles (1951)
    • The Camel Family (1959)
    • The Boa (1955)
    • The Hippopotamus (1958)
    • The Zebra (1959)
    • The Giraffe (1959)
    • The Hyena (1958)
    • Deer (1959)
    • The Seals (1958)
    • Water Birds (1959)
    • Monkeys (1959)
    • The Axolotl (1960)
  • PROSODY
    • Alarm for the Year 2000 (1961)
    • Homage to Otto Weininger (1960)
    • Post Scriptum (1960)
    • Telemaquia (1960)
    • Inferno V (1959)
    • Allons Voir si la Rose (1961)
    • The Language of Cervantes (1959)
    • The Trap (1960)
    • Disarmed Gentleman (1959)
    • From L’osservatore (1961)
    • Either Or (1959)
    • Achtung! Lebende Tiere! (1957)
    • Liberty (1951)
    • The Encounter (1952)
    • The Last Wish (1959)
    • Imaginary Woman (1951)
    • Epithalamium (1951)
    • Elegy (1951)
    • A Theory on Dulcinea (1951)
    • Metamorphosis (1959)
    • Flower of Ancient Rhetoric (1951)
    • Flash (1955)
    • The Diamond (1951)
    • Honeymoon (1955)
    • The Map of Lost Objects (1955)
    • Mad with Love (1951)
    • Gravity (1951)
    • The Cave (1952)
    • Others’ Possessions (1955)
  • CONFABULARIO
    • Parturient Montes (1953)
    • I’m Telling You the Truth (1951)
    • Interview (1949)
    • The Rhinoceros (1950)
    • The Bird Spider (1949)
    • Figment of a Dream (1949)
    • A Reputation (1952)
    • The Switchman (1951)
    • The Disciple (1950)
    • Eve (1949)
    • The Assassin (1949)
    • Small Town Affair (1952)
    • The Song of Peronelle (1950)
    • Autrui (1951)
    • Sinesius of Rhodes (1952)
    • Monologue of the Man Who Won’t Give In
    • Epitaph (1950)
    • The Prodigious Milligram (1951)
    • Cocktail Party (1959)
    • Aristotle’s Lay (1950)
    • The Condemned One (1951)
    • My Daily Bread (1952)
    • Notes Full of Rancor (1950)
    • Nabonides (1949)
    • You and I (1959)
    • The Lighthouse (1949)
    • In Memoriam (1952)
    • Balthasar Gérard, 1555–1582 (1955)
    • Baby H.P. (1952)
    • Announcement (1961)
    • On Ballistics (1952)
    • News Item from Liberia (1959)
    • A Tamed Woman (1954)
  • VARIOUS INVENTIONS
    • Ballad (1952)
    • The Convert (1944)
    • A Pact with the Devil (1942)
    • Paul (1947)
    • Parable of the Exchange (1953)
    • Letter to a Shoemaker (1945)
    • God’s Silence (1943)
    • The Fraud (1946)
    • The Crow Catcher (1949)
    • Private Life (1947)
    • He Did Good While He Lived (1941)

Juan José Arreola (1918–2001) was a Mexican writer and academic. He is considered Mexico’s premier experimental short story writer of the twentieth century.

George D. Schade (1926–2010) was Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and was a noted translator.