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Literature Summaries

Available here are short (1 to 2 page) summaries of popular short stories from Spanish and Latin American literature. For each story we provide in Spanish a summary and a discussion or a critique of the major themes. These summaries are ideal for the literature enthusiast or student interested in a review for school or to assist with a homework project. Among the authors reviewed in this site are Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Almudena Grandes, Horacio Quiroga and Julio Cortázar. If you have a suggestion of a short story which you would like to see, please send us a message at info@spanish360withfabiana.com.

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  1. Summary of "La prodigiosa tarde de Baltazar"

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    This review is a description and analysis of the short story written by Gabriel García Márquez highlights the author’s focus on themes social classes, conflict between the classes, dignity, idealism and religious symbolism. (2 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
  2. Summary of "Cartas de mamá"

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    This is one of the most widely read short stories by Julio Cortázar. Within this summary is a description and analysis of the story of the Argentine couple, Luis and Lara, and their life in Paris as they attempt to leave behind their previous lives in Buenos Aires (2 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
  3. Summary of "La mujer del juez"

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    Within this summary is a description and analysis of this emotive classic by Isabel Allende. We summarize the powerful story of Casilda, the judge´s wife, who invokes her inner strengths to conquer adversity which she encounters (2 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
  4. Summary of "Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes"

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    Within this summary is a description and analysis of the short story written by the Colombian writer Garbriel García Márquez which describes the human response to those who are different. It is an excellent example of the literary style known as magic realism (3 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
  5. Summary of "La noche boca arriba"

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    Within this summary is a description and analysis of this story which describes its protagonist’s experiences after a motorcycle accident takes him into another world. This short story provides classic examples of Cortazár’s emblematic style of portrayal of alternate realities (3 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
  6. Summary of "La biblioteca de Babel"

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    This review is a description of the short story written by Jorge Luis Borges which describes a world which consists of a gigantic library which contains every possible book that can be written (3 page summary in Spanish). Learn More
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