When I read the previous story I mentioned, I thought I happened to come across a story where someone dies (I picked one in the middle of the book, based on the name)... Now I won't be surprised if the whole book is like that
In terms of writing about death he reminds me on Bunin (I've read less than a handful of stories by Bunin and in each one someone froze to death in cold Russia). Except Quiroga is not so repetitive.
December 31 was Horacio Quiroga's birthday so I decided to read something (but only got around to it after midnight, so no more stories for 2019)
Usually I begin collections by reading the shortest story, but the shortest was a 7-page story called El hombre muerto, so my first pick was something else
Now that I know many of his stories are about death, I went ahead and read this one
It had really beautiful descriptions of the nature, of dying peacefully from a fatal accident, in a rural area near your plantation, surrounded by things you've seen grow during your life. Nice. I also happened to be drinking coca cola and it fit the leisurely atmosphere
Before sleep I also finished a book of short stories in Italian. Also!!! I opened the book "Cuentos fantásticos modernistas de Hispanoamérica" and realized I had read many stories, probably in 2015 or so? Wow. Seems like I've read most of those under 5-7 pages. Interesting to realize that the difference between 3 pages and 8 pages must've been a big deal to me
(admittedly Quiroga's book has a glossary)
Among the remaining ones there's one more story by Quiroga, which is probably what I'll read next from that book. Mostly because it's easier to read a familiar author.