One of the most famous micro-stories written in Spanish comes from the pen of the writer Augusto Monterroso. It consists of seven words and. Literary tattoo of the shortest story, “El Dinosaurio” by Augusto Monterroso. Below is a quick translation that I wrote of The Dinosaur (El dinosaurio) by Augusto Monterroso. I did this as an exercise in one of my Fall classes Here and.

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In he returned definitively to Mexico City, where he would occupy various academic and editorial posts and continue his work as a writer for the rest of his life. Is the narrator omniscient and impersonal situated on the same plane?

Quote by Augusto Monterroso: “Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba a”

By the tiniest but monterros unmistakable of indications, a signal or hint that the careful narrator gives the reader as he tells his pared-clown tale: Monterroso was born in TegucigalpaHonduras to a Honduran mother and Guatemalan father. This is a translation of the shortest short story after all.

In fact, since its publication in in dinosauri Works and other stories”, it has been analyzed and used in different ways. Views Read Edit View history. But this is not all.

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“Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí. ”

Proceso11 February Green, how I want you green. For example, this micro-story was widely used in Mexico due to the constant victories of the PRI.


The stakes had been lowered, and the English lacked the punch of the Spanish original. Donne, perhaps the most popular of the so-called metaphysical poets, was an expert at making metaphysical conceits, comparisons, unusual similes or metaphores which are more ingenious that either true or appropriate.

It consists of seven words and reads:. The subject is implicit, so, the subject could be He, She or It. Imagine a frog from Calaveras County who has seriously read Mark Twain. One of the most famous micro-stories written in Spanish comes from the pen of the writer Augusto Monterroso.

Here I am including one that has caught my attention. Monterroso was the author of what is often credited to be one of the world’s shortest stories, “El Dinosaurio” “The Dinosaur”published in Obras completas Y otros cuentos. Mario Vargas Llosa, the minterroso Peruvian storyteller, uses the story monterrosl an illustration in some of his Letters to a Young Novelist. I ne slight adaptations aufusto later rumination, but decided on this version mere hours after leaving the class.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Many people have tried to explain the meaning of this micro-story in different ways.

Notify me of new comments via email. Some have given it a philosophical explanation, mobterroso other stick to the use of metaphors in order to reach an appropriate explanation of the seven words and the comma.

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September 29, at 5: Certainly, literary critics have done their part in analyzing Monterroso’s micro-story to great lenghts. Shortly after his arrival in Mexico, the revolutionary government of Jacobo Arbenz triumphed in Guatemala, and Monterroso was assigned to a minor post in the Guatemalan embassy in Mexico.

Institutional Revolutionary Partythat managed to retain power for over seventy years. The sensation of the poem is incredibly difficult to grasp in English, and many people have analyzed this poem to no end, so I am not going to do that, but instead make a few select remarks about why I translated this story the way I did. He was killed at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War when he was 38 years of age. In his family settled definitively in Guatemala Citywhere he would remain until early adulthood.

December 10, at 1: September 29, at 4: Reading John Donne is always a pleasure. Verde que te quiero verde. Skip to content One of the best short stories is just one sentence long- The Dinosaur by Augusto Monterroso. He was detained and exiled to Mexico City in for his opposition to the dictatorial regime.