Two Crocodiles (New Directions Pearls) (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811220989, 78pp.
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Two Crocodiles highlights two literary masters from opposite ends of the world -- Russia's Fyodor Dostoevsky and Uruguay's Felisberto Hern ndez. Dostoevsky's crocodile, cruelly displayed in a traveling sideshow, gobbles whole a pretentious high-ranking civil servant. But the functionary survives unscathed and seizes his new unique platform to expound to the fascinated public. Dostoevsky's Crocodile is a matchless, hilarious satire.
Hern ndez's Crocodile, on the other hand, while also terribly funny, is a heartbreaker. A pianist struggling to make ends meet as a salesman finds success when he begins to weep before clients and audience alike, but then he can't stop the crocodile tears.