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You must read Felisberto Hernández.
—Roberto Bolaño

Bound together in mystical crocodile skin, two unforgettably singular novellas

Two Crocodiles

by Fyodor Dostoevsky Felisberto Hernández

Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett Esther Allen

Two Crocodiles highlights two literary masters from opposite ends of the world — Russia’s Fyodor Dostoevsky and Uruguay’s Felisberto Hernández.  Dostoevsky’s crocodile, cruelly displayed in a travelling 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.

Hernández’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.

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You must read Felisberto Hernández.
—Roberto Bolaño
Dostoevsky is a literary titan.
—David Foster Wallace