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Fario publishes English-language electronic editions of older books or shorter pieces originally published in German, Catalan, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Several original English-language stories are available as well.

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Midnight Mass and Other Stories
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 86,400. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Brazilian Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was the finest storyteller of nineteenth-century Latin America. "Midnight Mass and Other Stories" offers a selection of Machado's tales, from the oft-translated and sly erotic title story, a classic of Brazilian literature, to such brief ironic tales, not previously translated into English, as "A Game," "Coimbra the Clerk," and "Sooner the Tarpeian Rock."
Kamikaze and Other Stories
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 33,560. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Translator J. LePuen offers a book of stories of his own. In "Kamikaze," a high-school student discovers the surprising lengths his classmates will go to to ensure they get passing grades. In "Separate but Equal," a basketball game nearly triggers a race riot. Other stories follow their protagonists out of Caddo Parish, La., and into the wider world.
Captain Mendonça
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"I felt an acute pain in the top part of my skull; a foreign object went in to the inside of my brain. I know nothing else. I think I fainted. When I came to, the laboratory was empty. Father and daughter had disappeared. I had the impression there was a curtain in front of me. A loud and hoarse voice resounded in my ears."
Betrothal in Santo Domingo
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Price: $1.40 USD. Words: 14,360. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / German
"In Port-au-Prince, on the French side of the island of Santo Domingo, there lived, at the beginning of the century, when the blacks were killing the whites, a dreadful old Negro by the name of Congo Hoango."
Novena for the Dead
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Spanish & Portuguese
"I found myself in the grips of an obsession: death, death, death. All of the dead in my family were turning up in my thoughts. My good grandfather, my little brother, an old maid whose body I had seen lain out—they reappeared before my eyes, lying on black biers, as pale as wax, with sunken eyes, turned to stone in the impressive state of eternal slumber."
The September Revolution
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"Liberty, fraternity, equality! . . . What noble heart could take fright at the triumph of such Christian principles?" So the narrator of Oller's ironic tale of bitter disillusionment with youthful ideals asks himself only shortly before a mob of unruly revolutionaries comes to burn and pillage his family's house. Translated from Catalan by G. López de Górgolas.
The Vaccination
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"By and large," the straying wife of Frank Wedekind's classic erotic tale says to her young lover, "husbands are jealous only so long as they have no reason to be. As soon as there really is a reason for them to be jealous, it’s as if they were stricken with terminal blindness.”
The Diplomat
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"At forty, he was disabused of his ambitions, but his temper remained the same, and, his conjugal vocation notwithstanding, he still couldn’t find a bride. More than one would have would have accepted him with great pleasure; he was so circumspect he lost them all."
Coimbra the Clerk
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
The aging clerk Coimbra no longer believes in much. Not even his long-standing faith in the lottery--"I'm no longer of the age to hope," he admits--is entirely steadfast. He resolves, then, to buy one last ticket, for the drawing for the huge sum of five hundred contos.
The Pale Woman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
Máximo, an impoverished young poet and student, inherits a fortune on the unexpected death of his godfather. His own fortunes, however, are not greatly improved.
Sooner the Tarpeian Rock
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"People recall an abyss with pleasure; it is impossible to recall a bore without dread. Sooner the Tarpeian Rock than an author of ill repute."
The Back Room
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Spanish & Portuguese
"The Back Room" is an English translation of "La rebotiga," Catalan journalist Robert Robert's gently ironic account of a desultory evening gathering in the room in back of an apothecary's. Josep Pla, in his diary, calls it the finest piece of writing in Catalan from the so-called Renaixença.
Nameless Flower
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
Martinha, in her forties, finds herself alone. She has only the old aunt she lives with. One day, going through the mementos of her youth, she comes across a dried flower and reminisces about the circumstances in which, rare, beautiful, and fresh, it was given to her.
The Orange Corset
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,000. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / German
Fritz is the son of a Protestant minister whose church is in a village of eight hundred people. He will discover his life's calling when, having moved to the big city for high school, he sees an astonishing sight in the window of a shop just off a large square.
Holidays
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Young José Martins, let out of class early one day, heads home with his uncle and his older sister. On the way, he and his sister try to guess the reason--a party? a birthday? an election victory?--for their unexpected dismissal from class.
A School Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Chekhov noted that if, early in a story, mention was made of a rifle hanging on the wall, it would eventually have to go off. Hanging on the window frame of the schoolhouse in Machado de Assis's "A School Story" is not a rifle, but a paddle, complete with five holes drilled in it.
Trio in A Minor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
In "Trio in A Minor," Machado's classic tale of a love triangle in Brazilian high society, the intrigue plays out to the tune of the old sonata of the absolute.
Three yet One
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"Her gaze was not absent, as it had been shortly before; instead, it was fixed on the flowers on the wallpaper that lined the room. She noticed, for the first time, that the flowers were daisies. And she shifted her gaze from one to the next, to see if the pattern was the same, and she found that it was. Is that not delightful? Daisies painted on paper."
A Game
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"'Now, you’ve played cards with so many people, but only once, a long time ago, have you played with me, écarté. Isn’t écarté the name of that game you taught me? Let’s play a game.' Xavier started laughing."
Midnight Mass
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
It's Christmas Eve, 1861 or 1862. Seventeen-year-old Nogueira, a native of the provinces living in Rio de Janeiro for his studies, has arranged with a neighbor to go to midnight mass. Into the parlor where he is waiting up alone walks Dona Conceição, the thirty-year-old wife of the man in whose house he is lodging. "Midnight Mass," perhaps Machado's most beloved tale, is a Brazilian classic.
Botany Lesson
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012 by Fario. Category: Plays » Caribbean & Latin American
Baron Sigismundo de Kernoberg, a single Swede of thirty-nine, wedded to science alone, suddenly finds himself roped into giving botany lessons to a neighbor's lovely young niece.
Miss Dollar
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A classified ad is offering a large reward for the return of a lost greyhound. Mendonça, a single young doctor who has found the dog, makes his way to a house on Rua de Mata-cavalos, where the reward he ultimately collects is much different from the one mentioned in the classifieds.
Anecdote from the Last Prussian War
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012 by Fario. Category: Nonfiction » History » European
A lone Prussian cavalryman, a straggler from a routed army, fortifies himself with drink and sets off after three armed Frenchmen with no thought for his own safety.
Arms
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Fifteen-year-old Inácio has been sent to work as a runner for the lawyer Borges. Borges's wife, the full-figured twenty-seven-year-old Dona Severina, fires the young runner's imagination, and she herself finds her own ability to resist temptation sorely tested.
The Machete
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Inácio Ramos is a cellist. His young wife, daughter of a poor shopkeeper, does not understand his art. She is drawn instead to popular music and those who play it, above all to a mediocre law student who is back in Rio de Janeiro for the holidays.
Point of View
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"Our disagreement has a natural explanation. I am a single girl, full of complications, dreams, ambitions, and poetry; you are already a woman of the house, a calm and happy wife, soon to be a mother; you see things through a different lens."
False Confidences
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,450. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012 by Fario. Category: Plays » European / French
"A lover is permitted to look for ways to please, and he must be forgiven when he succeeds." Dorante, a well-bred and handsome but penniless young businessman, takes a position as an administrator for a rich and beautiful widow.
A Fire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
In Montevideo, on shore leave, a naval officer comes across a burning dressmaker's shop. Ever the chivalrous gentleman, he ignores the flames and the smoke and rushes up the stairs to the burning workshop.
Argos and His Master
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Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
"Life is this way: first you have to beg for things and then you have to growl to keep them." Argos's master has been sent to the mountains for his health. Bored, he resolves to teach his hunting dog to talk. The experiment fails, but he himself--the more advanced animal--manages to learn Argos's language.
The Wedding Mass
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 39,750. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Italian
The sculptor Lodovico Bertini turns up on a mysterious errand at the school where a friend of his is teaching Greek. He has come, it turns out, to witness the arrival of a passenger liner, aboard which is a man whose imminent return to Italy is throwing Bertini's life into turmoil.
Death
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Roberto and his wife have just dropped off their children at the station and are now alone with each other in their suddenly quiet house. This brief tale, left unfinished, is one of Svevo's most terrifying.
Confessions of a Journeyman Typesetter
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Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2012 by Fario. Category: Essay » Literature
Author, printer, and libertine Rétif de la Bretonne ("the French pornographer") was among the most eccentric public figures of eighteenth-century France. Gérard de Nerval, drawn to such eccentrics, examines the life of the extraordinary man whose work the 1911 Britannica deems "unfit for general perusal."
The Rosary
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Italian
Between prayers, as she says the rosary ("forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us"), an old woman refuses to pardon her newly widowed and destitute daughter.
Diary of a Would-be Translator
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012 by Fario. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
"Was briefly tempted to write today but then remembered that it was Sunday and that the last thing I wanted to be was a Sunday scribbler."
The Privileges
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012 by Fario. Category: Essay » Literature
"On 1 February and 1 June of every year the clothes of the favored man shall become as they were the third time he wore them."
The Seducer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / German
In this short tale by the German playwright Frank Wedekind, the narrator recounts the travails he goes through in an attempt to seduce a lovely young cousin. Translated by Juan LePuen.
A Crime
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / German
Cavalry captain von Hecht is stationed in the small provincial town of M. His relationship with the lovely young wife of a fat merchant by the name of Starke provides him his only distraction. But von Hecht is already thirty-six, he has gotten over the romantic notions of his youth, and in his relationship with his mistress there is real passion, dangerous passion, on only one side.
Road Hazards
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"We'll spend five minutes talking with some people, go from one station to the next with others, live two or three years, or even twenty, with others still. At bottom, though, we do nothing but run into each other (how long doesn't matter), run into each other and always by chance. And always part company."
Wedding Song
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Failed composer Maestro Romão, ill, is seeking desperately to complete a piece of music he had abandoned in 1779, shortly after his marriage. In this brief and moving tale by the Brazilian master Machado de Assis, one of his finest, the frustrated artist Romão struggles momentarily against the oblivion that, he now sees, will be his lot.
The Gold Watch
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
When Luís Negreiros returns home from the office one evening, he finds a fine watch and chain on a table in his bedroom. The watch isn't his and can't be his young and beautiful wife Clarinha's, either. Whose is it then? Luís Negreiros's suspicions are immediately aroused.
The Secret Cause
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The disquieting pleasures of a forty-year-old man are gradually made clear to a young doctor in this short story by the great Brazilian Machado de Assis. Translated by Juan LePuen.
The Man Who Was Shot
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 11,970. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / General
From the mountainous hinterlands of Catalonia comes the harrowing tale of a veteran of the Carlist Wars who survives his own execution by firing squad. When he returns from his journey to the hereafter, he is a changed man, known to all of his acquaintances as L'Afusellat--the man who was shot.
The Beautiful Death
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Price: $1.90 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The captain of the "Siracusa" has received orders to sail for Tangiers, where rebels have seized the Italian consulate. The blue peter is hoisted, and the sirens announcing the ship's departure echo off of the hills above Livorno. From all over the city, seamen and officers begin returning aboard--all of them, that is, but the junior lieutenant Luigi Carleoni, the ship captain's son.
The Philter
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Price: $2.15 USD. Words: 11,510. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / French
"The Philter" is a dual-language edition of "Le Philtre," Stendhal's brief tale of a young Spanish woman's inexplicable passion for a circus rider from Naples. Both the original French tale and the newly translated English version are hyperlinked to facilitate swift navigation from one language to the other.
Four Stories
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / French
This collection includes "Recollections of an Italian Gentleman," "The Jew," "The Chest and the Ghost," and "Philibert Lescale." All of the stories are newly translated, and two of them are appearing in English for what is perhaps the first time.
Benedictino
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Price: $1.55 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Spanish & Portuguese
For years, the aging civil servant Abel had been saving, for just the right occasion, two bottles of a precious liquor made by the monks of a Benedictine abbey. But in a cruel irony one of the bottles is uncorked by his friend Joaquín (known as Cain) in circumstances altogether different from those he had envisaged.
The Chest and the Ghost
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Price: $1.85 USD. Words: 8,340. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The leathery and slender chief of police don Blas Bustos y Mosquera has a handsome young nobleman, don Fernando, imprisoned for the crime of appearing before him with a fresh complexion and a cool demeanor. Don Fernando's fiancée comes to plead his case, but her beauty merely prompts the sinister don Blas's attempts to secure don Fernando's permanent removal from his native Granada.
Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Impurity, and the Trials of the Amateur
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Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012 by Fario. Category: Essay » Literature
"To me," wrote Peruvian Julio Ramón Ribeyro, "the crippled, the cretins, the beggars, and the pariahs. They come naturally to me without my having to summon them."
Recollections of an Italian Gentleman
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Price: $2.20 USD. Words: 11,060. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / French
"Recollections of an Italian Gentleman" is a tale of a young man turned collaborator in a Rome occupied by French troops and then annexed to Napoleon's empire. The young collaborator recalls the events that marked these turbulent days, among them the abduction of the Pope by the French--His Holiness fiddled with his snuffbox during the entire operation--and the execution of the bandit Spatolino.
The Love Letters
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / German
The leading lady of a company of actors receives love letters from an unknown admirer. She and the oldest member of the company--the notary--continue to speculate about the admirer's identity even after it becomes clear who he is.
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