Fario

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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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The Jew
By Stendhal
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"Not having anything to read, I write. It's the same kind of pleasure, only more intense."
The Haiduks
By Panait Istrati
Price: $4.75 USD. Words: 34,190. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction
It is Romania in the time of the Ottoman occupation. A band of brigands--the haiduks--has taken up arms against the Turk. Led by the lovely Floarea Codrilor, the haiduks do battle not only with the armies of mercenaries sent by the Sublime Porte, the bashi-bazouks, but also with debased Romanian aristocrats, the boyars and gospodars who would betray their native land to the foreign occupier.
José Matias
By José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"José Matias," the tale of a man of leisure who is going to his grave accompanied by a very brief procession of carriages, highlights, perhaps more than any other tale of his, the gentle irony—equal parts affection and sarcasm—that makes the work of the great nineteenth-century Portuguese writer José Maria de Eça de Queirós so delightful to the contemporary reader. Words: 8,600
The Wet Nurse
By José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"A distaff does not rule like a sword."
Kleist, Cortés, and the Great Santiago Earthquake of 1647
By Juan LePuen
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011 by Fario. Category: Essay
It is generally agreed that the sources of Heinrich von Kleist's bloody tales are European, but Juan LePuen argues that, for those interested in the genesis of "Michael Kohlhaas" or "The Earthquake in Chile," such colonial American documents as Hernán Cortés's letters to Charles V make for lines of inquiry of no less promise than that of more conventional European sources.
Generous Wine
By Italo Svevo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
At a wedding party thrown for one of his wife's nieces, an older man is given permission to go off of his normally strict diet. Partaking too heavily of the food and wine, he becomes irascible and is rebuked in public by his wife and daughter. That night, in bed, in which, try as he might, he is unable to find a comfortable position, he has terrifying visions.
Teacher of the Year
By Juan LePuen
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
When the standoffish head of his department summons him to her office, "Professor" John Newhouse is sure it is to let him know that he has been given the annual award for the teacher who most clearly embodies the ideals of the department's illustrious founder, Dr. Edward Nortick.
Landlocked
By Juan LePuen
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
Barely four years removed from graduation, three friends from high school, now more interested in drink than in each other, recall the evening one of their number emerged suddenly sobered from the stranger's apartment he had disappeared into shortly before.
Separate but Equal
By Juan LePuen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
A high-school basketball game threatens to trigger a race riot in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Kamikaze
By Juan LePuen
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
The mid-1980s in a moribund Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Two emissaries from a booming Japan meet unexpectedly vicious resistance from a class of ne'er-do-well high-school students.
Failure Notice
By Juan LePuen
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
In the brief tale "Failure Notice," a graduate student's dismal performance on his qualifying exams causes him to take a new look at his surroundings.
Cashiers and Courtesy Clerks
By Juan LePuen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"When I was sixteen I got a job bagging groceries at the Albertsons on Southfield and East Kings."
The Mother
By Italo Svevo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"In a valley enclosed by wooded hills, cheerful in the colors of spring, stood, one next to the other, two large, unadorned houses, stone and lime. They seemed made by the same hand, and even the gardens, enclosed by hedges and located in front of each of the houses, were of the same size and shape. But those who lived in them did not share the same fate."
The Murder on Via Belpoggio
By Italo Svevo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"Everyone felt his own beloved person threatened," notes the narrator of Svevo's sarcastic tale of a bungling murderer on the loose in the city of Trieste.
Gentleman Carmelo
By Abraham Valdelomar
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"Thus passed through the world that neglected hero, that very dear friend of our childhood: Gentleman Carmelo, the foremost of warriors, and the final descendant of those pure-blooded and noble gamecocks, whose unanimous prestige was, for years, the pride of the entire green and fertile Caucato Valley."
The Treasure
By José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"Dead how? As all of the men of the de Medranhos family were meant to die: doing battle with the Turk!"
The Broken Triangle
By Italo Svevo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"I desire a lot of women, almost all of them, really. It’s my way of hating them, because they give me reason to. They won’t have anything to do with me."
Inferiority
By Italo Svevo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
A gentleman bets a friend of his that he will be able to cow him into turning over his wallet to him before the evening is out. In an attempt to win his bet, he and another friend, Baron Squatti, enlist the help of their intended victim's manservant, Giovanni. Genre: theater
Two Plays
By Italo Svevo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"My husband exists only insofar as he bores me." --from Italo Svevo's one-act farce _An Unpublished Play_. Selection also includes the brief and lively monologue _Before the Ball_.
Mediterranean (Sunrise)
By Panait Istrati
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 34,280. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
_Mediterranean (Sunrise)_ follows the young vagabond Adrien Zograffi as he sets sail from his native Romania. At sea, he meets Moussa, a Romanian Jew traveling to Alexandria, Egypt, in an attempt to bring a wayward daughter, Sarah, now being pimped by her boyfriend, back into the fold. Adrien and Moussa join forces and are witnesses to and participants in the events that seal Sarah's fate.
The Thüringer House
By Panait Istrati
Price: $4.75 USD. Words: 45,130. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
_The Thüringer House_ is the first of a cycle of novels written by the Romanian Panait Istrati in the early 1930's, shortly after his return, bitterly disillusioned, from a long stay in the Soviet Union. Adrien, servant in a bourgeois household headed by rich grain exporters, must reconcile his socialist ideals and his growing attraction to Madame Anna Thüringer, mistress of the house.
On the Docks in Brăila
By Panait Istrati
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 12,370. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011 by Fario. Category: Fiction
In Panait Istrati's 1929 novella, now translated into English, fourteen-year-old Adrien Zograffi begins an apprenticeship in a toolmaking workshop on the docks of the Danube River port in Brăila, Romania. Progress, in the form of floating grain elevators, threatens to destroy the livelihoods of a large community of dockworkers. Genre: novella
The Sponge Diver
By Panait Istrati
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2010 by Fario. Category: Fiction
"The Sponge Diver" features the young Romanian vagabond Adrien Zograffi, this time in Greece, as he listens to the harrowing tale of a fellow Romanian drifter's season of forced labor aboard a small ship plying the Eastern Mediterranean in search of rich sponge beds. Panait Istrati (1884-1935) was once among the most popular writers in Europe.


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