Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940) was a Spanish-Cuban writer, journalist and diplomat who energized the Ibero-American culture of his time and died prematurely in a plane crash.
A versatile writer who triumphed with short stories featuring mysterious and psychological components. In this volume we gather the best of his short stories, bestiaries, haikus and semblances, where his narrative mastery is demonstrated in such evocative themes as death or war, in addition to discovering facets of characters such as Valle-Inclán, Oscar Wilde or María Zambrano. His friend Gabriela Mistral dedicated an unpublished farewell to him, which serves as the closing passage of this volume.
Juan Pérez de Ayala, historian and editor specialized in the cultural exchange networks between the American continent and Spain in the 20th century, prologues and edits this volume.