There are many reasons why students of the Spanish language might prefer Spanish short stories to full-length novels. Perhaps they don’t want to commit hours upon hours to a reading project, or perhaps they want to explore a variety of settings and time periods in a way that novels wouldn’t allow them to do.
Whatever your motivation, if you’re looking for Spanish short stories you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll cover a small but relatively comprehensive list of major Spanish-language short story authors. And the best part is that every one of these Spanish short stories can be accessed online! Nothing beats free and convenient, huh?
Finally, before we begin, don’t forget that reading isn’t the only way to practice your Spanish. For example, fans of alternative music or even reggae will also find plenty of culture to enjoy emerging from the Spanish-speaking world.
Now, without further ado, let’s get to it–our carefully curated list of Spanish short stories that every student of Spanish should read at some point:
Spanish Short Stories
“El almohadón de plumas” by Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937)
Pulled from the collection Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte, “El almohadón de plumas” is the earliest Spanish-language short story on our list. It’s also one of the Spanish language’s first landmark short stories, written by an Uruguayan author who is often called “the Edgar Allen Poe of Latin America.”
Befitting of the author’s moniker, “El almohadón de plumas” (“The Feather Pillow”) is a dark, even horrific story of a young woman who marries a distant, older man. Thus begins a slow, mysterious decline in her health. Suffice it to say, the ending is pretty harrowing.
Though it’s not the most expertly written Spanish short story on our list, “El almohadón de plumas” is one of the first modern examples of the genre in the Spanish-speaking world. Though some of the vocabulary is a bit antiquated, it’s not a particularly tough read. If straightforward, classic horror seems up your alley, we definitely recommend “El almohadón de plumas.”