Horacio Quiroga’s “The Pursued”

  • Antoine Dechêne
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


Quiroga’s “The Pursued” is a relatively unknown story by a largely underestimated Uruguayan writer which explicitly deals with the diagnosis of mental instability and the rejection and solitude of those who desperately try to convince society of their sound minds. After a brief introduction to the author’s life, this chapter argues that Quiroga’s novella can be read as a rewriting of “The Man of the Crowd” and an exploration of what might have happened if Poe’s convalescent narrator had been able to talk to “the genius of deep crime” that he stalked.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Dechêne
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  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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