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Tomás de Mattos
A Cock's Life

(Vida de gallos)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 19/09/2016
  • ISBN: 9789974741560
  • 192 pages

Each of these nine stories is a knowing wink at readers, an invitation for them to discover themselves reflected on these pages filled with compassion and understanding for our fellow man.   Tomás de Mattos, one of the most important names in recent Uruguayan literature, was writing this book when death took him by surprise. This is a collection of unforgettable stories—full of intelligence, kindness, and wisdom—that will captivate readers. This posthumous volume, marked by his humor, love for life and human beings and the simple pleasures, is a sampler of the philosophy of an extraordinary writer.

About the author

URUGUAY – Tomás de Mattos (Montevideo, 1947 – Tacuarembó, 2016) lived and worked as a lawyer in the city of Tacuarembó. He was director of the National Library from 2005 to 2010.


Other books: Libros y perros, La gran sequía, Trampas de barro;¡Bernabé, Bernabé!, A la sombra del paraíso, La Puerta de la Misericordia, La fragata de las máscaras, El hombre de marzo. La búsqueda; El hombre de marzo. El encuentro and Don Candinho o Las doce orejas.


Awards: Uruguayan Book Council Award, Montevideo Municipal Prize, Ministry of Education and Culture Award, 1996 B’nai B’rith Brotherhood Prize, Morosoli Award (1997), Lolita Rubial Foundation Prize, Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize for his Literary Achievements (2011)