By Henry James
En esta edición se reúnen dos volúmenes de cuentos y nouvelles de Henry James tal como se publicaron en vida de su autor: Una vida en Londres y otros relatos (1889) y Lo más selecto (1903). Ambos volúmenes pertenecen a los angeles etapa de madurez de su autor: se trata, pues, de una muestra representativa, fiel a su concepción unique, y prácticamente inédita −sólo dos de los trece relatos incluidos habían aparecido antes en España−, del James más exquisito y profundo, el de l. a. época, por un lado, de Los papeles de Aspern y La lección del maestro y, por otro, de Los embajadores.
«No es culpa mía −dice uno de los narradores de esta selección− si estoy hecho de tal manera que con frecuencia encuentro más vida en situaciones oscuras y sujetas a interpretación que en el grosero barullo del primer plano.» Personalidades oscuras −y muchas veces sin recursos− constituyen de hecho el cuadro normal de estas narraciones; sin embargo, su carácter no impide que sean delicadas, críticas, artísticas, a veces suicidas figuras de l. a. verdad (de los angeles libertad incluso) que, por obra de los angeles más intensa observación y del más mágico estilo, arrebatan a cualquier héroe o heroína convencional los angeles dignidad del protagonismo. Como cube uno de los personajes: «No tenemos posición social, pero no nos importa, ¿verdad?; eso es porque conocemos los angeles diferencia entre las realidades y las farsas».
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