Felisberto Hernández was a self taught pianist who earned his living playing in silent-screen movie theatres. His short stories went largely unnoticed during his lifetime.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1902, Felisberto Hernández was a talented pianist, playing in the silent-screen movie theaters when he was twelve years old. He later toured the small concert halls of Uruguay and Argentina. He married four times, published seven books, and died, impoverished, in 1964.