Story summary.When the stranger pitched his tent outside the little town of Puente Viejo, & began visiting the barber Cerviño's shop everyday - the same Cerviño with the enigmatic wife known as "French Woman", it set the tongues wagging - about his affair with the "French Woman".
Then, one fine day, both disappear - stranger & "French Woman". There is talk of possible murder. Some people keep looking for bodies. What they finally find is far worse than anyone suspected.
Fact sheet.First published: Probably as part of author's Spanish collection Infierno Grande (1989). At least this collection's title is translated to English as "Vast Hell". English translation by Alberto Manguel at The New Yorker, 27 April 2009.
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