Güiraldes, Ricardo (rēkärˈdō gwērälˈdās) [key], 1886–1927, Argentine writer. He spent his boyhood on a ranch where he learned the ways of the gauchos, later traveling to Europe. In his novels and short stories he applied postmodernist techniques to Argentine regional themes. His masterpiece, Don Segundo Sombra (1926, tr. Shadows in the Pampas, 1935), in part autobiographical, captured the heroic spirit of the gaucho amid exquisite descriptions of the pampas.
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