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β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹ Bilingual eBook: SPANISH | English β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹

Touch any sentence you don't understand and get the translation in the same place. You'll never get stuck with the reading.

β—‹β—‹ β€˜Un suceso en el puente de Owl Creek’ by Ambrose Bierce β—‹β—‹

The writer Julio Cortazar included this disturbing story in his selection of β€˜Unforgettable Stories’, together with others by Borges, Truman Capote, Poe or Tolstoi. The text sets off as Peyton Farquar, a Southern landowner supporter of the Confederate cause is going to be hung by soldiers of the Northern Federal Army during the American Civil War. The narrator skillfully takes the reader into the condemned man’s mind in order to describe a delirious escape, his riveting struggle with death and his reunion with life and renewed awareness of every colour, sound and detail. However, what makes β€˜An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’ so famous is its surprising and unforgettable end, which calls for a second reading.

The story was first published in 1890 in a newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner. One year later it was published together with others by the same author in a compilation titled β€˜Tales of Soldiers and Civilians’.

β€˜An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’, by North American writer Ambrose Bierce is the first issue in eBBi Book’s β€˜Classics’ collection, which features great stories in the history of literature and less well-known stories by renowned authors. Our bilingual format, which enables instant translation, and the perfect and guided synchronisation with the audio track allow us to include in our offer texts such as these, which we consider essential despite their complexity.

Ambrose Gwinnet Bierce

The facts about Ambrose Bierce’s birth are perfectly well known; he was born in a hut on Horse Cave Creek, in Meigs County, Ohio, USA, on June 24th 1842. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are not at all clear. In October 1913, when he was already a renowned writer, he left Washington, crossed Mexico and joined Pancho Villa’s army. His disappearance in Chihuahua, leaving no trace, is one of the most famous in the history of literature. The writer Carlos Fuentes wrote a novel about Bierce’s last years, titled β€œGringo Viejo” (Old Gringo), which was later made into a film.

Although he is not as well known nowadays, Ambrose Bierce, who was a journalist, editorialist and writer, is considered to be the literary successor of Allan Poe and Melville, and many critics consider him to be in the same league as Lovecraft and Maupassant. He was a first rate story-teller who wrote some of the best macabre stories, such as β€˜The Death of Halpin Frayser’, β€˜The Damned Thing’ or β€˜An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’.

βŠ™ Author: Ambrose Bierce
βŠ™ Translation: MarΓ­a JimΓ©nez
βŠ™ Voice: Miguel Zurita
βŠ™ Illustrations: Luis PernΓ­a and Enrique Bernal
βŠ™ Dictionary:
βŠ™ 30 pages and 32 min of audio

Key features of the eBBi Book:

- Choose: synchronized parallel texts or traditional block with instant translation
- Perfect and synchronized audio in Spanish from Spain
- Professional translation and voice-over
- Bilingual dictionary with samples and usage
- Special words and expressions with pictures and further explanations
- Fully illustrated to help you understand the plot
- Your own notes on each sentence


β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹ What's an eBBi Book? β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹β—‹
It’s the new bilingual book format that goes beyond the traditional ebook to help you in your second language reading.

If you are an student or just want to enjoy literature in the language you have learned without stoping your reading to look at words in a dictionary or deal with an external mp3 player, now you have the eBBi Book.

The eBBi Book make the most of your iPad to give you a pleasant spanish reading while you are learning new words and idiomatic expressions.

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June 13, 2013 Initial Release

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