First published in 1933 and long unavailable, this second printing of a well-known Argentine romantic novel is doubtlessly long overdue. It not only tells “the life, passion, and death” of a gaucho who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century, but it also reflects the condition of rural society at that time. Supposedly the work of an old gaucho whom Lynch had known in his youth—a manuscript in which Lynch claimed only “el título, la ordenación y el cambio de algunos vocables”—the telling has the attraction of the naïveté appropriate to such authorship or to the adoption of such a device for the portrayal of rural life.