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Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914–1999)

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Adolfo Bioy Casares has collaborated with Jorge Luis Borges on a number of works. They compiled Anthology of Fantastic Literature (1940), a documentation of the development of Spanish American suprarealism, and Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi (1981), a playful and inventive variation on the näytä lisää theme of the detective who cannot visit the scene of the crime. Bioy Casares's numerous works are characterized by intelligence and a sense of playful fantasy. The Invention of Morel (1953), concerns a scientist's illusions about immortality. Asleep in the Sun is a bizarre tale written in an epistolary form. Ultimately the recipient of the letter is left to wonder whether, in fact, the puzzle has any solution or whether, like much of Bioy Casares's and Borges's work, it is an inside joke between author and reader. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

La invención de Morel (1940) 2,590 kappaletta
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Toimittaja — 604 kappaletta
Asleep in the Sun (1973) 349 kappaletta
Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi (1942) 313 kappaletta
Chronicles of Bustos Domecq (1967) — Tekijä — 304 kappaletta
Dream of Heroes (1954) 277 kappaletta
Extraordinary Tales (1955) 274 kappaletta
Diary of the War of the Pig (1969) 225 kappaletta
A Plan for Escape (1945) 141 kappaletta
Where There's Love, There's Hate (1946) 136 kappaletta
A Russian Doll: And Other Stories (1991) 113 kappaletta
Los mejores cuentos policiales 1& 2 (1982) — Toimittaja — 101 kappaletta
Historias de amor (1972) 95 kappaletta
Borges (2006) — Avustaja — 66 kappaletta
Libro del cielo y del infierno (1960) 61 kappaletta
Historias desaforadas (1986) 61 kappaletta
La Invencion y La Trama (1940) 58 kappaletta
Nuevos cuentos de Bustos Domecq (1977) — Tekijä — 50 kappaletta
El héroe de las mujeres (1978) 44 kappaletta
La trama celeste (1948) 44 kappaletta
Un campeón desparejo (1981) 39 kappaletta
Selected Stories (1994) 37 kappaletta
El lado de la sombra (1984) 31 kappaletta
Descanso De Caminantes (2001) 30 kappaletta
Mord nach Modell (1983) 27 kappaletta
Los mejores cuentos policiales 2 (1983) — Toimittaja — 26 kappaletta
Historia prodigiosa (1956) 21 kappaletta
Memorias (1994) 21 kappaletta
De las cosas maravillosas (1999) 16 kappaletta
Zwielicht und Pomp (1994) — Tekijä — 15 kappaletta
Racconti brevi e straordinari (2020) 14 kappaletta
Una magia modesta (1997) 14 kappaletta
Guirnalda Con Amores (1959) 13 kappaletta
En viaje (1967) (1996) 13 kappaletta
Los mejores cuentos policiales 1 — Toimittaja — 12 kappaletta
Clave para un amor (1999) 12 kappaletta
El Perjurio de la Nieve (1944) 11 kappaletta
La otra aventura (1983) 10 kappaletta
De un mundo a otro (1998) 10 kappaletta
Adolfo Bioy Casares : Romans (2001) 9 kappaletta
Obras Completas, Cuentos I (1997) 9 kappaletta
Ensayistas ingleses (1956) 8 kappaletta
Nouvelles fantastiques (2013) 6 kappaletta
Un leone nel parco di Palermo (2005) 6 kappaletta
Dos fantasías memorables (1971) 5 kappaletta
Obras Completas - Cuentos II (1998) 5 kappaletta
A Russian Doll [short story] (1991) 4 kappaletta
Wilcock (2021) 4 kappaletta
Obra completa.III (2012) 3 kappaletta
Ceux qui aiment, haïssent (2022) 2 kappaletta
Dupa-amiaza unui faun (2008) 2 kappaletta
Quem Ama, Odeia (2009) 2 kappaletta
Una muñeca rusa 2 kappaletta
Dos Novelas Memorables (2000) 2 kappaletta
Cuentos completos. Bioy Casares (2014) 2 kappaletta
L'altro labirinto (1988) 2 kappaletta
Plano de Evasão 1 kappale
Años de mocedad (1998) 1 kappale
Venetian Masks 1 kappale
Dintr-o lume în alta (2007) 1 kappale
Romans 1 kappale
Gli altri. Film (1974) 1 kappale
Morel'in Bulusu (2021) 1 kappale

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A man travels to a deserted island and there comes into contact (maybe?) with some people (maybe?) amid some musing on immortality and the soul. It could be science fiction, but Casares published this in 1940 and had a scientific invention present in 1924 that doesn't even exist in 2014. It's South American, praised mightily by Casares's pal Borges, so... call it magical scientism?

Early in the novella the protagonist writes in his diary, "I believe we lose immortality because we have not conquered our opposition to death; we keep insisting on the primary, rudimentary idea: that the whole body should be kept alive. We should seek to preserve only the part that has to do with consciousness."

This avenue of chasing immortality is still traveled today, usually with the idea of uploading a person's consciousness into some kind of computer device, leaving the physical body behind. Casares here invents a different attempt at traveling this path.

This then serves as the philosophical backbone of the novella, which adopts the trappings of an adventure story, much to the pleasure of Borges, who in his prologue praises such adventure stories as Kafka's "The Trial" and Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" in addition to "The Invention of Morel" for their admirable plots, contrasting them favorably with the "chaotic" and "formless" psychological novel so much in vogue, drearily and tediously aiming to be realistic. Borges will have no truck with realistic tedium, and recommends this story to us as its perfect opposite.
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lelandleslie | 78 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
I did not like this book. The central concept is interesting and I could imagine a good book around it, but in general it feels stretched out for far too long (even though it's only about 90 pages anyway). I fully admit that I'm likely missing a lot - especially the ending made me think I'd missed some important implications that'd make it more interesting - but personally it didn't really do anything for me, at least not in the mood I'm in.

The narrator is both unlikeable and unrelatable. I get writing a character that's a major creep (in a strange way) but his inner monologue is totally alien and he's also very dense - it takes him ages to work out that the other people can't see or hear him and only then after the book's single plot dump; how does he not realise this after being "spotted" multiple times and ignored and shouting at people and being ignored?. So much of the early book is dedicated to nothing much happening and just having this guy wander around the island and talk a bunch of nonsense. The entire plot, such as it is, is just revealed in one section like 2/3 of the way in, with no extra detail or other explanations. Some stuff brought up near the start never gets explained or talked about again. So everything is left hanging on the "character study", such as it is, but to me it's dull - we see very little of the visitors to the island outside one scene, and the narrator is an obnoxious creep who mostly repeats the same ideas over and over again.

And I guess the key thing is that as a story of unrequited love, it made no sense to me. (big spoilers for the main concept of the story)I don't understand how you can "fall in love" with the recorded, endlessly repeating image of a person or how you can think "the image of me with someone who doesn't love me repeating endlessly on an island which nobody can see is a good substitute for love". Like I'd have thought even an obsession with someone is based on seeing the different things they do as time goes on. I dunno. Maybe I'm totally missing the point. There's maybe something to a feminist reading of what the two main men in the story both think. Both desire to have a certain woman: when she rejects one, he creates the image of a relationship and kills them both. The other creates an image to try and overwrite the image that the other man has created. That's probably the most interesting angle of the story, actually, although it's horrible to read It just totally fell flat, for me.
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tombomp | 78 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Although this novel is very short, it feels increasingly slow and frustrating toward the midpoint. Rather than a fault, this mood shows its success at getting the reader to identify with its stranded fugitive speaker, who is significantly the aspiring author of two books other than the journal which forms the principal text of The Invention of Morel. The later part of the book involves a crucial anagnorisis and the working out of its consequences.

I was more than a little reminded of The Island of the Day Before, and I feel certain Eco must have read Morel. Although in praising it Borges called this book an "adventure story," I am compelled to view it as a parable.

The moral of Morel: The utmost to be hoped for is a benevolent and capable posthumous editor.
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paradoxosalpha | 78 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 16, 2023 |
My oh my. Extremely inventive, fascinating story but one that, in the end, proved just a little too confusing for me. The writing is not the attraction, it’s the story. I’m reading more of his stories, now, from La Trama Celeste and have to say he’s an acquired taste. And I’m not sure how much to my own particular taste he is. (I say this having read the stories in A Russian Doll and enjoyed them a great deal.)
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Gypsy_Boy | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 26, 2023 |



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