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Selected Stories of Adolfo Bioy Casares
     

Selected Stories of Adolfo Bioy Casares

by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne J. Levine (Illustrator), Suzanne Jill Levine
 
This is a fine introduction to one of Latin America's leading modern writers- and a choice retrospective of the master storyteller who won the 1990 Cervantes Prize, Spain's most prestigious literary award, for his lifetime work.

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This is a fine introduction to one of Latin America's leading modern writers- and a choice retrospective of the master storyteller who won the 1990 Cervantes Prize, Spain's most prestigious literary award, for his lifetime work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As might be expected from this master of modern Latin American literature, the 15 gems in this sparkling collection meld irony with romantic passion and reality with fantastic invention. In these stories, dating from 1959 to 1986 and grouped according to ``The Labyrinth of Love'' and ``Adverse Miracles,'' such themes as frustrated love, transfigured dreams and warped space-time become grist for the author's uniquely creative mill. The best pieces combine the wry irony of de Maupassant with the ingenious imagination of H.G. Wells: in ``About the Shape of the World,'' for example, a law student becomes entangled in a smuggling operation where a miraculous tunnel reduces the distance between Argentina and Uruguay to a four-minute walk. ``The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice'' recounts the transformation of the Buenos Aires Jockey Club into a dreamlike labyrinth to the underworld. Other stories present a surreal amalgam of love and dreams, such as ``Souvenir from the Mountains,'' in which a would-be seducer's idealized love is suddenly debauched in a hallucinatory nightmare, and ``Trio,'' a grouping of three vignettes that twist thwarted romance into obsession and madness. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Long associated with his Argentinian collaborator, Jorge Luis Borges, in whose shadow he has too long remained, Bioy Casares characteristically blends love and fantasy to create probing fiction seasoned by ironic twists. His male characters are often weaklings or cowards, and his women are typically risk-taking anarchists, extreme in their powers to repel or attract. Veteran translator Levine here gathers Bioy Casares's short fiction from the mid-1950s through the late 1980s. At least two of the stories ("The Noumenon" and "An Unexpected Journey") classify as science fiction. In the wake of an earlier anthology, A Russian Doll and Other Stories (LJ 8/92), this collection should further enhance our appreciation of the now octogenarian Bioy Casares.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Brad Hooper
Bioy Casares' short stories have put him on the Latin American literary map, and this selection shows why. Like his late friend and fellow Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, Bioy Casares abides in the realm of fantasy. His characters attempt to find order in situations where the supernatural or some other ominous force blows them to and fro like fallen leaves tossed by the wind. Human pretensions--namely, our hubris that preposterously informs us we have command over other humans, over machines, and over nature--are skewered in Bioy Casares' beautifully economic prose. But his wry humor tempers any abrasiveness, and his keen intellect is warmed by a heart going out to people trying to keep body and soul in functional collaboration. The crown jewel of the collection is "Resurrection," a very short piece about a man whose lover has just died and who finds an end to his loneliness by associating with her previous lover. It's a stunningly effective story, but others in the collection won't disappoint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811212755
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.98(d)

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