The Russian Doll and Other Stories

By Adolfo Bioy Casares

Adolfo Bioy Casares is a part of a mythical trio of Argentine associates and authors: Silvina Ocampo (his spouse) and Jorge Luis Borges. they've got all collaborated in a single method or one other on literary endeavors.

If you're a fan of Borges, I hugely recommend taking a look into the works of Bioy Casares and Ocampo.

A couple editorial reviews....

From Publishers Weekly
This choice of conventional and experimental tales by way of Argentinian novelist Bioy Casares ( The Adventures of a Photographer in los angeles Plata ) deals refined, seamless prose, in addition to magical realism and biting political satire. His characters are prompted via lust, avarice and self-esteem yet elicit sympathy as a result of their vulnerability. within the identify tale, a fortune hunter joins an ecological excursion in pursuit of a millionaire's daughter; however the father is swallowed by way of a massive pollution-feeding caterpillar, and while the daughter takes over her father's manufacturing unit, she renounces her former ecological stance. In one other tale, a notary public getting better from hepatitis remains close to a lake and meets health professional Salmon's niece, who asks him to end up his love for her by way of letting her uncle rework them either into fish. the various tales are fantasies, frequently centering on stunning events--an actor is shot by way of supporters of a dictatorship for taking part in a republican who cries, "Oh liberty!" and an angelic-looking lady breakfasts on her mom and dad after being given an urge for food stimulant. all through Casares surprises and entertains in those suspenseful tales.

From Library Journal
This selection of seven tales through the Argentinean writer and protege of Borges indicates many parts corresponding to his mentor's kind. The identify tale, "A Russian Doll," finds the unforeseen destiny of a guy who permits himself to be engulfed by way of greed in pursuit of a filthy rich heiress at odds together with her father. Like Russian nesting dolls, the characters during this and within the different tales demonstrate hidden explanations and submerged existences while their surfaces are peeled away. lots of the tales include surrealistic components, but Casares additionally tackles severe matters comparable to censorship of creative expression in a repressive society ("Cato") and prejudice ("The Navigator Returns to His Country"). even supposing the author's paintings has been translated formerly, he has no longer but won extensive attractiveness within the usa, and he advantages larger realization. This consultant assortment may be of curiosity to educational and public libraries.
-Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.

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