The Russian Doll and Other Stories

By Adolfo Bioy Casares

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

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

A couple editorial reviews....

From Publishers Weekly
This number of conventional and experimental tales via Argentinian novelist Bioy Casares ( The Adventures of a Photographer in l. a. Plata ) deals refined, seamless prose, in addition to magical realism and biting political satire. His characters are prompted by means of lust, avarice and conceit yet elicit sympathy as a result of their vulnerability. within the name tale, a fortune hunter joins an ecological excursion in pursuit of a millionaire's daughter; however the father is swallowed via an immense pollution-feeding caterpillar, and while the daughter takes over her father's manufacturing facility, she renounces her former ecological stance. In one other tale, a notary public improving from hepatitis remains close to a lake and meets medical professional Salmon's niece, who asks him to turn out his love for her by means of letting her uncle rework them either into fish. the various tales are fantasies, usually centering on surprising events--an actor is shot through supporters of a dictatorship for enjoying 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 choice of seven tales by way of the Argentinean writer and protege of Borges indicates many components comparable to his mentor's sort. The name tale, "A Russian Doll," finds the unforeseen destiny of a guy who permits himself to be engulfed through greed in pursuit of a filthy rich heiress at odds along with her father. Like Russian nesting dolls, the characters during this and within the different tales show hidden reasons and submerged existences whilst their surfaces are peeled away. many of the tales comprise surrealistic components, but Casares additionally tackles critical concerns resembling 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 now not but received huge reputation within the usa, and he advantages larger consciousness. This consultant assortment may be of curiosity to educational and public libraries.
-Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.

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