"The masterpiece among Bioy Casares' short, intense novels is The Invention of Morel, a book that won raves from Borges (who placed it alongside Franz Kafka's The Trial), was called "perfect" by Octavio Paz, and inspired one of French cinema's most infamous moviesf, Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Though it was published in 1940, the book's continuing relevance was recently proven when it was featured on Lost — a cameo many viewers perceive as a key to that TV show's plot. But that doesn't mean this is a tough tract unfit for quality beach time... Just know that Morel is a poetic evocation of the experience of love, an inquiry into how we know one another, and a still-relevant examination of how technology has changed our relationship with reality. It's also a great read — one you'll be pressing into the hands of your fellow beach-goers." --Boldtype
Adolfo Bioy Casares (19141999) was born in Buenos Aires, the child of wealthy parents. He began to write in the early Thirties, and his stories appeared in the influential magazine Sur, through which he met his wife, the painter and writer Silvina Ocampo, as well Jorge Luis Borges, who was to become his mentor, friend, and collaborator. In 1940, after writing several novice works, Bioy published the novella The Invention of Morel, the first of his books to satisfy him, and the first in which he hit his characteristic note of uncanny and unexpectedly harrowing humor. Later publications include stories and novels, among them A Plan for Escape, A Dream of Heroes, and Asleep in the Sun (forthcoming from NYRB Classics). Bioy also collaborated with Borges on the Anthology of Fantastic Literature and a series of satirical sketches written under the pseudonym of H. Bustos Domecq.
A very strange novella, and one where in retrospect I think the reader actually benefits from having read spoilers as to what's going on, otherwise it all seems too weird and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by sally tarbox
First the setup then, the story stalls forever. It's a simple premise that poses a simple question but it puts off the answer for too long. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Frost
The novel is glowingly reviewed by Jorge Luis Borges in the foreword. He is not wrong. After the first reading, I judged the book clever and well-conceived. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David
Highlights the true beauty of love. Short yet sweet, an amazing tale of the insane brain driven crazy by love, loneliness and despair. A work of art and genuinely my fav book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Can't figure out why such great people love this book. I could barely force myself to finish. Oooooohhhh, crazy twist.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. O'Neil
This is my first review, so I'm excited!
Anyway, I wanted to say that this book is short and I wish that it was longer because it really is so... Read more
God, how are Argentine writers so good at this? This is a pensive, endlessly mysterious little tale about a fugitive hiding out on an Island where... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jafrank
I found the simple beauty of the written word the best part of this book. I read the narrative itself before I read the Introduction, just to challenge myself. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patrick
The narrator of The Invention of Morel is a desperate fugitive who has chosen to end his days on a deserted island where a museum and vacation resort have long been abandoned... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Davis