A Russian Doll & Other Stories (New Directions Paperbook; by Adolfo Bioy Casares

By Adolfo Bioy Casares

This number of conventional and experimental tales by means 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. - Publishers Weekly

A Russian Doll and different tales is the 9th choice of brief fiction by way of one in every of this century's most popular Argentinian writers who, together with his fellow countrymen Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges, helped switch the world's belief of Latin American literature. Bioy Casares's narratives are dependent and urbane, his variety designated and streamlined, as he paces his characters via seriocomic traps of fate––ensnared via love, impelled by way of lust, ambition, or undeniable greed, even metamorphosed through prescription drugs. those aren't tales in a mental mode yet just like the picture of the Russian doll of the identify piece are rigorously wrought congeries of intractable selves inside of selves.

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Too bad we have to go down,” said the zoologist. “That’s true. I had forgotten …” the botanist replied cheerlessly. “Gentlemen, let’s get this over with. I’ll go down first,” Cazalis announced. “Me last,” Maceira hurried to say. “Sailor: don’t get distracted. ” “You’d do better not to come up quickly,” the sailor commented indifferently. The descent was long, according to Maceira, and at least for him very alarming. Suddenly he heard sounds, without knowing from where, that reminded him of water flowing out of a drainpipe.

Lucky man,” I said. ” He then admitted that he was so eager to flatter her that he almost made the wrong move. It seems he told her: “I take my hat off to your father. ” Chantal fixed a worried look on him, as if she wanted to figure out what he was thinking, until she started laughing in that joyous way that was so her. ” she exclaimed. “You fooled me! I thought you were serious! Rest assured that my father can give all the parties in the world but he won’t buy me. She immediately explained, as if impelled by an obsession, that the ecological group to which she and Benjamin Languellerie belonged had undertaken a campaign against her father’s company, whose factory was contaminating Lake Bourget.

We turned down the other avenue, whose first stretch is a steep slope. ” “Good. Though fishing in a diseased lake isn’t—how shall I say—exactly satisfying. ” “In this basket there’s a good quantity of ombles chevaliers. If you look at them, your mouth will water, but if you eat them, something bad could happen to you. You could get sick, for example. ” “More than possible, probable. The pollution, my dear sir, the pollution. ” I was going to say at what, but I realized he was no longer talking about the pollution or the fishing.

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