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This is my favorite science fiction novel (with apologies to Stanislaw Lem and PKD.)


“The Invention of Morel may be described, without exaggeration, as a perfect novel….Bioy Casares’s theme is not cosmic, but metaphysical: the body is imaginary, and we bow to the tyranny of a phantom. Love is a privileged perception, the most complete and total perception not only of the unreality of the world but of our own unreality: not only do we traverse a realm of shadows, we ourselves are shadows.” — Octavio Paz
"I believe I am free from every superstition of modernity, of any illusion that yesterday differs immediately from today or will differ from from tomorrow; but I maintain that during no other era have there been novels with such admirable plots as The Turn of the Screw, The Trial, Voyage to the Center of the Earth, and [this] one… written in Buenos Aires by Adolfo Bioy Casares… The odyssey of marvels he unfolds seem to have no possible explanation other than hallucination or symbolism, and he uses a single fantastic but not supernatural postulate to decipher it… I have discussed with the author the details of his plot. I have reread it. To classify it as perfect is neither imprecision nor a hyperbole.” — Jorge Luis Borges 




"The Argentine Adolfo Bioy Casares is an urban comedian, a parodist who turns fantasy and science fiction inside out to expose the banality of our scientific, intellectual, and especially erotic pretensions. Bioy makes us laugh at our foibles with an affectionate yet elegant touch….Behind his post-Kafka, pre-Woody Allen sense of nonsense is a metaphysical vision, particularly of life’s brevity and the slippery terrain of love." — Suzanne Jill Levin


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This is my favorite science fiction novel (with apologies to Stanislaw Lem and PKD.)

The Invention of Morel may be described, without exaggeration, as a perfect novel….Bioy Casares’s theme is not cosmic, but metaphysical: the body is imaginary, and we bow to the tyranny of a phantom. Love is a privileged perception, the most complete and total perception not only of the unreality of the world but of our own unreality: not only do we traverse a realm of shadows, we ourselves are shadows.” — Octavio Paz

"I believe I am free from every superstition of modernity, of any illusion that yesterday differs immediately from today or will differ from from tomorrow; but I maintain that during no other era have there been novels with such admirable plots as The Turn of the Screw, The Trial, Voyage to the Center of the Earth, and [this] one… written in Buenos Aires by Adolfo Bioy Casares… The odyssey of marvels he unfolds seem to have no possible explanation other than hallucination or symbolism, and he uses a single fantastic but not supernatural postulate to decipher it… I have discussed with the author the details of his plot. I have reread it. To classify it as perfect is neither imprecision nor a hyperbole.” — Jorge Luis Borges

"The Argentine Adolfo Bioy Casares is an urban comedian, a parodist who turns fantasy and science fiction inside out to expose the banality of our scientific, intellectual, and especially erotic pretensions. Bioy makes us laugh at our foibles with an affectionate yet elegant touch….Behind his post-Kafka, pre-Woody Allen sense of nonsense is a metaphysical vision, particularly of life’s brevity and the slippery terrain of love." — Suzanne Jill Levin

( wiki | nyrb | amazon | b&n )

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    It’s really a shame how often Bioy Casares gets written off as the Robin to Borges’ Batman. Definitely worth reading,...
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