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Adolfo Bioy Casares

Borges, Fiction and Art

Best known as Jorge Luis Borges’s right-hand man, Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914–99) was, in his own right, an inventive writer of considerable skill. His works, often dismissed summarily as fantastic fiction, are now ripe for reassessment. This volume looks at Bioy’s extensive oeuvre, which offers many surprising reflections on the twentieth century’s cultural, social, and political transformations, both in Argentina and further afield. Topics covered include Bioy’s meditations on isolation and logic and his enduring fascination with the impact of visual technologies on all artistic representation.

256 pages | 15 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages

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“Nine erudite, intelligent essayists rethink inventive writer Adolfo Bioy Casares’s lifelong literary friendship with Jorge Luis Borges, and proffer an excellent contextualization. . . . . The result is an immensely readable and academically sound exegesis of Bioy’s extensive oeuvre, with many interesting reflections about modern Argentine literature and culture. Highly recommended.”

K. M. Sibbald, McGill University | Choice

“Adolfo Bioy Casares is now recognized as a major figure in his own right, even though he lived in the shadow of his friend Jorge Luis Borges for most of his life. These essays by leading scholars reassess Bioy’s considerable oeuvre and are sure to stimulate new insights and perspectives on his stories, novels, essays, and film scripts. The book acknowledges the importance of his collaboration with Borges, and includes a fascinating critique of the controversial Diario  of their relationship. Karl Posso’s collection is a must for scholars of Argentine culture and for anyone who wants to understand the influence of Bioy’s multifaceted legacy on the development of Latin American literature in the twentieth century.”

Edwin Williamson, author of Borges: A Life

“Lifelong friend and literary partner of Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares stands undoubtedly among the finest Argentine writers of the twentieth century. Fundamental to the development of the fantastic genre and science fiction in the Rio de la Plata region, his prose has been neglected until recently by audiences outside Latin America. In Adolfo Bioy Casares: Borges, Fiction and Art, a group of leading scholars on Latin American literature examines the full range of Bioy’s work through illuminating essays, offering a detailed historical, political and cultural contextualization of one of Argentina’s most important writers.”

Florencia Garramuño, University of San Andrés

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword
List of figures
Note on translations
Notes on contributors

Introduction: Rethinking Adolfo Bioy Casares
      Karl Posso
1. Adolfo Bioy Casares: a biographical sketch
      John King
2. Borges’s appendix: reflections on Bioy’s diary
      Daniel Balderston
3. Bioy and Borges: from the third man to the world of Bustos Domecq
      Michel Lafon
4. Every man is an island: Bioy’s fiction
      Stephen Henighan
5. 1969: youth and rebellion in Diario de la Guerra del cerdo and Invasión
      Jordana Blejmar
6. The fantastic in Bioy’s short stories
      Jesús Rodero
7. Bioy, Ocampo and the photographic image
      Fiona J. Mackintosh
8. To love in the infinitive: time, image and the powers of the false in La invención de Morel
      Karl Posso

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