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A invenção de Morel

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  6,451 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Narrado por um fugitivo da justiça, conta a história de sua busca por esconderijo e salvação numa ilha deserta. Após um período solitário, o narrador se surpreende com a presença de pessoas no local. Ele não sabe como elas chegaram lá e nota que seus modos são anacrônicos e seu cotidiano, repetitivo. Atordoado com as mudanças, a princípio evita as pessoas, mas a paixão que ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published 2006 by Cosac Naify (first published 1940)
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What a great little book!

Casares comes as close here as a writer possibly could to successfully mixing literary fiction with elements of science fiction. I feel like there is very little that I can say about the plot without spoiling it. Over the first thirty pages I was convinced that this was merely a ghost story – more specifically the ghost story that inspired Shyamalan’s whole “I see dead people” thing. Casares totally surprised me at that point by taking the story in a direction that I ha
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I just went through my update feed looking to see what my friends have been doing. I see reviews and things I should pay some attention to, but I'm not quite that self-reflexive yet that I will write reviews only about what I'm doing at the moment on Instead I would like to make an observation of how my update feed mirrors this book.

For the past few days just about every morning and early evening that I chec
am i jackass? a moron?

this is a perfectly good book. and a guy spending months on a sun dappled island amongst three dimensional phantoms re-enacting a single weekend is sublime. but this:

“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.”

that’s octavio paz. and paz is a badasss. a serious badass. and borges – maybe the biggest badass that has ever lived – called this nove
I wish I hadn’t read the back of The Invention of Morel before I read the novel. Once I read that Borges, Paz, etc. loved this book I felt like I had to like it. Too much pressure.

Fortunately, I think the The Invention of Morel is strong enough that I would have been a fan without any background knowledge. The book is narrated by a fugitive marooned on an island to which the tides carried him after his escape. A house, chapel, and museum occupy the otherwise-deserted island. Soon, however, peop
Nora Dillonovich
This is the kind of book one reads from cover to cover in one sitting (or before bed, and then finishes on the bus in the morning). This is true for a variety of reasons: the length, the mystery evoked in the first twenty or so pages, and the pacing of the narration for the last half.

The narration is haunting, the island where the action (the endless, repetitive action), the events transpire, is eerie, somewhat vague.
The Love (the emotion or obsession or sentiment or consuming need- I dont kno
Terminei há dias este livro e fiquei com a sensação de que não o tinha lido com a dedicação que ele merecia. Como tem pouco mais de 100 páginas, não me assaltou o desespero pela falta de tempo, e reli-o, hoje, sem intrometer entre mim e ele outras leituras.
De facto Jorge Luis Borges tem razão: "não me parece uma imprecisão ou uma hipérbole classificá-lo como perfeito."

Trata-se do diário de um foragido que se refugia numa ilha deserta. Passado um tempo descobre que não está sozinho. Aí conhece F
MJ Nicholls
Lacking in the satirical surrealism found in his later (and some say lesser) NYRB book Asleep in the Sun, unfortunately this one failed to sustain my attention despite forty pages of anticipatory eagerness. The narrator, nameless, mooches around an island spying on a gypsy woman and is evicted from her presence by bearded Frenchmen. Naturally, she is beautiful, naturally he falls in love with her, then something happens to do with photographs and people dying and I didn’t understand most of it, ...more
Glenn Russell
The Invention of Morel was adjudged a perfect work by Jorge Luis Borges, the author’s mentor/friend/frequent collaborator. Anybody familiar with the essays and short fiction of Borges can appreciate what it would mean for one of the great masters of world literature to make such a pronouncement. Perhaps part of Borges’s appraisal reflects how Adolfo Bioy Casares does indeed share much of his same aesthetic and literary sensibilities (after all, they collaborated on 12 books). More specifically, ...more
Bill  Kerwin
"The Invention of Morel" is a romantic classic in which passion triumphs over convention, a surrealist classic in which imagination triumphs over reality, a science fiction classic in which technology triumphs over time, and a mystery story whose fantastic resolution always plays fair with the reader. Is corporeality necessary for human personality? Is community possible even in isolation? Can love survive death and--perhaps what is worse--complete indifference? Bioy Casares novel addresses all ...more
Camille Stein

Ilustración. A5. Bolígrafo. | Alba Ruiz De Miguel -

Todo se ha perdido: la vida con la mujer, la soledad pasada. Sin refugio perduro en este monólogo que, desde ahora, es injustificable.

En la soledad es imposible estar muerto.

Pero debo convencerme: no necesito huir. Vivir con las imágenes es una dicha. Si llegan los perseguidores, se olvidarán de mí ante el prodigio de esta gente inaccesible. Me quedaré.

El narrador de Adolfo Bioy Casares, aunque anclado en una isla supuest
Ebrahim Abdulla
بعد محاولات لم تنجح كثيراً، تعتبر "اختراع موريل" الرواية التي سلّطت الأضواء على أدولفو بيوي كاساريس، لدرجة وصلت لأن يصفها صديقه بورخيس بالرواية الكاملة، وإلهامها لكثير من كتّاب أمريكا اللاتينية ومن أهمهم ماركيز. على الرغم من عدد صفحاتها القليل، إلا أنني قرأت الرواية على فترات متقطعة لأيام، وعانيت بعض الشي أثناء القراءة، ولا أدري إن كانت المشكلة في الترجمة، أم في أسلوب الكاتب، أم في الاثنين معاً؟ (المُترجم دوّن ملاحظة في بداية الكتاب عن صعوبة الأسلوب)، لهذا اضطررت لمشاهدة فيلم إيطالي أٌنتج في الس ...more
At first this book was good but a little predictable. It felt like Last Year at Marienbad. Then it started to feel a little like Celine and Julie Go Boating. These are both great films that I love, so I didn't mind. But the book definitely differs from these in interesting ways, and I really loved the last 30 pages or so. I haven't read Borge's introduction to it yet, but he is so predictable for loving it: it's got most of the signature things in a Borges story: mirrors, reproduction, the fact ...more
Carrie M.
It is almost impossible for me to write a true and honest review of this Masterpiece without talking a little about myself as a reader, in first place. I am the most critical, cynical and skeptical reviewer I ever had the displeasure of discussing a book with. I could apologise. I could try to deny it. I could even try to explain myself claiming I was born like this (which is true) or that I've been brought up by constant complaining about everything/whinning relatives (which is ALSO true), but ...more
Beautifully written, completely original and demands a second and third reading. I understand why Borges was over the moon about this novella. Now I want to watch all of the movies that this story spawned.
The novella reputed to be a main source of inspiration for "Last Year at Marienbad," a reputation which is at once both entirely misleading and endlessly evocative. And also of great interest to me, as Casares's text does not immediately announce itself as the obvious source of inspiration, but instead present ideas and themes echo throughout Robbe-Grillet and Resnais's works, hinting at interpretations and angles that don't necessarily surface in the transplant from an unnamed tropical island t ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
“Non fu come se non mi avesse sentito, come se non mi avesse visto; ma come se le sue orecchie non servissero a sentire, i suoi occhi non servissero a vedere.”

Certe volte abbiamo la sensazione – anzi, la certezza – di essere invisibili. Abbiamo la certezza che qualunque cosa diciamo o facciamo non servirà a cambiare le cose. Abbiamo la certezza che i nostri sentimenti non arriveranno alla persona a cui sono destinati e, se anche arriveranno, che questa non li accoglierà. Abbiamo la certezza che
A character who could be straight out of Borges's "Universal History of Iniquities" takes refuge from the law on a deserted tropical island where he witnesses some pretty strange stuff (I'm trying to be vague here). What seems to begin as the story of a man's slow descent into paranoia turns into what seems like a ghost story before eventually becoming something entirely different - something that could have sprung from the mind of Gene Wolfe or Philip K. Dick on a good day.
A charming little narrative which lulls you into thinking it's 'just another adventure story' and then throws a few genuinely shocking twists at you. I won't reveal their nature, as that would genuinely spoil the book, but let's just say that Philip K. Dick would enjoy this idea as much as Borges or Paz.
I would have given this book 20 stars if it's allowed.

Do you know what The Invention of Morel has always reminded me of?

Somewhere In Time

And more importantly, Last Year At Marienbad

What the three book/movies mentioned about have in common? They are deeply romantic and imaginative.

What can be more romantic than a man risking it all to chase a woman he couldn't possibly be with; trying to win her affection against seemingly impossible odds? Even willingly paid a heavy price for his love?

The Inven
This book did not becoming interesting until page 68 and what with only 103 pages, that makes for a less than satisfying start. But I suppose that’s what you get for choosing a book for its cover (it was a picture of Louise Brooks).
It’s about a fugitive who is hiding on a now-deserted island whose inhabitants are said to have died from a mysterious disease. A group of tourists show up on the island for a holiday and the company-starved fugitive is torn between wanting to know them and fearing th
What an amazing novella! I can understand why Borges thought so highly of Bioy's writing.

A condemned man escapes to a deserted island, but is he alone? He sees people on the island, but they apparently don't see him. Is that part of their plan to capture him and return him to justice? Why are their actions so complex and repetitive? Has he become invisible from eating the wrong roots?

I this strange world, the man slowly unravels the secret of the island and the diabolical mechanisms of Morel's I
Tanuj Solanki
Perhaps Borges destroyed Bioy Casares!

The writing of it should have been a risky adventure. But the diligence those risks evoked in a young Bioy Casares diverted his mind from everything else. While it is a book of metaphysical speculation, the artifice that enables that speculation - the titular invention - is a greater obsession for the writer, so much so that the justification of that artifice becomes the center of the novel. (Contrast this with Kafka, where rationale of the artifices is disp

Es increíble este libro. Adolfo Bioy Casares construye una novela fantástica muy buena.

[Nuestro protagonista,al estar condenado a prisión, decide escaparse. Un vendedor italiano le cuenta que existe una isla dónde nadie se acerca porque dicen que hay una enfermedad que hace que todo aquél que llegue,tenga los síntomas característicos de estar expuesto a la radiación (caída de cabello, de piel, uñas etc). El fugitivo le pide que aún así el quiere escapar a esa isla, por lo que lo termin
Tom Meade
With The Invention of Morel, Casares has not so much written a book as he has created an idea through which it is possible for the reader to wander, overwhelmed by its implications. Having only read this book once (and, even then, half asleep), I don't know that I can fully appreciate the countless layers of ambiguity that lie in the subtlety of the book's plotting and the implications of its contradictions and deliberately open-ended nature. What I can appreciate, however, is that the titular i ...more
My ss gift!

I took a well deserved break from the never ending pile of review copies and ARC's to indulge in a little Lost Literature. This poor little novella has been calling and calling to me from my bookshelf since I unwrapped it (This was one of my SS gifts at christmas time - Thanks again Sherry!) and shelved it with my other TBR's in December.

With the return of Lost - in it's 6th and final season - to ABC, It's calling became near impossible to ignore. I could no longer pass up the little
*English below*

Une idée aussi mince qu'intéressante, et exécutée par le biais d'une écriture décousue et pénible. Trop de style et pas assez de concision; le tout aurait pu se dérouler sur 20 ou 30 pages, avec un narrateur plus accrocheur et moins larmoyant.

L'intérêt du livre reposant essentiellement sur l'exploration réalisée via l'écriture et non sur la narration d'une histoire concrète, je m'y suis ennuyé à mourir.


The main concept of this book, thin yet interesting, is unfolded through unf
After learning that this book inspired the film 'Last Year at Marienbad', it became required reading. And fortunately, that movie is not a direct adaptation of Casares' little novel, but a different dream brought about by similar ideas.

'Last Year at Marienbad' came from the library. I watched it in total darkness, sideways on the floor in the lap of my ex-girlfriend. She was waiting for her boyfriend to get off work. Cold and windy outside, overheated inside. The perfect setting, it felt like an
Josh Ang
A curious little book that is as much a love story as it is a work of "reasoned imagination" as Jorges Luis Borges, a mentor of sorts to the author, calls it in the prologue. A paranoid and terribly insecure fugitive flees to an uninhabited island to escape arrest by the police. There is a museum, swimming pool, and a chapel, signs of abandoned civilization, when inexplicably, a group of people dressed in clothes of another era materialise and dance and party to the the eternal loop of "Tea for ...more
Jorge Luis Borges called it perfect, as did the Mexican poet Octavio Paz. The Invention of Morel by Argentine novelist Adolfo Bioy Casares is a fantastical novella, a carefully constructed conceit. Spare and tautly plotted, this work of “reasoned imagination,” as Borges described it, is the offspring of the speculative fiction of H.G. Wells, the adventure stories of Robert Louis Stevenson and the theological detective stories of G.K. Chesterton. Not coincidentally, it also echoes the themes of B ...more
I maintained a degree of doubt as I was reading this book, but I found myself mostly satisfied by the time I came to the end. This is not because the book came with a "bang" surprise at the end, but simply because I finally had the complete package of the story to evaluate.

In some ways the story is rather light. It has as much idea-content as many significantly shorter stories. It also has a rather naive, and even at times pathetic protagonist, which is sometimes entertaining... for some readers
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Winner of the Gran Premio de Honor da Sociedad Argentina de Escritores (1975), the Cervantes Award (1990) and the Légion d’Honneur da França (1981), Adolfo Bioy Casares (Buenos Aires, 1914-1999) is one of the main writes of the XX century. Also a journalist and translator, he was a friend and collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, with whom he wrote six books and created the ch ...more
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