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The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
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Jan 30, 11

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, argentina

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.
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Adam More great reviews of great books!


John Thanks! What a head-trip this book was.


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Benjamin Some critics think a) Bioy-Casares is playing with Wells here--Morel is a transformation of Moreau; b) that this book is a secret inspiration for Last Year at Marienbad (1961, dir. Alain Resnais, writer Alain Robbe-Grillet).


John Haven't read Moreau nor watched Last Year in Marienbad (the Wikipedia description sounds awesome, tho), but I do wish Bioy-Casares lived long enough to be hired by JJ Abrams to re-write the last season of Lost.


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