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Where There's Love, There's Hate

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  89 reviews
A witty yet gripping pastiche of murder mysteries set in an Argentine seaside resort, peppered with literary allusions

In seaside Bosque de Mar, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortune: the mysterious death of one of their party, and an investigation headed by the physician, writer and insufferable busybody, Dr. Humberto Huberman. When quiet, young trans
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Melville House (first published August 8th 1946)
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Peter Landau
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about WHERE THERE’S LOVE, THERE’S HATE, a sort of detective novel satire that’s really a mediation on reading, is that such a slim niche book would never get published today. Of course, I’m wrong.The Argentinean novel, originally published in 1946, is making its first foray into English thanks to the wonderful independent publisher Melville House. Still, I find the work an anomaly. That it’s co-written by married couple Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo is unusual. ...more
Nate D
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Travel reading -- a slightly absurd, slightly sarcastic novel of detection set in a remote resort, perfect for my current environs (particularly a quick foray onto the remote island of Delma, in the Gulf of Arabia). Co-authors (and Argentine literary power couple who never otherwise collaborated directly on a novel) Casares and Ocampo were friends of Borges and their own brand of fantacist and surrealist (respectively) in their own right so they imbue this story of a mysterious death on vacation ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing special about this routine variation on the theme of a murder committed in an enclosed location, with a limited number of suspects. I was never really engaged with the puzzle, and only enjoyed the evocation of the wind-blown shore and the idiosyncrasies of the narrator. These were very minor pleasures and I feel rather aggravated by the grandiose claims made by Suzanne Jill Levine in her introduction to this edition. This story doesn't even deserve a footnote in Argentinian liter ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The husband/wife team of Adolfo Bioy-Casares and Silvina Ocampo are responsible for a hilarious detective novel, Where There's Love, There's Hate. (You may recall that Bioy-Casares collaborated with Jorge Luis Borges on several classics of Argentinian literature under the combined name of H. Bustos Domecq.)

The narrator is the pompous Dr Humberto Huberman, who seems to require 10 drops of arsenic orally at least once a day. He is at the resort of Bosque del Mar at the Hotel Central, which is run
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Quick and easy. Casares writes effortlessly, laying a subtle veneer of sarcasm and humor over this send up of mysteries and detective stories. Using the isolated house in the country, or in this case, the beach, ala "Ten Little Indians", Casares and his wife Sylvia Ocampo collaborated on this one. The effect is not unlike the slightly off kilter touch Alfred Hitchcock mysteries often contained, although this predates it by several years. ...more
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Re-read, this time, with the students
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where There's Love, There's Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo, literary luminaries from Argentina (and, incidentally, husband and wife), was first published in 1946. It was translated into English for the first time in 2013. Casares and Ocampo managed to produce an interesting mystery in the "British country house" style that is a clever murder mystery, a witty parody of those same Golden Age novels, and a highly literary piece of fiction all rolled into one. Suzanne Jill Levine and ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
What do Marcel Proust, Lillian Hellman, Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares have in common? Their maids wrote books about them. So, according to the lady who 'did' for Bioy and Silvina, those two were hard at it like rabbits several times a day, often leaving their guests to themselves for half an hour's bedroom sport in the afternoon. I wonder if this could account for the mind-boggling amount of non-sequiturs (both semantic and psychological) in Bioy's work. Maybe in his post-coital lang ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this; a quirky, funny mystery that makes fun of the genre while being a good read in itself.

Goodreads Read Harder Challenge: A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Challenge complete! This was really fun and I read and enjoyed some things I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. (I’m on my second Miss Marple right now.) Here’s to 2019!
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mostly just found this irritating. It was a seeming satire of detective novels, but the narrator was super annoying and the whole thing didn't really interest me. I can't help but wonder if there's some cultural context I'm missing. ...more
A spoof on closed room mysteries, a homage to Golden Age crime novels, and a fun piece of literature in its own right, written by Argentinian husband-wife team Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo. But it is too flimsy to give it more than 2 stars...
David Macpherson
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a decent spoof of mysteries. A remote hotel and a dead woman. There were parts that were terrific and weird and played up the traditions of mysteries really well, but it was kind of pedestrian for a lot of it.
Chris Shaffer
A little simplistic compared to Casares' other books. ...more
Nice little pastiche of the bumbling amateur detective who solves (or fails to) the mystery - not great but a nice little tidbit
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 7, 2015

2 friends of mine gave me this bk at the "mm 49: Vivian Fine Marathon!" (check out the feature-length movie online: ) on December 21, 2014E.V. As everyone who knows me knows, giving me a bk is something that is always welcome.. but.. what bk to get me is quite a challenge: I have so many bks already. This was an excellent choice: I have an
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I'm a bit disappointed that it didn't turn out as promising as I'd hoped. I picked this book up after finding it on the list of 'must read' classics by POC. When I found out it was a murder mystery too -- and especially the 1930s-1940s classic mysteries that I love -- I thought I'd stumbled onto a hidden gem.

On the positives, each chapter is really short so this is a pretty quick story to read. -- But apart from that this was a mess. I'm
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining read. Basically, this is a send up of the detective genre of fiction. However, there is no mean-spiritedness intended by the authors. They happen to be fans of the genre. The approach is a gentle poking at some of the overused elements in the literature. And, that's where the fun comes in. I found myself chuckling out loud at some of the characters' observations. They were sarcastic which may imply that the humor is dark. Not so. No sooner does a character make a pro ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This tiny (128 pages) Argentinian murder mystery was originally published in 1946 and translated into English in 2013. A murder (or is it suicide?) takes place in a remote seaside hotel with only a few possible suspects. The main narrator is Doctor Humberto Huberman who, although a suspect himself, also plays the role of assistant investigator when the police finally show up.

Dr. Huberman reminded me of Agatha Christie's Poirot; he is a bit vain and also much attached to his meals. The writing wa
Shawn Birss
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finishing The Invention of Morel last week, and finding it immediately among my favourite novels, I did a quick search at the library for other books by the same author, and came upon this one.

As a reader who came of age reading Sherlock Holmes novels, I took a particular delight in this one. It is a snappy, very tightly plotted murder mystery on one level. But on a deeper level, it is also a witty, tongue-in-cheek, self-aware little sendup of the genre. It is highly readable, and a lot o
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
The murder mystery, perhaps my most detested genre, gets a refreshing dose of absurdity & surrealism in this slim story by the famous Argentinian artistic & literary husband & wife team of Adolfo Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocampo. The usual puzzles & peregrinations contain the added spice of a bizarre location - a hotel on a bleak & deserted stretch of beachfront frequented by vicious sandstorms - as well as a colorful & entertaining narrator. The action is lively, the characters suitably suspect & ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A parody of the tea-cozy mystery genre in which the commission of the simplest crimes are executed with Rube Goldberg-like precision. Thankfully there’s always someone nearby who is too clever by half—just the right proportion needed for solving the case. Silvina Ocampo (one of the co-authors) is currently getting the attention she deserves (at least in the English-speaking world) with a spate of novels and poetry newly translated into English. Ocampo was good friends with Borges, who also somet ...more
Nick Doty
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I like everything about the writing of this book -- the husband/wife authors (who coyly refer to themselves with cameo appearances), the apparent relationship between the authors, Borges and their super close literary circle, reading the book in translation when one of the main characters is a translator and details of how she translates detective story books into English are important to the plot.

The story itself is fine. The pastiche is witty and the mystery is interesting, but neither matches
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was fun to read this book while in Argentina. My favorite passage has to be the following: "The future will belong to politicians, to the literati, to the educator who controls the rhetoric of detail. There is always a particular detail whose alteration paves the way for the most radical change of the whole" (92).
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really had high expectations for this one but it is a dry crime story. I waited and waited in vain for some spark of south american mystery / strange parallel realities / some chills. But it was nothing. Completely nothing. The only advantage is, it can be read really fast. Moreover there are too many characters for such a short novel, so a bit confusing at times
Abhishek Kona
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun mystery book, set in on the Argentine Atlantic coast. A doctor on a plan for a relaxing beach vacation runs into a murder. He tries his best to solve the mystery but it solves itself.

Well written, flourishing language, uplifts the spirit.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Mildly amusing murder mystery, written as a spoof on the genre. The most interesting parts were the literary touches, such as the name of the mystery boat, the Joseph K, and the regular reference to the Satyricon... which, ironically, I just finished reading.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s got some funny bones, but the rest of the skeleton isn’t strong enough to holds itself upright.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
exposition wasn't a strength but i enjoyed the quirky doctor and send-up of parlor room murder mystery. ...more
A funny, satirical take on the mystery genre with a dazzlingly pompous and obnoxiously un-self-aware narrator who amuses rather than repels.
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Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999) was born in Buenos Aires, the child of wealthy parents. He began to write in the early Thirties, and his stories appeared in the influential magazine Sur, through which he met his wife, the painter and writer Silvina Ocampo, as well Jorge Luis Borges, who was to become his mentor, friend, and collaborator. In 1940, after writing several novice works, Bioy published ...more

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