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Chronicles of Bustos Domecq

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  20 reviews
“In a series of short, sly, ironic essays...[the authors] invert, deflate, and dismantle most of the aesthetic fads of our time....Domecq is a seedy literary journalist....a pompous, brainless critic of every art in sight. He is hilariously awful and a great creation.” The Atlantic Monthly

“The real target of [the authors’] often uproarious gibes is modernism--or the part o
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Paperback, 143 pages
Published April 1st 1979 by Dutton (first published 1967)
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Caroline
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found the book in a dusty used book shop and was halfway through before I smacked my forehead and realized that it is perfect accompaniment reading for articles on Borges’s widow’s case accusing Pablo Katchadjian of plagiarism for elaborating on The Aleph by adding about 5,600 more words to Borges’s original text. (I realize several of these articles must discuss the very same thing, but not the ones I happen to have stumbled upon.)

Because the very first profile of imaginary artists in this c
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sigurd
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
avevo scritto in risposta a un utente che aveva liquidato i nuovi racconti di bustos domecq (pseudonimo di Bioy Casares e Borges)
Considero le cronache uno dei più bei libri del novecento, nei 100 libri da salvare del 900, sicuramente. Ha influenzato molti narratori nel novecento (penso ad esempio ai giochi più riusciti di Cortazar e Wilckock, che però non superano le cronache e sono molte spanne al di sotto).
é un libro flaubertiano, con particolare riferimento al Flaubert di Bouvard e Pecuchet
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Daniel Polansky
A pedant reviews a series of imaginary (though plausible) artistic trends; unreadable books, indigestible food, uninhabitable buildings. Basically a series of clever jabs at post-modernism, the sort of conceptual art which imagines itself superior to form and has been turning out clones of DuChamp's fountain for going on a century. It's a little one note, but then again I can get down with anyone taking a fat crap on Le Corbusier. Fuck that dude. The poor citizens of Brasilia, forced to grapple ...more
Louise
Je me suis promise de lire toute l’oeuvre de Borges, qu’elle soit majeure ou anecdotique, tellement ses réflexions et visions me laissent baba à coup sûr. Borges a écrit les Chroniques de Bustos Domecq à quatre mains avec son ami Adolfo Bioy Casares. Ils ont visiblement pris beaucoup de plaisir à écrire ces biographies fictives d’artistes plus conceptuels que Platon avalé par Duchamp digéré par Buren.
Comme souvent la forme pêche alors que le fond est terrible, ça me frustre toujours parce que j’
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Tom Lichtenberg
This is a fun, light-hearted collection of "reviews" of non-existent works by non-existent authors. Never mean-spirited, Borges and Bioy-Casares take on the persona of Bustos Domecq, a member of a fictional in-crowd of Argentine literary circles. Their subjects cover a wide range of the arts, though mostly centered on poetry, whose luminaries include one whose several books each consist of a single word, and one who plagiaries not mere passages but entire famous works, and one who is so given to ...more
Catherine
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diy-canon, stories
Borges and his bff wrote what is basically a nonsense pamphlet that compiles various inside jokes, fictitious authors, and argumentative footnotes in order to parody ~The Modern Aesthetic~. It's ridiculous and I love it.
Alonso Dominguez
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"La respuesta confirmo mi brusca sospecha. Me dijo que todos, o casi todos, se los habia contado Nierenstein, y los demás, Nicasio Medeiro, que fue gran contertulio del finado. Agrego que lo gracioso es que Nerenstein los contaba muy mal y que la gente de la zona los mejoraba. De golpe todo se aclaró: el afán del poeta por lograr una literatura absoluta... Nierenstein retomó la tradición que, desde Homero hasta la cocina de los peones y el club... Contaba mal sus invenciones porque sabia que el ...more
Tom
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two top writers from Argentina (Borges and the under-appreciated Adolfo Bioy-Casares) compose a series of mock essays about various (fictional) Modernist cliques, sub-sub-movements, and figures. Even these parodies—what Borges and Bioy-Casares cranked out, seemingly based on passing whims—have had the power to impress following generations of Latin and Spanish literature. (Bolaño's "Nazi Literature in the Americas," for instance, is a similar exercise.)
Aaron
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This isn't a major work of Borges, but it's fun, witty, and creative. It consists of a series of reviews of imaginary works of literature and art. The chapter on food is an uncanny prediction of molecular gastronomy.
Leonardo
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of refine parodies and metaliterature
Recommended to Leonardo by: Cecilia
Los cuentos/crónicas/invenciones atribuidos a H. Bustos Domecq probablemente sea una de las obras menos conocidas o leídas de la obra de Borges y Bioy Casares, lo cual es una lástima, pero, en cierta medida, es perfectamente comprensible. Estos textos (a falta de un término que resuma mejor su flexibilidad de género literario) le permitieron a sus autores ir más allá del género fantástico con el que usualmente son identificados. También les permitió adentrarse sin tapujos en los territorios del ...more
Emilio
Oct 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de humor que sabe demasiado a viejo.
Nos encontramos con un humorístico compendio de artículos sobre multitud de manifestaciones del arte en un tono de absoluta pedantería. Adolfo acomete esta genialidad de libro, a la par que insoportable, para criticar el arte contemporáneo, o eso me ha parecido.
A veces recuerda al tono del Karel Kapec de la Guerra de las Salamandras o al Vance de Cugel. Pero en pedante. Es divertido, te echas unas risas, pero según avanzas se va haciendo arduo y pasto
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Cecilia
Cuando dos genios se juntan una/o no puede menos que darle 5 estrellas... Estos cuentos son parte de las ediciones de Bustos Domecq. Cuentan que todo surgió a modo de broma, un fin de semana en el que un joven Borges y un joven Bioy Casares se fueron a la estancia de la familia de este último, para crea un folleto de venta de leche para la familia de Bioy.
Las bromas que surgieron dieron pie a los escritos de Bustos Domecq y a las investigaciones de Don Isidro Parodi. El humor ideomático e intel
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Alas, I was knee-high to a grasshopper when I read this. In fact, I was in my mother's womb. How on Earth did I smuggle the bk in? Maybe I was inside somebody else's mother's womb. Whatever the case, I'm using the time elapsed as an excuse for not remembering much about this. Nonetheless, I remember being disappointed by it. It seems that it makes fun of "modernism" in the usual kindof so-called 'conservative' way. Not that "modernism" can't stand to be deflated but it's all a matter of what one ...more
Oxiborick
Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi es un monumento a las historias de detectives. Las otras dos partes en que se divide el libro (cuentos y crónicas de Bustos Domecq) son lo más aburrido del mundo.
Tuve que leer 'por encimita', con miedo a que se me escapara algo chido, pero nah. Es que siento que 'Cuentos y crónicas' está más cargado para el lado de Bioy Casares que de Borges, y en otras ocasiones sí se puede leer a Borges, pero es el Borges insoportablito, con argentinismos, con esa actitud
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Thurston Hunger
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some of the earlier ones didn't work as well for me, but I would encourage folks to stick with this collection. The story, "Tafas, A Talented Brush" was a nice afterdinner mint for the meal of the video "My Kid Could Paint That." "What's Missing Hurts Not" is tremendous as well, as the saying goes "Ogre lives no roof at all."

Thank you Norman Thomas di Giovanni for allowing me to read this in English. Is there already a patron saint for translators, if not Norman sets the norm.
Errol Orhan
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
À fan of Borges' fiction, I was hoping that this collection would present me with thought provoking tales that are more about weird, cool and plain interesting ideas, than about the characters that put them forward. And that it was. Awesome ideas about art, scary ones about biology and à perfect one about the absurdity of the media. À perfect little book!
niuz
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
A pesar de que se trata de un libro muy ameno y gracioso en cierto sentido por el hecho de que todas las reseñas y comentarios son a artistas ficticios, si sería requisito estar inmerso o tener cierto conocimiento sobre crítica del arte. De lo contrario algunos capítulos podrían pasar incomprensibles.
Rozonda
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Muy divertida y ferozmente satirica con el arte y la intelligentsia de su época, pero esta colección de criticas y entrevistas de artistas ficticios (algo muy borgiano) no alcanza el nivel de las geniales historias de Isidro Parodi que también crearon Borges y Bioy. Aun así, un libro muy entretenido e ingenioso.
Ed Siqueira
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironia argentina num encontro de amigos
Este encontro entre Borges e Casares parece uma festa entre amigos. Dois títulos compõem esta edição. O primeiro, "Crônicas de Bustos Domecq", é imperdível como exercício de ironia. Os "Novos contos de Bustos Domecq" é que não surpreendem tanto. O velho Honório parece melhor personagem que autor.
Денис Гусев
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Отличная, смешная книга, которая даёт доступное объяснение той бури, которую переживало искусство в разных сферах в середине 20 века.
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes]), was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also wo ...more