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Diary of the War of the Pig by Adolfo Bioy Casares
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Dec 20, 2010

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bookshelves: argentina, read-in-2010, dystopiary
Recommended to Nate D by: Borges praise
Recommended for: the cautious elderly

In an unexpected foreshadowing (perhaps) of the impending Social Security crisis, this is a chilling, strange account of a Buenos Aires that has, without warning, violently turned on its elderly. Casares is best known for his collaborations with Borges, and for early work of the philosophic fantastic The Invention of Morel, which inspired Last Year at Marienbad and the second Brothers Quay feature. This late novel may actually surpass that one in many ways: War's narration gives it a much more immediate sense of urgency and tension than Invention's oddly removed dairy entries, while maintaining Casares' usual density of ideas. And despite the sheer darkness of the concept -- the story follows six friends in their twilight years who find themselves suddenly the targets of mob violence with the rest of the older population of the city -- the tone keeps things oddly brisk and at times ironic. This is almost Kafka territory: it is as if there is an inevitability and absurdity to brutality that can only be met with a sort of cynical resignation.
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December 20, 2010 – Started Reading
December 20, 2010 – Shelved
December 20, 2010 – Shelved as: argentina
December 21, 2010 – Finished Reading
January 19, 2011 – Shelved as: dystopiary
November 12, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2010

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Glenn Russell Fine short review, Nate. I just did post my own review of this dark novel.


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