Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, introduction by Suzanne Jill Levine. By far Bioy Casares’ most famous story, “The Invention of Morel” is still fairly obscure, despite being plugged (and strongly influenced) by his. Praise. “The masterpiece among Bioy Casares’ short, intense novels is The Invention of Morel, a book that won raves from Borges (who placed.

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“The Invention of Morel”, Adolfo Bioy Casares

Norah Borges de Torre Illustrator. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy’s novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious. Inspired by Bioy Casares’s fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Paperbackpages. DoraIreneEl fugitivoFaustineMorel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Invention of Morelplease sign up. Sin embargo, el detalle del acceso al diario de Morel me ha genera un problema de incompatibilidad con otros argumentos de la historia como las cerraduras de las puertas y las cortinas inamovibles.

See all 5 questions about The Invention of Morel…. Lists with This Book. View all 20 comments. Apr 29, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Anybody familiar with the essays and short fiction of Borges can appreciate what it means for one of the great masters of world literature to make such a pronouncement. More specifically, here are some obvious similarities between the writing of the two authors: For the purpose of this review, I will take a specific focus: The s were the heyday of silent films.

The first commercially successful sound film, The Jazz Singerwas released in So, one can imagine a sensitive, imaginative literary artist like Adolfo Bioy Casares born experiencing silent film in the s as a boy and then sound films as a teenager and young man. One thing that makes The Invention of Morel so compelling is just how much of what the narrator and others in the novel experience is parallel to a world saturated with films and TV.

Below are a number of quotes from the novel coupled with my reflections: From here they look like a race of giants. I recall my almost disbelief when, as a kid, I saw the same image repeated a dozen times when I first saw all those TVs turned to the same station in a department store.

There was something freaky about the exact movement and image repeated on all those sets. She was there, and her presence began to take on the quality of a miracle. The atrocious eternal return. Films and TV thrive on easy-to-remember songs and jingles. There is a lot here. What happens to the soul of the people in a city like Los Angeles, for example, when the city is taken over by an entire industry dedicated to producing films and shows populated by stars?

View all 43 comments. Feb 11, Bill Casared rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 invnetion 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 of 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.


Bioy Casares novel addresses all of these questions. Not bad for a little book not quite one hundred pages long. View all 14 comments. Jul 07, s. While the sci-fi elements are engaging and intriguing, it is the beat of the human heart drumming out a rhythm of angst and inevntion that takes center stage inventuon pulls the fantasy elements along while making them still feel fresh decades later.

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The sting of unrequited love and the human desire to cheat death form a beautiful landscape for discussions of immortality and escape through Bioy Casares deft churning of plot and revelation. The diary writer of The Invention of Morel is both literally, emotionally and psychologically stranded on an island.

Escaping a lifetime sentence for an unmentioned crime, he seeks refuge on an island feared for its legends of death and disease amongst what seems like an abandoned vacation resort. The shadowy life sentence hangs over his every move, and when strangers suddenly populate the island, he fears it is an elaborate plot to bring him to justice. This is a story of love, of being denied love and of desiring to capture the feeling of love for all eternity.

Death is the great fear of mortality, and Bioy Casares offers a wild window into attempts to prove the notion that love conquers all, even death in this case.

The Invention of Morel

Inspired by a fixation with actress Louise BrooksInvention explores the depths and depravity of unrequited love, focusing in on the infatuation one can feel for a character in a film or novel. In fits of infatuation, one may act in ways that seems irrational or uncharacteristic from the outside, and the narrator here is a perfect casaree of the frustration and desperation of a one-sided love affair, even if one is in love with the idea of a person rather than the actual person.

The fo unveiling of the plot under intense tones of stress is one of Inventions greatest strengths. This book is difficult to set down as the intensity of the mystery rages at a slow boil. Events take shape like the silhouettes of strangers sauntering out of a mist, and much is left unseen to trouble the reader like icebergs on a dark night at sea.

While we are never invrntion of the crime, there is an illuminating passage during the climactic final pages that chronicles the political struggles of the narrators homeland, slyly incorporating a message of feeling isolated by your own country during times of political strife.

This seems in keeping with the political undertones of Latin American literature and adds an anchor to history for an otherwise weightless jnvention. Undeniably, the story could have easily been expanded upon and encompassed the reader in a vaster field of themes and bloy into the moral implications of the novel; luckily we have the early seasons of LOST to build a world on the thin strands of ideas in this novel.

There is a wider story and plot that could easily be taken to extraordinary places by authors intent more on the impressiveness of plot, but caressing the human heart behind this tale seems a more valuable experience. There is a high price for immortality, and what better to live on bioh eternity than the feelings of love.

For all intensive purposes, Bioy Casares The Invention of Morel lives up to the challenge of immortality and has earned its keep among reissues and Latin American canonization. Everything is shadowy and unsure in the anxious tension that drives Invention. The Editor character that appears in the footnotes adds a further layer to toy with the ideas of authenticity though their role is primarily to highlight inconsistencies and mistakes.

Another interesting aspect of the Editor character is that it assumes the document has been found and that there is a whole further story of discovery to be had out of sight from the reader; there is another chapter to the Invention that we will never know and this heightens the joy.


Jan 30, Seemita rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Then I resumed my efforts, moving to other parts of the wall. Chips fell, and, when large pieces of the wall began to come down, I kept on pounding, bleary-eyed, with an urgency that was far greater than the size of the iron bar, until the resistance of the wall which seemed unaffected by the force of my repeated pounding pushed me to the floor, frantic and exhausted.

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

First I saw, then I touched, the pieces of masonry— they were smooth on one side, harsh, earthy Insane. First I saw, then I touched, the pieces of masonry— they were smooth on one casqres, harsh, earthy on the other: Why does the mind battle its familiar boundaries in the thirst of alien waters? What rewards lie at the other end that compel acceptance of a torturous sentence, bordering on pragmatism and surrealism, pushing the soil beneath the feet to an unknown abyss?

What does one achieve by undertaking a journey that robs him off his sanity and instead, plants a foreign temperament that forges alliance with none, not even with its owner?

Oh no one really knows all the answers but the temptation to venture into such a world is one that has not spared a single, active mind. A convict, fleeing from authorities, lands into an unfamiliar th, which appears to him, as time passes by, as uninhabited too. With no vessel to transport him back in sight, he toils with his survival instinct and somehow, is managing his days in waiting. But his unusual utopia is thrown out of gear when one day, he spots a young beauty at a cliff adjacent to a building, ludicrously named as museum, staring at the setting sun.

He is, at once, jolted off his senses and his intuition pokes him with a warning that this could be a police trap. His initial tentativeness is however, weakened gradually, as the sight appears almost every day and with time, more of her friends begin filling his vision.

Overpowered by curiosity, he inches towards the museum and in time, eavesdrops on conversations. As our narrator dwells rhe into the mysterious appearance of Faustine, her appeal, her gang especially Morel and their purpose on the island, Casares begins tightening the grip, one knot at a time, around an outstanding plot, resting on magic, science and immortality.

While the how is clearly debatable, it does enough damage to a normal brain to banish the usual attire and deep dive casaares the questionable with a restless but freelancer spirit. And literature, I feel, must always achieve this objective. And for this ambitious dilemma alone, I am glad I quarantined my sanity for a while.

View all 37 comments. Tal vez, hacer lo que hacen todos: Jun 21, Mutasim Billah rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is difficult to argue the truth of this opinion on this seminal work of fantastic fiction. However, one thing is for certain: Morel is a masterpiece of modernist fiction. Adolfo Bioy Casares’ plot and aesthetic appears to be strongly influenced by Borges, which isn’t casafes surprise considering the mentor-pupil friendsh “To classify it as perfect is neither an imprecision nor a hyperbole.

Adolfo Bioy Casares’ plot and aesthetic appears to be strongly influenced by Borges, which isn’t a surprise considering the mentor-pupil friendship of the two authors. The book explores the life of a fugitive who is hiding on a deserted island. His narration shows a constant fear of being turned over to the law.

It is this fear that has driven him to travelling in terse conditions and battling harsh weather to reach this island.