By Adolfo Bioy Casares
This selection of conventional and experimental tales via Argentinian novelist Bioy Casares ( The Adventures of a Photographer in los angeles Plata ) deals subtle, seamless prose, in addition to magical realism and biting political satire. - Publishers Weekly
A Russian Doll and different tales is the 9th choice of brief fiction by means of one in every of this century's premiere Argentinian writers who, together with his fellow countrymen Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges, helped swap the world's conception of Latin American literature. Bioy Casares's narratives are based and urbane, his kind certain and streamlined, as he paces his characters via seriocomic traps of fate––ensnared via love, impelled via lust, ambition, or undeniable greed, even metamorphosed through prescription drugs. those should not tales in a mental mode yet just like the photo of the Russian doll of the identify piece are rigorously wrought congeries of intractable selves inside of selves.
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She looked a lot like her photo on the website. Would we see each other again? I’d had enough of all those dates that never lead to anything, as if after a while, for guys like me, there’s no tomorrow. I waited for her outside, on the sidewalk. The stores were open, the weather wasn’t really nice yet, but all the same. It had taken me so many years to forget that I think, in the end, I wasn’t sure anymore what it was I wanted to forget. I looked at the customers in the café. The waiters, the high school kids, you often saw them laughing and smiling, how to take my place among them again?
Why are you thinking about him? Benjamin asked. I don’t know, I replied. It just came into my mind, no reason. Oh, right. He paused for a moment, then talked again about their plan, in two years’ time they might drive along Route 66 with some friends of theirs, or else they’d rent a van, set off from San Antonio, take two weeks, go all the way up to the Great Lakes. ” He gave a low laugh. ” He wasn’t alone with me anymore. “All right, say hello to her for me, Ben. ” I put down the phone and sat on the couch.
Step on the gas! He didn’t seem to understand, but we did eighty on the section of the road running alongside the river over toward Tour Bellini. Finally he came out and drove nice and gently in the opposite direction, toward Pont de Levallois. I wanted to give my son a hug, but instead we just talked about the following week. We turned left, in the direction of Louise Michel, and I felt very happy and very old at the same time, that evening. I didn’t feel like going to bed, I wouldn’t be able to sleep.
A Russian Doll & Other Stories by Adolfo Bioy Casares