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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For example, in Bioy, trees on the island die before maturity; in the series, it is infants who die.

“The Invention of Morel”, Adolfo Bioy Casares – Waggish

There is a thf price for immortality, and what better to live on for eternity than the feelings of love. There’s not much I can say here without giving away the twist in this book, so this post will be a short one. At this point, other strange things begin to happen.

I tasted the name: At first the slowness, repetitiveness earned the book a 2 star rating and my reading ability a one lone lonely star. He ivnention to tell her his feelings, casared an anomalous phenomenon keeps them apart. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Yet the substance of his book is identical to that of the series, with a few twists thrown into the series reflecting more modern tastes and technologies.

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They dance in a storm and swim in a pool that is full of rotten leaves and decaying fish. The work also seems to be an ode to the world of movies since Casares was quite fascinated by them while growing inention. View all 4 comments. Jan 30, Seemita rated it really liked it Recommends it for: So often, I miss the notes. Casares seems to be anticipating the hazard of such scientific inventions which man may undertake to gain immortality in the future.

Casares totally surprised me at that point by taking the story in a direction that I had not considered, thus making the last forty od especially riveting.


I am captivated by the setting and protagonist’s inner conflicts.

The Invention of Morel

I’m going for the former, something metaphysically is fucked up, and part of my life is on repeat, like in Groundhog’s Dayor that movie with Adam Sandler which might be Groundhog’s Day, but I’m fairly certain that starred Bill Murraybut without being able to exhibit any kind of freewill or act on the repetition I am now an unwilling part in, like I can go do other things, but everything else is going to happen exactly as before, or maybe not everything, but at least this one thing, this one fucking review that will just keep floating back up morning and ccasares, and I must confront it over and over again, sort of like Waiting for Godot but with only one act but repeated forever.

Adolfo Bioy Casares’ plot and aesthetic axolfo to be strongly influenced by Borges, which isn’t a surprise considering the mentor-pupil friendship of the two authors. His work seems to confirm my old axiom: As long as the work of art lives, the name of artist remains immortal. Morel himself is in love with Faustine, but for reasons never explained entirely she cannot be his.

Even willingly paid a heavy price for his love? It shunned an ice pack, a heating pad. How can one possibly describe this multi-faceted, metaphysical, mysterious, surreal and surprising novella?

At least he is sure she is not Morel’s lover. And so, at the end of it, the fugitive has sentenced himself to death, but he too off live on forever in that one week upon the island, with Faustine. He understands that the phenomena of the two suns and two moons are a consequence of what happens when axolfo recording mrel reality — one is the real sun and the other one represents the sun’s position at recording time.

Why does the mind battle its familiar boundaries in the thirst of alien waters?

He points out that the conversations between Faustine and Morel repeat every week and fears he is going crazy. The fugitive returns to the museum to investigate and finds no evidence of people being there during his absence. So like Bkoy Justineno? She sits on a rock and comes every afternoon to watch the sunset.


These become more prevalent as the story goes on, almost suggesting that the faceless editor is trying to assert himself as a character. It is, quite simply, a lovely, wistful, enchanting work of art, luminous, elusive, evocative, and profound. It sounds absolutely brilliant. DoraIreneEl fugitivoFaustineMorel 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.

There are relatively minor differences in the series and the book having mainly to do with the level of contemporary technological development reached in each case.

The Invention of Morel – Wikipedia

Pages to import images to Wikidata. He retreats to the swamps while they take over the museum on top of the hill where he used to live. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I am quite taken by the power of his writing style and after the strong recommendation of Mike, do look forward to reading more of him. Immortality is not the only complex theme that Casares deals with. I breathe it in. In he wrote: Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

Perhaps sitting on the terrace in the sun put me in a better state of mind. Casares poses a multitude of metaphysical questions in this very short work, which, with apologies I also won’t disclose for fear of ruining things; he also makes some interesting social and political observations vis a vis the narrator’s interest in Malthusian theory.

A rather good drawing is shown in the book.