The Invention of Morel

By Adolfo Bioy Casares; Susan Jill Levine (Translator); Ruth L. C. Simms (Translator)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590170571, 120pp.)

Publication Date: September 2003

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Jorge Luis Borges declared "The Invention of Morel" a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to "The Turn of the Screw" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth." 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. Greatly admired by Julio CortAzar, Gabriel GarcIa MArquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

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