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Adolfo Bioy Casares

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Adolfo Bioy Casares (September 15, 1914 - March 18, 1999) was an Argentine fiction writer.

Bioy Casares was born in Buenos Aires. He wrote his first story ("Iris y Margarita") at the age of 11. He was a friend and frequent collaborator of Jorge Luis Borges and wrote many stories with him under the pseudonym of H. Bustos Domecq. Bioy Casares and Borges were introduced in 1932 by Victoria Ocampo, whose sister, writer Silvina Ocampo, Bioy Casares was to marry in 1940. Their only child, Marta, was born in 1954.

His best known novel is La invención de Morel. It is the story about a man who, evading justice, escapes to an island which was said to be infected with a mysterious fatal disease. While struggling to comprehend why everything seemed to repeat, he realized that all the people he saw there were actually recordings made with a special machine invented by Morel which was able to record not only three dimensional images, but also the voices and the smell making it indistinguishable to reality. The story mixes realism, fantasy, science fiction and terror.

He won several awards, including the Gran Premio de Honor of SADE (the Argentine society of writers, 1975), the French Légion d'honneur (1981), the title of Illustrious Citizen of Buenos Aires (1986), and the Premio Miguel de Cervantes (awarded to him in 1991 in Alcalá de Henares).

Adolfo Bioy Casares is buried in La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.

Contents

Works

Novels

  • La invención de Morel (1940, translated into English as The Invention of Morel, ISBN 1590170571)
  • Plan de evasión (1945, translated into English as A Plan for Escape, ISBN 1555971075)
  • El sueño de los héroes (1954, translated into English as Dream of Heroes, ISBN 0704326345)
  • Diario de la guerra del cerdo (1969, translated into English as Diary of the War of the Pig, ISBN 0070737428)
  • Dormir al Sol (1973, translated into English 1978 as Asleep in the Sun, ISBN 0892550309)
  • La aventura de un fotógrafo en La Plata (1985, translated into English as The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata, ISBN 0747507988)
  • Un campeón desparejo (A Fragile Champion, 1993)

Books of Stories

  • Prólogo (Prologue, 1929)
  • 17 disparos contra el porvenir (17 Shots Against the Future, 1933)
  • La estatua casera (The Household Statue, 1936)
  • La trama celeste (The Celestial Plot, 1948)
  • Luis Greve, muerto (Luis Greve, Deceased, 1937)
  • Las vísperas de Fausto (Faust's Eve, 1949)
  • Historia prodigiosa (A Remarkable History, 1956)
  • Guirnalda con amores (Guirnalda with Loves1959)
  • El lado de la sombra (The Shady Side, 1962)
  • El gran serafín (The Great Seraph, 1967)
  • El héroe de las mujeres (The Hero and the Women, 1978)
  • Historias desaforadas (Colossal Stories, 1986)

Generally, these Spanish-language collections have not been systematically translated into English. English language collections include:

Letters

  • En viaje (Travelling, 1996), letters to Silvina

Works in collaboration

With Jorge Luis Borges

  • Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi (1942, translated into English as Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi, ISBN 0525480358)
  • Dos fantasías memorables (Two Memorable Fantasies, 1946)
  • Un modelo para la muerte (A Model for Death, 1946)
  • Crónicas de Bustos Domecq (1967, translated into English as Chronicles of Bustos Domecq, ISBN 0525475486)
  • Libro del cielo y del infierno, (The Book of Heaven and Hell, 1960)
  • Nuevos cuentos de Bustos Domecq (New Stories by Bustos Domecq, 1977)

Dos fantasías memorables and Un modelo para la muerte were originally published in private printings of only 300 copies. The first commercial printings were in 1970.

With Silvina Ocampo

  • Los que aman, nunca odian (Those Who Love, Never Hate, 1946)

Screenplays

With Jorge Luis Borges

  • Los Orilleros (1955, The Hoodlums)
  • El Paraíso de los Creyentes (1955, The Paradise of the Believers)
  • Invasión (1969, Invasion)

External link

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