Best known as Jorge Luis Borges's right-hand man, Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999) was, in his own right, an inventive writer of considerable skill. His works, often dismissed summarily as fantastic fiction, are now ripe for reassessment. This volume looks at Bioy's extensive oeuvre which offers many surprising reflections on the twentieth century's cultural, social and political transformations, both in Argentina and farther afield. Topics covered include Bioy's meditations on isolation and logic, and his enduring fascination with the impact of photography on all artistic representation.
Introduction Rethinking Adolfo Bioy Casares Karl Posso Chapter 1 Adolfo Bioy Casares: A Biographical Sketch John King Chapter 2 Borges's Appendix: Reflections on Bioy's Diary Daniel Balderston Chapter 3 Bioy and Borges: From the Third Man to the World of Bustos Domecq Michel Lafon Chapter 4 Every Man is an Island: Bioy's Fiction Stephen Henighan Chapter 5 1969: Youth and Rebellion in Diario de la guerra del cerdo and Invasion Jordana Blejmar Chapter 6 The Fantastic in Bioy's Short Stories Jesus Rodero Chapter 7 Bioy, Ocampo and the Photographic Image Fiona J. Mackintosh Chapter 8 To Love in the Infinitive: Time, Image and the Powers of the False in La invencion de Morel Karl Posso