Bioy Casares (The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata, 1989, The Dream of Heroes, 1988, etc.)--once a collaborator with...

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A RUSSIAN DOLL and Other Stories

Bioy Casares (The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata, 1989, The Dream of Heroes, 1988, etc.)--once a collaborator with his fellow Argentine Borges--is a gently funny writer who in his short stories gives play to an entertaining surrealism and talent for disexpectation. He has an unerring talent for genre, too: the travel diary (""Our Trip [A Diary]""--in which the whimsy comes more from a cast of different imaginary female companions than from the sights seen) or the shaggy-dog-story-form (the title story, or ""A Meeting in Rauch,"" or ""Underwater""--in which great surprises are in store for a traveller who finds himself operating in someone else's fantastic context) or the simple anecdote (""Regarding A Smell""). Continually inventive throughout--though occasionally a little overblown and toying--and therefore the cumulative effect of this quite small book is very pleasant.

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 1992

ISBN: 0811212122

Page Count: 128

Publisher: New Directions

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1992