A RUSSIAN DOLL by Adolfo Bioy Casares

A RUSSIAN DOLL

and Other Stories
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 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. 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8112-1211-4
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: New Directions
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1992




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