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By Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne Jill Levine

This selection of conventional and experimental tales by way of Argentinian novelist Bioy Casares ( The Adventures of a Photographer in los angeles Plata ) bargains subtle, seamless prose, in addition to magical realism and biting political satire. - Publishers Weekly

A Russian Doll and different tales is the 9th number of brief fiction through considered one of this century's optimum Argentinian writers who, along with his fellow countrymen Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges, helped swap the world's belief of Latin American literature. Bioy Casares's narratives are dependent and urbane, his variety special and streamlined, as he paces his characters via seriocomic traps of fate––ensnared through love, impelled via lust, ambition, or undeniable greed, even metamorphosed through prescription drugs. those aren't tales in a mental mode yet just like the photo of the Russian doll of the identify piece are conscientiously wrought congeries of intractable selves inside selves.

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