Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, introduction by Suzanne Jill Levine. By far Bioy Casares’ most famous story, “The Invention of Morel” is still fairly obscure, despite being plugged (and strongly influenced) by his. Praise. “The masterpiece among Bioy Casares’ short, intense novels is The Invention of Morel, a book that won raves from Borges (who placed.
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The nameless narrator is a fugitive who has escaped to a remote, abadoned island that has the stigma of disease over it.
Will he lose his capacity for language?
The Invention of Morel
Will he lose his humanity? Yes, but this process is interrupted, then furthered by the sudden appearance on the island of a number of refined sophisticates, including the beautiful Faustina, whom he falls in love with.
This despite the fact that none of them will acknowledge his presence. Other strangeness occurs, notably the presence of two moons and two suns in the sky.
His unspecified crime could have cast him out from the fabric of humanity and left him socially invisible. He could be imagining or recreating life on the island when he is in fact alone. But these are all wrong; the hints of anomie are, ultimately, a blind.
The explanation is that he is not seeing people, not quite; what he is seeing is a projection of a recording made of past events, but a projection that has its own reality and is being superimposed on the island hence the two sun and two moons. The leader of the group, Morel, concocted the invention, which will endlessly replay the week they spent on the island years ago.
The downside is that at the time of projection, the force of the superimposed reality is so strong as to draw the life from those inveention and place it in the projected copies.
A Moment in Eternity: Adolfo Bioy Casares’ The Invention of Morel | anenduringromantic
Bioy Casares combines two themes in unorthodox fashion. In he wrote:. And Bioy Casares evokes both the horror and the wonder that a week of reasonable existence with only minor troubles should become an eternal prison for its unknowing participants.
The second theme is the transmigration of consciousness from the original person to the replica, which then plays out its part endlessly, never knowing that it has done it countless times before, nor that is not the original person—partly because it is. Bioy Casares uses a consciousness thought experiment decades before they came into vogue: Morel claims his machine creates nothing, only replicates what exists, but Bioy Casares makes it clear that the machine restructures reality.
The basic concepts here were used in many, many science-fiction novels later on though not so many beforehand, as far as I know ; the story is unique for its alienation from the consciousness that persists on in the projections.
In nearly all other stories of shifting metaphysics, the characters still obtain a working knowledge of the problem at hand, which ultimately provides their only satisfaction; here, Bioy Casares sets up a situation in which they cannot. In he wrote: Leave a Reply Cancel reply.