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Where There's Love, There's Hate (1946)

by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Silvina Ocampo (Author)

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This fun novella is both a mystery story and a gentle parody of a mystery story, with poisons, atmospheric events, people who aren't who they seem to me, a dead bird, literary allusions, and lots of subtle humor. It begins as a somewhat pompous and self-satisfied doctor travels to a remote Argentine beach resort, owned by his cousin who, he points out, owes him money so he gets to stay without charge. He encounters a group of other visitors, one of whom is poisoned to death that very night. Soon, everyone is a suspect for one reason or another; a vicious storm that blows sand everywhere starts up; and more mysterious things begin to happen.

Although I enjoyed the mystery, I was more delighted by the writing style of Bioy Casares and Ocampo, and especially liked it when one of the amateur detectives/suspects revealed that his favorite novel was The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo] which I read earlier this year. This was a quick read, and a fun one.
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Bioy Casares, Adolfoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ocampo, SilvinaAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, Suzanne JillTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levine, Suzanne JillIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dreams are our daily practice of madness. At the moment we go truly insane we say to ourselves: "This world is familiar to me. I have visited it nearly every night of my life." Thus, when we believe that we are dreaming but are, in fact, awake, our sense of reason tilts into vertigo.
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