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Crónicas de Bustos Domecq by Jorge…

Crónicas de Bustos Domecq (original 1967; edition 1967)

by Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares

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The supposed essays of a literary critic.
Title:Crónicas de Bustos Domecq
Authors:Jorge Luis Borges
Other authors:Adolfo Bioy Casares
Info:Buenos Aires Losada cop. 1967
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Chronicles of Bustos Domecq by Jorge Luis Borges (1967)


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Easily ranking as one of my most fortuitous finds at a library book sale, this book is a treasure to fans of either Borges or Bioy Casares (though frankly a fan of one probably is--or would be--a fan of the other, right?). Originally written under the Argentine innovators' shared pseudonym H. Bustos Domecq, the book purports to be a series of essays by the writer about avant-garde artists in a variety of media. What I found really satisfying about this book was how it mercilessly mocks what would be called postmodern art while simultaneously being a terrific example of the same. In most cases you only gradually come to understand the absurdity of the art and artist described, for instance the author's dear friend who claimed the negative space intervening between buildings as his own sculptures and charged the public admission fees to view them, or the poet who rejected the use of metaphor and ultimately--in a contest to write the best verses about a rose--won by submitting to judges a specimen of the flower itself.

At no point was it really clear to me how the authors shared the work of writing. I did not, for instance, have the sense that the voice changed between pieces as though they switched on and off. The conflation was seamless.

I think the world of literature needs to embrace the adjective "Borgesian" and place it on a level alongside "Kafkaesque". ( )
  CGlanovsky | Nov 23, 2014 |
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