Vision and Falsification of Reality in The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

Luigi Marfè

Abstract


The essay focuses on the relationship between images, desire and reality in La invención de Morel (1940) by Adolfo Bioy Casares. The novel prefigures the evolution of contemporary society, where images proliferate outside the screens, transforming the whole reality into a virtual, widespread screen: the fictive penetrates into the real and the real into the fictive, to the point that defining borders among them become impossible. Far from being mere forms of representation, images become man’s rivals: they can seduce human beings, replace them, and even kill them. In Bioy’s novel, images are the ambiguous “simulacra”—in Jean Baudrillard’s terms—of a disrupting “dissimulation of reality”.


Keywords


Bioy Casares; Screens; Morel; Invention; Images

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