"The stories in this collection break down the preconceptions, the familiar theories, the predestination that binds the characters to a certain place or a certain era. These are Adolfo Bioy's themes, always the same, always told differently.
Reading these stories, despite the presence of the fantastic, despite the frequent irony and subtle humor, always leads to a deep insight into the souls of the characters - contradictory and predictable, in which spirit and matter are in eternal combat.
And we have to agree with the 1990 Mexican Nobel laureate for literature, Octavio Paz, who summarizes that Adolfo Bioy Casares takes us to metaphysical excitement and to penetration into the transcendental. Yes, metaphysics, but not pedantic and boring, but clothed in plots that captivate readers, as in the best crime or adventure stories.”
From the foreword by Liliana Tabakova