Books: Bloodless Coup

CHRONICLES OF BUSTOS DOMECQ

by JORGE LUIS BORGES and ADOLFO BIOY-CASARES

Translated by NORMAN THOMAS Dl GIOVANNI

143 pages. Dutton. $7.95.

Since Bustos Domecq does not exist, Argentine Authors Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy-Casares had to invent him. Why? Because Domecq is the pure incarnation of the middleman between a world gone culturally haywire and the uncomprehending mass of mankind. His function: telling people why they should admire nonsense. This inept critic is a figure of Chaplinesque pathos: a tastemaker totally lacking in taste, a perpetual target of the avant-garde's custard pies.

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