El ídolo is a short story in the collection La trama celeste. It is written by Bioy Casares.


The story is described in first person. The author buys an idol, a dog god. He gives it to a friend. He knows a woman, called Geneviene. That woman later moves to his city and asks him to give her a job. He hires her but soon sends her to a friend. The friend falls in love with the lady and the author takes the woman back. But it is too late, the friend goes insane and becomes blind. The author thinks everything is because of the idol and Geneviene. He does not want to sleep, because he does not want to become blind too. In the last paragraph he stops believing in his thoughts but Geneviene calls him and tells him to sleep.

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