I got attracted by discovering the novel La invencion de Morel (1940) by the Argentinean author Adolfo Bioy Casares.
|It is the description how an anonymous fugitive arrives at a desert island and has to realize that a mysterious group of ‘characters’ suddenly appear on the island. The narrator tries in vain to come into contact with them. Finally he concludes that they are not real people, but hyper-realistic holograms that are produced by a machine. This machine, invented by the Mr. Morel referred to in the title, has recorded the presence of the people in the past and will now continue to broadcast their images “for ever and ever”. The figures that confront the hero are no more than apparitions, making actual communication impossible.|
… and ‘as an hidden underlying structuring scource in so wellknown works like Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad (link to an interesting article about the film and its relation to the mentioned text).
But finally a quote from the book itself:
(12 page pdf of the book’s introduction)