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The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (original 1967; edition 2006)

by Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Sis (Illustrator), Andrew Hurley (Translator)

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Title:The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Authors:Jorge Luis Borges
Other authors:Peter Sis (Illustrator), Andrew Hurley (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (2006), Edition: Later printing, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read & Owned, A Personal Library, Your library (inactive)
Tags:Argentina, S. America, Translated, Spanish Language, Romance Language, Latin American, Short Works, 1950-1999, Illustrated, 20th Century, Borgesian

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The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges (1967)

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    The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary by Caspar Henderson (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: Both bestiaries, one fantastical (Borges) an inspiration for the other, factual (Henderson).

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Interesting to dip in and out of, but not much more. Quite light in many of the descriptions. A mile away from Borges' own writing. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Aug 10, 2015 |
In medieval times books about strange creatures were called bestiaries. Kind of a dictionary of one-of-a-kind freaks of nature which appear in the world and then disappear. This elegantly written book by the Argentinian Borges is his own creation about Beings which never existed except in the minds of the writers who described them. This is actually a book about his fascination with older books (bibliomania). This would not interest most readers, but I loved it. Borges reads books for no other reason than to experience the world within books, which is the only reason to do it. This is the fruit of his lifetime of labor. I have many other books by Borges and will get to them as I find them in my book boxes. This goes on my all time list of favorite books. The book's entries are organized alphabetically. He covers the Egyptian Eater of the Dead, The Greek Minotaur (original myth of The Hunger Games books), the Scottish Fairies and Doppelganger. No pictures, Index. ( )
1 vote sacredheart25 | Jun 20, 2015 |
I think the experience of reading this would've been much improved if my edition had illustrations. It's an interesting miscellany, but it really is more of a book to dip in and out of than to read right through. Maybe interesting for reference, particularly if you're a fantasy writer.

I found myself constantly wondering how much of this was Borges' own writing, and how much was quotation/repetition of sources. I think I'll have to read something else to see what I think of Borges' work. ( )
1 vote shanaqui | Feb 28, 2014 |
1 vote | AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
Como em todos os livros de Borges, devemos sempre desconfiar do que ele fala e cita. Uma pequena antologia de seres imaginários de várias mitologias e romances. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Borges, Jorge Luisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guerrero, Margaritamain authorall editionsconfirmed
Antonucci, FaustaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
尚紀, 柳瀬翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
di Giovanni, Norman ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurley, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sís, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Selander, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Great book for artists and choregraphers because it stimulates the imagination. Can take any series of ideas and describe them, like indexing a book, but in an imaginative way.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143039938, Paperback)

In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Sís with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination," from dragons and centaurs to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat and the Morlocks of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. A lavish feast of exotica brought vividly to life with art commissioned specifically for this volume, The Book of Imaginary Beings will delight readers of classic fantasy as well as Borges's many admirers.

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"The book of imaginary beings is Borges's whimsical compendium of more than a hundred of "the strange creatures conceived down through history by the human imagination." Imbued with Borges's characteristic wit and erudition, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures to bring together in one delightful encyclopedia the fantastical inventions drawn from the Kabbalah, Homer, Pliny, Confucius, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and C. S. Lewis, among others. Here readers will find the familiar and expected Dragons and Centaurs, Unicorns and Gnomes, as well as the less familiar and altogether unexpected Animals That Live in the Mirror, The Elephant That Prefigured the Birth of Buddha, the Hairy Beast of La Ferte-Bernard, and other undeniably curious creatures. Throughout, Borges's cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight." "For this new illustrated edition of The Book of Imaginary Beings, Viking has paired Andrew Hurley, the acclaimed translator of Borges's Collected Fictions, with award-winning illustrator Peter Sis, whose original drawings appear throughout the book. The result is a wonderful work - an Alice-Through-the-Looking-Glass menagerie, which should appeal to fantasy fans of all stripes and ages."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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