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Borges: Collected Fictions (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Jorge Luis Borges

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Title:Borges: Collected Fictions
Authors:Jorge Luis Borges
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1999), Paperback
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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (1998)

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Narrated by George Guidall. Well, if it weren't for George Guidall reading it, I wouldn't have finished! And even then, Borges is way over my head. Was just trying to get some literary atmosphere before my trip to Argentina... ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Hurley's translation can be awkward on occasion (the last line of "The Book of Sand" makes me wince every time) but having all of Borges together in one volume is invaluable. ( )
  saltmanz | Feb 2, 2016 |
High quality work. ( )
  kimberwolf | Jan 16, 2016 |
Borges was a genius. Other insightful observations of mine include 'the sun is hot' and 'pizza tastes good'. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 15, 2016 |
There are some really great deep stories in this collection and then there are others that sent me to sleep, a real mixed bag ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Lottery in Babylon [short story] by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Library of Babel [short story] by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Garden of the Forking Paths [short story] by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Artificios by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Funes the Memorious by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Shape Of The Sword by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Theme Of The Traitor And The Hero by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Death and the Compass by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Three Versions of Judas by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The End by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Sect Of The Phoenix by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The South by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges

The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Dead Man by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Theologians by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Story Of The Warrior And The Captive by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Life Of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874) by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Emma Zunz by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The House Of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Other Death by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Deutsches Requiem by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Averroes' Search by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Zahir by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The God's Script by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Ibn Hakkan Al-Bokhari, Dead In His Labyrinth by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths (The Aleph) by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Waiting by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Man On The Threshold by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Aleph (Short story) by Jorge Luís Borges (indirect)

Brodie's Report by Jorge Luis Borges

A Universal History of Infamy by Jorge Luis Borges

In Praise of Darkness by Jorge Luis Borges

The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges

There are more things (Short story) by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Shakespeare's Memory by Jorge Luis Borges

Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges

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In 1517, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, feeling great pity for the Indians who grew worn and lean in the drudging infernos of the Antillean gold mines, proposed to Emperor Charles V that Negroes be brought to the isles of the Caribbean, so that they might grow worn and lean in the drudging infernos of the Antillean gold mines.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140286802, Paperback)

Although Jorge Luis Borges published his first book in 1923--doling out his own money for a limited edition of Fervor de Buenos Aires--he remained in Argentinian obscurity for almost three decades. In 1951, however, Ficciones appeared in French, followed soon after by an English translation. This collection, which included the cream of the author's short fictions, made it clear that Borges was a world-class (if highly unclassifiable) artist--a brilliant, lyrical miniaturist, who could pose the great questions of existence on the head of pin. And by 1961, when he shared the French Prix Formentor with Samuel Beckett, he seemed suddenly to tower over a half-dozen literary cultures, the very exemplar of modernism with a human face.

By the time of his death in 1986, Borges had been granted old master status by almost everybody (except, alas, the gentlemen of the Swedish Academy). Yet his work remained dispersed among a half-dozen different collections, some of them increasingly hard to find. Andrew Hurley has done readers a great service, then, by collecting all the stories in a single, meticulously translated volume. It's a pleasure to be reminded that Borges's style--poetic, dreamlike, and compounded of innumerable small surprises--was already in place by 1935, when he published A Universal History of Iniquity: "The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it." (Incidentally, the thrifty author later recycled the second of these aphorisms in his classic bit of bookish metaphysics, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Teris.") The glories of his middle period, of course, have hardly aged a day. "The Garden of the Forking Paths" remains the best deconstruction of the detective story ever written, even in the post-Auster era, and "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" puts the so-called death of the author in pointed, hilarious perspective.

But Hurley's omnibus also brings home exactly how consistent Borges remained in his concerns. As late as 1975, in "Avelino Arredondo," he was still asking (and occasionally even answering) the same riddles about time and its human repository, memory: "For the man in prison, or the blind man, time flows downstream as though down a slight decline. As he reached the midpoint of his reclusion, Arredondo more than once achieved that virtually timeless time. In the first patio there was a wellhead, and at the bottom, a cistern where a toad lived; it never occurred to Arredondo that it was the toad's time, bordering on eternity, that he sought." Throughout, Hurley's translation is crisp and assured (although this reader will always have a soft spot for "Funes, the Memorious" rather than "Funes, His Memory.") And thanks to his efforts, Borgesians will find no better--and no more pleasurable--rebuttal of the author's description of himself as "a shy sort of man who could not bring himself to write short stories." --James Marcus

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The works of an Argentinian writer who took the detective story and turned it into metaphysics. They range from the 1935 A Universal History of Iniquity, a series of biographies of reprehensible evildoers, to the surrealistic August 25, 1983 in which Borges meets himself as an old man.… (more)

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