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Fictions (1944)

by Jorge Luis Borges

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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.… (more)
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    Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (Carnophile)
    Carnophile: While Ficciones is a subset of Collected Fictions, it is nice to have two translations of the same material. Each translator captures nuances the other misses.
  2. 80
    The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges (VanishedOne)
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    Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (Carnophile)
    Carnophile: Both books are liesurely contemplations of fantastical situations, not plot- or character-driven, but conceptual.
  4. 20
    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (lewbs)
    lewbs: Borges admired The Martian Chronicles. The two books have much in common.
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    Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk (Oct326)
    Oct326: Due esempi di narrazioni fantastiche di grande ricchezza e suggestione, più cristalline e sfaccettate quelle di Borges, più morbida e avvolgente quella di Tokarczuk.
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    The Periodic Table by Primo Levi (Eustrabirbeonne)
  7. 10
    Tales of Hoffmann by E. T. A. Hoffmann (Cecrow)
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    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (fundevogel)
  9. 01
    Minor Angels by Antoine Volodine (Eustrabirbeonne)
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I've never read anything similar to Borges. Several of the works here are written as official reports documenting alternate worlds or realities. Even the ones that are in traditional story format border on uncanny territory, almost but not quite like the world we live in. It's so surreal and confusing to read but also curiosity-inducing. I probably don't understand half of what he is trying to say as I'm reading but the joy is also in analyzing and trying to make sense of it.

My favorites: The Garden of Forking Paths, The Library of Babel, and Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius ( )
  kahell | May 12, 2022 |
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pierre menard, autor del Quijote ⭐⭐
Las Ruinas Circulares ⭐⭐⭐⭐
La Lotería en Babilonia ⭐⭐⭐
Examen de la obra de Herbert Quain ⭐⭐⭐⭐
La Biblioteca de Babel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
El Jardín de los Senderos que se Bifurcan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Funes el memorioso ⭐⭐⭐
La Forma de la Espada ⭐⭐
Tema del Traidor y del Héroe ⭐⭐
La Muerte y la Brújula⭐⭐⭐
El Milagro Secreto ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tres Versiones de Judas ⭐⭐⭐
El Fin ⭐⭐⭐
La Secta del Fénix ⭐⭐⭐
El Sur ⭐⭐⭐ ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
These short stories by Borges are unique literary products. Many of them are reviews of fake books. Other stories are more in the line of magical realism. ( )
  M_Clark | Sep 20, 2021 |
A great collection of unpredictable inverted short stories. Not to be read when tired - each story requires focus and thinking. A lot of the literary references were over my head and I wasn't willing to invest the time in doing research, but I still very much enjoyed the book. ( )
  MysteryTea | Jun 14, 2021 |
Um conjunto de contos e pequenas histórias cheios de paradoxos, fantasia, referências, infinitos e labirintos.

Muito original, um q.b. de complicado de entender mas sem dúvida interessantíssimo.

( )
  XavierPinho | Mar 10, 2021 |
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一士, 篠田Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blanchot, MauriceIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonner, AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bosco, ElCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Celda, RafaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Håkansson, GabriellaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurley, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kerrigan, AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reid, AlastairTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sturrock, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. (Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius)
The work of Jorge Luis Borges is a species of international literary metaphor. (Introduction)
The eight pieces of this book do not require extraneous elucidation. (Prologue, Part One)
Though less torpidly executed, the pieces in this section are similar to those which form the first part of the book. (Prologue, Part Two)
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.

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Un falso paese scoperto "nelle pagine di un'enciclopedia plagiaria", Uqbar, e un pianeta immaginario, Tlön, "labirinto ordito dagli uomini" ma capace di cambiare la faccia del mondo; il "Don Chisciotte" di Menard, identico a quello di Cervantes eppure infinitamente più ricco; il mago che plasma un figlio nella materia dei sogni e scopre di essere a sua volta solo un sogno; l'infinita biblioteca di Babele, i cui scaffali "registrano tutte le possibili combinazioni dei venticinque simboli ortografici... cioè tutto ciò ch'è dato di esprimere, in tutte le lingue" e che sopravviverà all'estinzione della specie umana; il giardino dei sentieri che si biforcano; l'insonne Funes, che ha più ricordi di quanti ne avranno mai tutti gli uomini insieme.
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