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Labyrinths (1962)

by Jorge Luis Borges

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Forty short stories and essays have been selected as representative of the Argentine writer's metaphysical narratives.
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Fabulous volume. Favorite stories are:
Asterion
Circular Ruins?
Shape of the Sword

Amazing that every time I read Borges stories, I always get something new out of them. ( )
  delta351 | Feb 8, 2021 |
I was disappointed to realize this is largely the same material as Ficciones, and the stuff that's not also in that collection isn't really that much better. Borges is still great for pushing your brain to weird new places but ultimately I'd say just get Ficciones instead. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
"You are everything, and everything is you" -The Stylistics
-also, Jorge Luis Borges

infinite recursive labyrinths and god. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
This was an intriguing, but often difficult, read. I will probably use "The Garden of the Forking Paths" and "The Shape of the Sword" as short stories to teach in my fall class, with "The Argentine Writer and Tradition" as an essay example. 3.5 stars. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
When you read, you bring something of yourself to the book so that you can interpret what you’re being told according to your previous reading, your life experience and your own philosophies. With Borges, you might as well leave all that at the door.

You leave it at the door because if you think you can simply wade through his prose bearing it all, you’ll soon find yourself drowning in his vertiginous depths. The only way to survive is to float.

Borges can accomplish more characterisation and plot in a two page short story than mystifyingly popular writers like Ben Lerner can accomplish with his entire life’s output.

Imagine sitting down in a 3-Star Michelin restaurant. For dessert, you find placed before you a tiny, immaculate dish that seems to vanish into the centre of an enormous plate. Initially, you feel somewhat let down that you haven’t got more to eat. But as the first spoonful touches your lips, you taste something so intense that you know the portion size is just right.

However, as in the upper echelons of the food industry, there are occasionally dishes that seem more style than substance, more reputation than repast. Such is, dare I say it, the experience of the plebian with Borges. It’s tempting to think that he purposefully read certain obscure texts simply for the purpose of showing the world that he read (and he alone among the living in many cases) read certain obscure texts.

If you can’t give someone a verbal and accurate definition of ‘metaphysics’ before you start reading Borges, make sure you sort that out. You’ll need it.

There’s a lot here that will go over the heads of most of us, and you might want to leave this until later in life unless you’re a very widely-read 20-year-old. There’s a lot here I found difficult, but the benefit of the short story / essay format is that you’re quickly onto the next thing which may well be a delight.

He’s hard, but when he’s good, he’s amazing. ( )
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Borges, Jorge Luisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Onis, HarrietTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fein, John M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitts, DudleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irby, James E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kerrigan, AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhlman, GildaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murillo, L. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palley, JulianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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