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The Aleph (1949)

by Jorge Luis Borges

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A collection of (mostly fantasy) short stories, in Spanish. The only one of these I'd read before was La casa de Asterión, which I guess I must have read around the time I was reading House of Leaves? I enjoyed most of these, although the title story was quite tough for me to read in places (because of the pretentious vocabulary of the antagonist). I do like Borges' mathsy qualities. ( )
  tronella | May 30, 2013 |
Though his tales are packed with philosophical ruminations, Borges is first of all an inveterate story teller, whether it's a simple tale of revenge or the history of the hidden face of God. His stories often feature a sense of uncertainty which lends them a certain immediacy, as if they were ancient legends, now distorted by time, or police reports, with caveats where the teller bumps up against the limits of knowledge--but the best of these combine a sense of both, linking the mythic to the procedural, the infinite to the particular. ( )
  CarlosMcRey | May 22, 2013 |
Foi entao que eu vi o Aleph - coleção de alguns brilhantes contos de Borges. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
Borges is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and in The Aleph he shows his strength in a way that will leave you awestruck: the prose is so rich and evocative it's almost ridiculous, and it almost feels as a force of nature as it sweeps you along. Borges recurring themes - books, labyrinths, mirrors, myth, libraires, storytelling - makes the stories twist and turn and fold back into themselves and each other untill you're dizzy with delight. This truly is fiction fit for the ages. ( )
  Jannes | Nov 8, 2011 |
A masterful collection which contains some of Borges' most brilliant puzzles. A particular highlight are the twin stories 'El Zahir' and 'El Aleph', two stories around the motif of obsession and madness, with a curious undercurrent of sexual longing and jealousy. ( )
  MariaAlhambra | Jul 16, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jorge Luis Borgesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arrigucci Jr., DaviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Axelsson, SunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjurman, LarsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grčić, MarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurley, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lotass, LottaPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundkvist, ArturTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Telećan, MilivojTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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En Londres, a principios del mes de junio de 1929, el anticuario Joseph Cartaphilus, de Esmirna, ofreció a la princesa de Lucinge los seis volúmenes en cuarto menor (1715-1720) de la Ilíada de Pope.
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Borges' stories have a deceptively simple, almost laconic style. In maddeningly ingenious stories that play with the very form of the short story, Borges returns again and again to his themes: dreams, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gaucho knife-fighters, transparent tigers and the elusive nature of identity itself.

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Originalmente publicada en 1949, esta coleccion reune dieciocho relatos entre los que se encuentra algunos de los mas admirados cuentos de la literatura: "El Aleph," la clasica historia de una resplandeciente esfera en la que confluyen de un modo asombroso todos los tiempos y todos los espacios en el universo; "El Zahir," una fascinante reflexion sobre la obsesion, Borges narra la historia de un objeto que inspira la fascinacion inmediata de todos aquellos que lo ven hasta consumir su atencion y realidad completa; y "El Inmortal," un inquietante viaje a traves de la Ciudad de los Inmortales, un laberintico mundo en el que todo, incluso los edificios y las escaleras, aparece caoticamente irregular o invertido.… (more)

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