Ficciones escritas: Volumen 1 (Spanish Edition)
To better appreciate Dante, he taught himself 13th century Italian. The poetry, essays, and short stories of Borges are already recognized as classic works of the 20th century. Ficciones, a collection of short stories from , is a particularly good introduction. Take a look at some other reader reviews, but not too many. Borges is best as a surprise, like a fine wine that is unexpectedly encountered. Vision and Foundation I should begin this review by saying that this is the only work by Borges I have read. I am very familiar with modern and contemporary literature, and through my exposure to others have repeatedly heard reference to Borges.
I now know why he is so frequently cited and why the blurb on the paperback version's back cover says "without Borges, the modern Latin American novel simply wouldn't exist. He is postmodern in every sense of the term without the pretension that often accompanies a postmodern sensibility. In Ficciones we are exposed to the possibility that nihilism is the ultimate reality. In other postmodern works, this idea is presently mordantly, the author reverently succumbing to their own notion of nothingness. In Ficciones the possibility that nothing really exists also has a corollary: the possibility that anything exists.
It is this sense of limitless possibility that predominates the first half of this collection of short fictions. In my opinion the first half of this book, entitled The Garden of Forking Paths is far more engaging than the second, Artifices. In Part I, we are told some of Borges's most noted tales, including The Library of Babel in which everything that can exist is recorded and stored in an eternal grid of rooms. I have heard Borges's work described as labyrinthine, but I think that term both simplifies and obscures his fictions.
To say it simplifies his work is to say that it reduces his stories to puzzles, or mazes for which there may or may not be any solution. In my reading of Borges the idea of a solution to a riddle presupposes that a singular answer is available. To Borges, there is an infinite array of solutions to an infinite array of problems.
What he does, because he must in order to address such rampant chaos, is create boxes which neatly contain a microscopic summary of the spread of problems at hand. This is what I believe people refer to when they say he is labyrinthine not to mention he often writes about labyrinths and puzzles. The themes of recursion and simultaneity dominate Part I. Everything exists at once. Time is an illusion. Yet he uses the conceit of a library to attempt to order it. This is futile and he knows it, so he situates the narrator of that tale in a task of recursively searching for and ultimately never finding a definitive explanation to anything.
These tales put into motion the intellectual conceits introduced in Part I. Borges is not nearly as impenetrable as I was led to believe.
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I am not saying that it's easy either. Although this book is short, it took me about 3 days to finish because the stories are so compact. It takes time for the ideas to unravel. In Ficciones, Borges makes Einstein's physics into readable literature. He was postmodern before modernism was finished. This thin volume is a must for anyone with a passion for 20th century literature. Para aquellos que ya somos sus lectores, leer y releer Ficciones es un placer inagotable.
Pero hay que leerlas todas. Unlibro favorecido. Tal vez lo que me impacta es la completa ausencia de humor en cualquiera de ellos. En realidad solo debe ser abierto si esta dispuesto a que le digan una y otra vez que nada es lo que parece ser. Jorge Luis Borges, un poeta mayor. Es importante poder contar con una edicion que reuna la obra poetica de uno de los escritores mayores de la literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX y de todos los tiempos. La edicion es excelente y por supuesto, lospoemas tambien. Leer a Borges es indispensable para cualquiera que aspire atener un minimo de cultura literaria en estos momentos.
Editorial Review Product Description The acclaimed translation of Borges's valedictory stories, in its first stand-alone edition Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of the twentieth century. Now Borges's remarkable last major story collection, The Book of Sand , is paired with a handful of writings from the very end of his life.
Brilliantly translated, these stories combine a direct and at times almost colloquial style coupled with Borges's signature fantastic inventiveness. Containing such marvelous tales as "The Congress," "Undr," "The Mirror and the Mask," and "The Rose of Paracelsus," this edition showcases Borges's depth of vision and superb image-conjuring power. Read more Customer Reviews 9 Magnifico escritor Jorge Luis Borges es un escritor, que en mi opinion debe estar en todas las casas que amen la literatura. In memory Trying to full describe the writings of Jorge Luis Borges is like trying to explain exactly why Leonardo da Vinci's art still captivates.
And "The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory" brings together two of Borges' shorter collections, with all sorts of surreal twists in a seemingly ordinary world. These rich, slightly uneasy stories are a shining example of why people enjoy Borges -- magical, rich in language, and poignant in their finality. Interestingly, two of the stories -- one from each collection -- have strikingly similar stories. And "The Other" has Borges at Cambridge, where he accidentally bumps into a younger version of himself, whom he imparts some wisdom to.
But the stories are about far stranger things as well -- a hunt for blue tigers that leads to strangely fascinating stones, an alchemist's rose, a poet telling a king of pure beauty and wonder, receiving the hazy memories of Shakespeare, a book with no ending, the ultimate Word, a creepy religious sect, and even a Lovecraftian homage in which a man comes across grotesque aliens in a remote house. Good luck finding flaws in this book -- Borges' writing is exquisitely detailed and atmospheric, and densely packed with philosophical pockets.
And these stories are magical realism in the purest sense, with a slight, almost mystical twist to the everyday events that we take for granted -- being mistaken for someone else, being sold a book, et cetera. And Borges wraps these stories in lush, digified prose that takes a little while to wade through, but the richness of the words he uses is worth it "The sin the two of us now share He's even able to craft stories very unlike his usual style -- "The Mirror and the Mask" has the style and flavour of an ancient Irish myth.
Perhaps it's because these were Borges' last stories, but there's a very reflective, introspective feeling to many of them -- Borges seems to be glancing back at his life, and ahead to his death. But he doesn't lose his touch for the haunting, almost otherworldly explorations "Blue Tigers" and the feeling that the unnameable is just a misstep away. Magical and gritty, beautiful and haunting -- and sadly, the last work he did. There is no Book Borges has read that he himself There is no book Borges has read that he himself has not written.
In essence he is Literature and all he ever does is read himself to himself. But because he likes games and because the world has acertain intractability it is not enough for him to lose himself in such fantasies. Instead he must sit down and sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph write these masterpieces. And so he has here written a number of small masterworks each of which gives more temptation to thought than do whole libraries of many other writers.
In the story for instance 'The Other' in which two Borges' one a young man and another an aging Borges meet the conservation lingers upon who is dreaming who, and whether the real Borges is either of them. We cannot know , but as readers we can take tremendous pleasure and interest in the work of this maker of ficciones and poemes who is always rereading and rewriting himself. These small pieces all done after Borges was seventy and already blind open the mind and the eyes to one of the great worlds of modern literature.
Who reads this book reads a hombreand a very great writer indeed. The Book of Sand The Book of Sand has thirteen stories - an accidental or fatal number, the author tells us, but not magical - and they all, more or less, deal with the same theme. While, in each and every story, there is a mystery, an enigma, a puzzle that may or may not be solved, the answer is always the same. Borges wants us to look beyond the artifices of our lives, beyond the linguistic, economic, political and religious restrictions we have given ourselves, and see the world for what it actually is.
One of the - many and varied - literary techniques that Borges uses is that of the literary reference. Always, the narrator uses an obscure reference to better make a point, or to expand the depth of a scene or image, using Tacitus, Sigurd and Brynhild, Ibsen, more. Yet, nestled quietly in between real authors and works are fictional creations, authors that are clever combinations of existing writers, works with titles that are pure fancy. The point that Borges is making is, I believe, that, with the passing of time and the simultaneously corrupting and enhancing efforts of language and culture, it does not matter if these works ever existed or not.
To be affected by them it enough, to make a point or drive home an idea is enough. Four hundred years on, invoking the 'fighting windmills' phrase, does it matter if Cervantes ever really existed? Does it matter if I have or have not read the exploits of the man from La Mancha? In Borges world, the answer is no. In one story, 'Utopia of a Tired Man', Eudoro Acevedo is transplanted from his home in the 20th century, to a place many thousands of years into the future. He meets a man, who explains the fall and rise again of mankind, who reveals the future history until 'now', when everything is different.
Almost no one knew anything of the history that preceded those platonic entities, but, of course, they knew every last detail of the most recent congress of pedagogies, or of imminent breakdowns in diplomatic relations, or of statements issued by Presidents These things were read to be forgotten, for, only hours later, other trivialities would blot them out. He quite obviously has a love of nature and literature and life, and bemoans the seeming lack of interest that most other people display.
While the rest of the story is an interesting look at the future, it is clearly fanciful, and not an ideal world for Borges. Rather, it was written to make us think, something we just don't do enough. The stories, composed when Borges was over 70, are for the most part an exercise in memory.
A narrator of one - Ulrike - will remember a fleeting love. Another story has a group of men conversing on the problem of knowledge, which inspires an old man, 'a bit lost in metaphysics', to share a story of his youth. This is fairly typical for Borges, but is especially poignant here.
The characters are remembering sad or strange or horrifying times, and nearly every single narrator mentions needing to share the tale before they die. Borges, at seventy, probably shared this opinion. I have not taken the time to summarise Borges' short stories, for to do so would be to lose the point.
Borges is capable of compressing a vast myriad of ideas and thoughts into a seven page short story, and to further reduce such themes and suggestions would be to lose them. Instead, I have commented upon what they meant to me, and what, I believe, they meant to him. Perhaps I am wrong, perhaps not, but that is the genius of Borges. He is infinitely interpretable, and should be: For each of us, there is an interpretation that fits, and for each of us, it is the right one. Utopia of a great wirter The review's title is, of course, a paraphrase of one of the best stories in this collection, one written when Borges was already old and wiser than ever.
His wisdom is a disenchanted one, but then again he was never an exactly cheerful writer. His scope is infinite, as he deals not only with far distant lands but also with entirely imaginary ones. One of the most peculiar characteristics of Borges, acutely present in this slim volume, is his constant mixing up of reality with fantasy, of different epochs, and of true and imaginary identities.
The best example of this is the first tale, "The Other", an encounter between the young and the old Borges. Both are sitting on a bench by a river, but the young one is in Geneva in the twenties, while the old is in Cambridge, Mass.
Their conversation is friendly but distant, and it is simply impossible to read it without imagining what you would say to your younger self if you had a chance to talk to him. All the stories are good -vintage Borges-, but some of my favorites are: "Utopia of a Tired Man", a chilling encounter with a man from the distant future; "The Night of Gifts", a gaucho story of learning about sex and death in a single night; "There are more things" English title in the original , an homage to H. Lovecraft; "The Book of Sand", about an infinite book.
This mature collection is a strong sample of Borges's best qualities: concision, brevity, high-octanage imagination, philosophical profundity without pretentiousness. Customer Reviews 1 Best of the Penguin Borges Relaunch Penguin released five topic-based Borges titles in Spring '10 that to a great extent reprinted material from their three-volume Deluxe Penguin set of ten years before.
Those earlier books were a massive dose of Borges, and one of them, Selected Non-Fictions, is a must buy. The other volumes, Collected Fictions and Selected Poems, are controversial as to the merits and even legality of the translations used. The only volume of the five new ones that contains an appreciable amount of previously untranslated material is On Argentina, consisting mostly of essays about his homeland though some readers might find the Sonnets volume handy, as translations of some of these haven't appeared in book form until now.
The translation is muddy in places, but this is probably unavoidable; Borges' Spanish prose in his early years as a writer, when he was most concerned with Argentina's culture and landscape, is notoriously baroque and inaccessible. Those interested in early Borges will find the new material fascinating. I'd advise reading Selected Non-Fictions first if you're interested in Borges' essays in general, which are phenomenal. This is good as a supplement to that, and would also prove interesting to those whose primary interest is Argentina c.
A Personal Anthology can be read as a sort of broad summation of the major themes and metaphors of Borges's literary life, or as a mere introduction into his expansive oeuvre. As an avid reader of Borges, to me his anthology is an exciting glimpse into the intellectual heart of the writer. As a truly "personal anthology", edited by Borges himself, the work is, in essence, Borges' own idea of his contribution to literature, philosophy, and criticism.
It is, to a great extent, what Borges would choose to leave to that infinite library that he often invokes. The literary styles within the text span the extent of Borges' work, from short story, to literary meditation, to essay and philosophical argument. The themes of Borges' works are primarily existential. His questions surround the nature of identity, time, and consciousness, and his narratives usually lead back to the questions of myth and history, creator and creation, philosophical idealism, and the line between the waking mind and the dreaming mind.
Summarizing Borges' works proves difficult, as he draws heavily from history, philosophy, religion, and references to real and imaginary books. Meaning is meant to be layered; the sacred and the profane, the everyday and the fantastic weave together to create his strange literary vignettes.
Borges is attracted to paradox, to unanswered questions, and his anthology reflects that propensity. While A Personal Anthology portrays Borges' at the heights of his intellectual powers, which span numerous languages, histories and literary styles, the collection also gives us Borges in his most vulnerable state, a scholar going blind, asking questions he knows are beyond his grasp to answer.
For Borges fans, A Personal Anthology is an ideal compendium to have in the library, and for those new to Borges, the edition provides a perfect introduction into the fascinating world of the writer. A selection of some ofBorges' bestwork This work contains some , but no means all, or even most of Borges' best work. It contains ' The Maker' and 'Everything and Nothing'.
It also contains the great memory story ' Funes' and one of Borges' signature stories' 'Death and the Compass'. It has an introduction by Anthony Kerrigan. On principle it is difficult to read any work of Borges without coming away enriched. He takes us somewhere else into a literary world of his own which resembles other literary worlds yet has a mysterious and wondrous quality all its own. It is by this timea cliche to say that Borges is a great writer but I will repeat the cliche as I suspect most readers who have not read him yet and who will come to his work , will feel the very same thing.
His Own Selected Choice. He was bilingual, due to his English grandmother. He moved with his parents to Europe where he resided from till and profited from enhanced education. He actively participates in Literary Cenacles, collecting life long friends and unflinching foes. He used a mixture of irony and naivety to disarm his detractors and his quotes real or attributed are famous and endearing. Borges was an omnivorous reader with a wide range of interests: Cabbala, Golems, Classic Mythology, Gaucho's life and hardships, Immortality, Predestination, Buddhism, Tango, Christianity and Reincarnation are just a sample.
His tales, poetries and essays reflect this interest. The present volume was the first of Borges' works I've read when I was in the last high-school year. It was a delightful experience. In just one dose I enjoyed all the genres of his creations. With this book the reader has the unique opportunity of tasting a complete sample of this wonderful writer's work. More: a selection of his own chooses!
His parents, multilingual intellectuals, would soon travel to Europe with their childrenin the hopes of finding medical treatment for the progressive inherited failing eyesight that Borges' father was experiencing. Borges was a brainy, precocious, nearsighted and bookish child who was deeply attached to his sister Norah,with whom he played nearly exclusively and happily, mainly in the protected indoors ofthe family's library, or in the garden, and at the Buenos Aires Zoo, where Borges adored tigers most of all.
Stroking the fur of a living tiger was a lifelong dream and one that he finally attained - in old age. Borges wrote his first short story at age six and, amazingly,at the age of nine translated Oscar Wilde's short story "The Happy Prince" from English to Spanish, publishing the story in a local newspaper. It was simply assumed that his father also "Jorge Borges" had done the translation. Borges was educated in the classics, was multilingual, and was eventually named Director of the National Library of Argentina.
The irony of being blind - and also in direct control of ", volumes" did not escape him. This book was assembled by Borges himself, in the s. It's an assortment ofshort stories, essays, fictions and nonfictions, and poems. It is a demanding and rewarding read. Like most of his work, his human subjects here are mainly males- of history, myth, and his own invention. Women are not much included in his oevre. I add that so that readers new to Borges are informed, in advance. He does not court the reader so much as respect readerly intelligence. As such his work sometimes initially intimidates students - and later, thrills.
It stays with you, permanently. Borges was a master of several forms, and they are here. Most of his areas of interest are 'big'themes : art, poetry, mortality, loyalty, destiny, ancient and world history. He even wrote articles about books or other articles that, in fact, did not exist - other than for his express purposes. In his poetry and other pieces, notions of eternity versus mortality for example: one's knowing that one will never again open a certain beloved book, travel a familiar street, or know or see a still-living loved one is approached with profound humility and grace.
There are meditations on a variety of men and topics, among them Shakespeare, 'the Aleph,' and Shih Huang Ti, the Chinese emperor who ordered that the Wall of China be built, and "likewise ordered all books antedating him to be burned. There is much to hang on to in these pieces.
It'sa deliberate and purposeful sampling of some of his work - not a "best of," since one volume of pages can't really do that. His writing demands full engagement. Many of his stories lack characters of romance, drama, or overt emotionality - but have great power nonetheless. Several of his most well-known poems are included. Borges is with Joyce, Proust, and Kafka among the titans of literature of this century.
This personal anthology ranks with his best work, and will be read when the second rate books, and second rate reviews, have been forgotton. Order now! Customer Reviews 1 Mostly reprints; buy Selected Non-Fictions instead Penguin's publication of this book makes little sense. Of the 38 pieces compiled, 28 are reprinted from Selected Non-Fictions, which is a much more comprehensive book, with over pieces, published by Penguin just eleven years ago. The ten new pieces in On Writing can, to use Borges's phrase, "be omitted without great loss" p. Levine's groupings of the 38 pieces under various headings add nothing to the appreciation or understanding of them.
So one star for literary regurgitation, but five stars for regurgitation of Borges, for an average of three. This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker , which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.
Read more Customer Reviews 10 Borges is one of the greatest short story writters Many people bewail that Borges was not awarded the Noble Prize for Literature because of political reasons. The prize was given to Gabriel Marques, a superb writer, but Borges is better. Borges stories are a delight to read and they have mystical messages. Both Borges and Marques write in the tradition of Spanish magical writers.
It is like reading how a person is walking across a bridge and continues by floating across in the air. This volume has twenty of Borges' short stories, including the title tale The Aleph. The letter aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Its form is very similar to the English letter X. Both can be seen by the mystically-minded as a man pointing simultaneously to the heaven and the earth. But the aleph is the first, the primal letter, and could and did invoke in many ancient minds the idea that all of creation, past, present, and future, can be contained in the small space of this letter, far less than an inch in height and breadth.
Borges story captures this ancient notion. A man enters a house and descends down a cellar and discovers the aleph there. Readers of the tale will ask themselves many questions, such as: What is the significance of descending to gain the knowledge? Isn't knowledge attained by ascending? What is this knowledge? Is it possible that all knowledge can be capsulated into a single small idea? Is all of nature really one, as God is one? Once the man knew what the aleph contained, could he remember it?
When we get insights, can we remember them? No idea what this was about. This book seemed more like personal opinions of others' works than anything else. Reading it was like reading a grip of book reviews; it would have been like this site binding together this review and others to make a book. Since I have never read pretty much all the books this book referred to while making comparisons, I was completely lost.
I read up to the fourth entry into the first part of the book - "Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden" of "The Aleph" - and just couldn't go on. I'm only now getting into books, so my library was insufficient to grasp these works. The cover, the name, the description on the back seemed to make it out as some mind blowing epic. It was mind blowing; like trying to understand a foreign language without knowledge of its existence.
I wanted to like it, but it was just over my head. I was trying to get this book in Spanish,the language it was written. I didn't. The path you are to take is endless Trying to full describe the writings of Jorge Luis Borges is like trying to explain exactly why Leonardo da Vinci's art still captivates. But this collection is a shining example of why people enjoy Borges -- magical, rich in language, and lets us glimpse the minds of anything and anyone he can conjure up. The title story involves a sort of fictional version of Borges, who makes regular pilgrimages to the house of a woman he loved, and encounters her slightly nuts first cousin Daneri, who is composing a horrible epic poem describing the whole world.
When Daneri's house is threatened, he reveals how he's composed the poem -- the Aleph, which he discovered as a child, and he allows Borges to catch a glimpse of The other stories have tales of heretics and holy men, of a man's last days awaiting an assassin's bullet, of a girl who coldly seeks revenge for her father, and the Zahir the opposite of the Aleph , which can cause an all-encompassing obsession in the one who sees it, until they shut out reality.
And in the second book, he spins up a long string of very, VERY short stories some only a paragraph. Some are musings on his toes, and nothing much more. But there are also brief stories of startling depth, such as God speaking to Dante and the "Divine Comedy's" leopard, and assuring them of their literary immortality.
The main flaw with this collection is that it's basically split into two very dissimilar styles -- some of them are short and relatively plain, while the others are dense pockets of philosophy. In fact, all the stories in the first portion of the book are based on the idea of shared experiences and infinite time, where there are no "new" experiences but only repetition. And Borges wraps these stories in lush, digified prose that takes a little while to wade through, but the richness of the words he uses is worth it "every generation of mankind includes four honest men who secretly hold up the universe and justify it".
And his writing takes on many different people's selves -- he even makes readers squirm by taking us into the mind of a loyal Nazi. It's almost like another world, Borgeworld, which is almost like ours, but where magical items are hidden in the cellars, soldiers are forgotten, the Minotaur plays in his maze, and God dreams of mortal lives. The most entrancing foray into Borgeworld is "The Immortal," about a Roman soldier who goes searching for a city of immortals, and finds an ancient poet who seems very familiar. Magical and gritty, beautiful and haunting -- this collection should be cherished.
Interesting collection of ideas This collection of short stories covers a huge array of concepts and ideas, ranging from history and religion, through philosophy to science. One recurring theme involves taking a well known story or idea and looking at it from a different angle or viewpoint. The translation is well handled and the translator's notes are designed to give a background to place names or people that a non Argentinean would not necessarily know without getting in the way of the text. Editorial Review Product Description This unique volume presents a Borges almost entirely unknown to American readers: his extraordinary non--fiction prose.
Borges' unlimited curiosity and almost superhuman erudition become, in his essays, reviews, lectures, and political and cultural notes, a vortex for seemingly the entire universe: Dante and Ellery Queen; Shakespeare and the Kabbalah; the history of angels and the history of the tango; the Buddha, Bette Davis, and the Dionne Quints. Yet hissplendid economy, along the wafer-thin proportions of such classicvolumes as Ficciones and Labyrinths , has givenreaders the impression that Borges was miserly with his prose.
Infact, he was something of a verbal spendthrift. His collected storiesalone run to nearly 1, pages. And his nonfiction output was evenmore staggering: the young Borges cranked out hundreds of essays, booknotes, cultural polemics, and movie reviews, and even after he losthis sight in , he continued to dictate short pieces by thedozens. EliotWeinberger has assembled just a fraction of this outpouring in Selected Non-Fictions , and the result is a page Borgesianblowout, in which the Argentinean fabulist takes on being andnothingness, James Joyce and Lana Turner, and surprisingly racialhatred and the rise of Nazism.
So much for our image of the mandarinbookworm! Selected Non-Fictions demonstrates just how quickly Borgesbegan wrestling with such brainteasers as identity, time, andinfinity. Indeed, the very first piece in the collection, "TheNothingness of Personality" , already finds him fiddling withthe self: "I, as I write this, am only a certainty that seeks out thewords that are most apt to compel your attention.
That proposition anda few muscular sensations, and the sight of the limpid branches thatthe trees place outside my window, constitute my current I. But it's more fun--and more revelatory--to see theauthor venturing beyond his metaphysical stomping grounds. Borges on King Kong is a hoot, and a cornball masterpiece such as ThePetrified Forest elicits this terrific nugget: "Death works inthis film like hypnosis or alcohol: it brings the recesses of the soulinto the light of day.
True, the sheer variety andmind-boggling erudition of Selected Non-Fictions can be alittle forbidding. But, taken as a whole, the collection surely meetsthe specifications that Borges laid out in a essay on literarypleasure: "If only some eternal book existed, primed for our enjoymentand whims, no less inventive in the populous morning as in thesecluded night, oriented toward all hours of the world.
Read more Customer Reviews 13 Stylish literary and philosophical pieces. That kind of applies to Borges. His style is polished and elegant.
It has a cool, sophisticated tone. Anyway, this is an eclectic and entertaining collection. It's ordered by date and goes from to There's a lot of different stuff. It includes - essays, book and film reviews, capsule biographies, prologues, and lectures. Some of them are less than a page, few are 10 pages or more. Random examples: he reviews The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury which he liked and there's an essay called A History of Eternity the nature of time being one of his obsessions.
Good stuff! Couple of lines I liked the book's got a million of em : "Joyce is as bold as the prow of a ship, and as universal as a mariner's compass. Paintings within paintings and books that branch into other books help us sense this oneness. A must read. A great selection of non-fiction material. If you know and like Borges you know you'll be pleased, if this is your first time reading Borges I guarantee that it won't be your last, you'll keep buying all his work.
Borges wasn't a man, he was a library, a portal to knowledge and wisdom. You see yourself in his mirrors, you regard the books you read as the books he reads. You appreciate what he appreciates, loving the literature he has absorbed, finding your way through the complex interweaving of his passions: Romantic English Poetry, Shakespeare, H.
All literary roads lead to Borges. He lived a long, rich life. He is the Librarian you might meet in heaven. If only he were still alive to guide the reading public. If only he lived today and had a website, to think of all the books he might recommend. And wouldn't it be wonderful, to learn about his opinions on modern writers. Each essay is a delicate delicacy. This book is for you if you're a gourmand of good writing, great thinking and the pleasure of exploring the vast expanding world of literature.
This book is rich, complex and wondrous. His writings on Dante and Shakespeare, his reviews, his philosophical essays What a great and most interesting writer Eliot Weinberger has done a real service to the world of literature by selecting, and translating these pieces. They show the range of interest, the incredible ability to make inventive creative cross- connections of one of Modern Literature's true masters, Borges.
Borges covers worlds in his writing, worlds of Literature , worlds of the Argentinean society he and some of his ancestors grew up in, worlds given in a universal encycopediac reading, which seems to cover all continents and all cultures. Borges greatest work is considered to be his ' Ficciones'. But his signature is present in all , in a single page of a book- review or a philosphical meditation.
For him worlds mingle and combine, and are retranslated in such a way as to reappear as Literature. He also in this work reveals himself to be a decent and courageous opponent of Fascism. He confounds and surprises us at times with these strange mixings of things, but the poetic and parable- like element is so strong in this work that it engages us, and forces us to question our own small pictures of reality. What a great and interesting writer. What a pleasure to have this work to enrich our minds with. Something for everyone and some things for no one Because Borges lived and worked in Argentina, few have heard of him in the English-speaking world.
Those that have are probably most familiar with his fiction stories. This book of non-fiction essays shows the vast knowledge and wide variation of interests of Borges. Therefore, this collection really does have something for everyone.
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Unfortunately, there are also many essays that are unreadable, some annoying repititions, and some essays are just plain dull. So, what does Borges write about? He covers some metaphysical ground on the nature of time and infinity. He defines heaven as an infinite library, and then goes into the nature of infinity.
On the more mundane end, he reviews movies and gives capsule biographies of authors - King Kong, Citizen Kane, and more obscure and not necessarily Hollywood films. He writes on contemporary at the time politics - Nazi Germany, the curators of the national library, etc. He gets intensely personal - there is one essay on the progression of his blindness.
But if there is a main theme that permeates these pieces, it's his love of literature in all languages - Spanish, English old and modern , German. Unfortunately, those of us with a less classical education cannot keep up to everything that Borges says - I, for one, will never have the time to learn ancient Greek! There are other essays especially early on that are simply unintellegible this may be the fault of the translators, especially since there are times when two or three essays cover the same ground with increasing degrees of murkiness.
But it always happened that a real gem would appear just when I was getting frustrated with a series of uninteresting essays. On the balance, about a third of the essays are not interesting or badly translated, or repetitions , a third are interesting if not spectacular, and the final third have at least one moment of sheer brilliance. It's well worth buying, but it's unlikely you'll read it from cover to cover without taking a break - I took many breaks to read other things, and it took me over 1. But you know what?
Borges is presented in an accessible manner for the intermediate student and also challenging enough for AP students. I am quite happy with these Spanish Reader series. I will always prefer to re-read Borges' books a hundred times by myself before turning to a book of criticism, but I had to read this one and others while I was studying Literature at Buenos Aires University, and it is one of the best books on Borges writings to be found.
So I'd say, go ahead, try it. Editorial Review Product Description This landmark collection brings together for the first time in any language all of the sonnets of Jorge Luis Borges.
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More intimate and personally revealing than his fiction, and more classical in form than the inventive metafictions that are his hallmark, the sonnets reflect Borges in full maturity, paying homage to many of his literary and philosophical paragons—Cervantes, Milton, Whitman, Joyce, Spinoza. Editorial Review Product Description Brillante en la forma, acerada y precisa en el concepto, rotunda en su expresion, la poesia de Jorge Luis Borges corre parejas con su genial obra narrativa. His finest work is "Ficciones" , a collection of brilliantly-crafted, essay-like short stories.
This edition, updated from the original edition by the same authors, offers a comprehensive selection of stories from the work with a full introduction, detailed notes, a generous vocabulary, bibliography, as well as chronological and other tables. Read more Customer Reviews 3 Typos Everywhere! Book should not be on the market. Singapore-based online bookstore - 15 million titles - 7-day local delivery - trackable - or collect from 90 lockers islandwide. My Book Lists. My Account. Order History. Browse All Categories. IDR Browse over categories. Are you sure you want to delete this list?
List's Title. List's Description. Delete List. ALL 44 Paperback 39 Hardcover 5. Stock Status. Publication Year. Display 1 - 20 from 44 results. Collected Fictions. For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called "the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century" collected in a single volume From Jorge Luis Borges's debut with The Universal History of Iniquity , through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph , these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display his talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.
Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the master's work for those who have yet to di.. Read More. Price incl. Local courier delivery with tracking number or collect from 90 lockers islandwide. Add to My List. Added to Cart. The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate 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.
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. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.
The Aleph and Other Stories. Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father's "killer," and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house.
This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker , which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading p.. Irby, James E. Yates and James E.
Irby in translations by themselves and others , includes the text of the original edition as augmented in as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by Andr Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges' influence and importance into the twenty-first century.
In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter S s with Jorge Luis Borges's compilation of "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. 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,.. The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory. The acclaimed translation of Borges's valedictory stories, in its first stand-alone edition Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of the twentieth century. Now Borges's remarkable last major story collection, The Book of Sand , is paired with a handful of writings from the very end of his life.
Brilliantly translated, these stories combine a direct and at times almost colloquial style coupled with Borges's signature fantastic inventiveness. Containing such marvelous tales as "The Congress," "Undr," "The Mirror and the Mask," and "The Rose of Paracelsus," this edition showcases Borges's depth of vision and superb image-conjurin.. Borges Esencial. La obra fundamental del maestro de la ficci n contempor nea. El presente volumen incluye los textos ntegros de Ficciones y El Aleph, dos de sus obras narrativas m s representativas, as como una selecci n de sus poemas y textos ensay sticos.
Una obra bella, pura y original escrita con un lenguaje aparentemente desnudo pero dotado de la precisi n de un bistur , y de un gran poder evocador y carga simb lica. Jorge Luis Borges naci el 24 de agosto de en Buenos Aires. Su obra ha sido traducida a m s de veinticinco idiomas, y actualmente Jorge Luis..