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Collected Fictions

By Jorge Luis Borges

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Format: Paperback / softback, 565 pages, Complete and Edition
Published In: Australia, 30 October 1999
The complete fiction of Jorge Luis Borges, whom Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa calls "the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes"A "New York Times "Notable BookThe International BestsellerFor the first time in English, all of the best Latin American writer Jorge Luis Borges's dazzling fictions are collected in a single volume in brilliant new translations by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity "through his immensely influential collections "Ficciones "and "The Aleph, "the enigmatic prose poems of "The Maker, "up to his final work in the 1980s, "Shakespeare's Memory," these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges's talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.For some fifty years, in intriguing and ingenious fictions that reimagined the very form of the short story, Borges returned again and again to his celebrated themes: dreams, duels, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gauchos, knife fighters, tigers, and the elusive nature of identity itself. Playfully experimenting with ostensibly subliterary genres, Borges took the detective story and turned it into metaphysics; he took fantasy writing and made it, with its questioning and reinventing of everyday reality, central to the craft of fiction; he took the literary essay and put it to use reviewing wholly imaginary books.Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, this edition at last brings together all of Borges's magical short stories. "Collected Fictions "is the definitive one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the Argentine master's work for those who have yet to discover him.

About the Author

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1989 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays, and short stories before his death in Geneva in June 1986. In 1961 Borges shared the International Publisher's prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill Foundation granted him its Annual Literary Award in 1966 for his "outstanding contribution to literature." In 1971 Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa (eventually the list included both Oxford and Cambridge), that he was to receive from the English-speaking world. In 1971 he also received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards, the Alfonso Reyes Prize. In 1980 he shared with Gerardo Diego the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish world's highest literary accolade. Borges was Director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. Andrew Hurley (editor/translator) is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

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A New York Times Notable Book "A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century." --The New York Times "The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century." --The Washington Post Book World "An unparalleled treasury of marvels . . . Along with a tiny cohort of peers, and seers (Kafka and Joyce come to mind), Borges is more than a stunning storyteller and a brilliant stylist; he's a mirror who reflects the spirit of his time." --Chicago Tribune "An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work." --San Francisco Chronicle "Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes. . . . To have denied him the Nobel Prize is as bad as the case of Joyce, Proust, and Kafka." --Mario Vargas Llosa "When I read a good book, I sometimes like to think I might be capable of writing something similar, but never, in my wildest dreams, could I write anything that approaches the level of cleverness and intellect and madness of Borges. I don't think anyone could." --Daniel Radcliffe A New York Times Notable Book A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century. The New York Times The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century. The Washington Post Book World An unparalleled treasury of marvels . . . Along with a tiny cohort of peers, and seers (Kafka and Joyce come to mind), Borges is more than a stunning storyteller and a brilliant stylist; he s a mirror who reflects the spirit of his time. Chicago Tribune An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work. San Francisco Chronicle Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes. . . . To have denied him the Nobel Prize is as bad as the case of Joyce, Proust, and Kafka. Mario Vargas Llosa When I read a good book, I sometimes like to think I might be capable of writing something similar, but never, in my wildest dreams, could I write anything that approaches the level of cleverness and intellect and madness of Borges. I don t think anyone could. Daniel Radcliffe" A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century. Richard Bernstein, The New York Times The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century. Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World An unparalleled treasury of marvels . . . Along with a tiny cohort of peers, and seers (Kafka and Joyce come to mind), Borges is more than a stunning storyteller and a brilliant stylist; he s a mirror who reflects the spirit of his time. Melvin Jules Bukiet, Chicago Tribune An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work. William Hjortsberg, San Francisco Chronicle Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes. . . . To have denied him the Nobel Prize is as bad as the case of Joyce, Proust, and Kafka. Mario Vargas Llosa When I read a good book, I sometimes like to think I might be capable of writing something similar, but never, in my wildest dreams, could I write anything that approaches the level of cleverness and intellect and madness of Borges. I don t think anyone could. Daniel Radcliffe" "A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century." --Richard Bernstein, The New York Times"The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World"An unparalleled treasury of marvels . . . Along with a tiny cohort of peers, and seers (Kafka and Joyce come to mind), Borges is more than a stunning storyteller and a brilliant stylist; he's a mirror who reflects the spirit of his time." --Melvin Jules Bukiet, "Chicago Tribune""An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work." --William Hjortsberg, San Francisco Chronicle"Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes. . . . To have denied him the Nobel Prize is as bad as the case of Joyce, Proust, and Kafka." --Mario Vargas Llosa "When I read a good book, I sometimes like to think I might be capable of writing something similar, but never, in my wildest dreams, could I write anything that approaches the level of cleverness and intellect and madness of Borges. I don't think anyone could." --Daniel Radcliffe

EAN: 9780140286809
ISBN: 0140286802
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Dimensions: 21.26 x 14.68 x 3.81 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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If you're interested in creative writing and imaginative fiction, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Borges has influenced writers as diverse as Eco and Ligotti with his unique imagination. He weaves the most fascinatiing tales of magical realism, restoring a sense of wonder many may have not felt since childhood. He tells of mirrors, swords, minotaurs and labyrinths; a universe that is a library containg an infinite number of books; a book whose pages change upon every reading; a minotaur who knows nothing but the maze that is his house.

These stories are simply unforgettable, and nowhere else have they been pulled together into one splendid volume.

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