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"Dreamtigers" has been heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century by Mortimer J. Adler, editor of "Great Books of the Western World". It has been acknowledged by its author as his most personal work. Composed of poems, parables, and stories, sketches and apocryphal quotations, "Dreamtigers" at first glance appears to be a sampler - albeit a dazzling one - of the master's work. Upon closer examination, however, the reader discovers the book to be a subtly and organically unified self-revelation. "Dreamtigers" explores the mysterious territory that lies between the dreams of the creative artist and the 'real' world. The central vision of the work is that of a recluse in the 'enveloping serenity' of a library, looking ahead to the time when he will have disappeared but in the timeless world of his books will continue his dialogue with the immortals of the past - Homer, Don Quixote, Shakespeare.Like Homer, the maker of these dreams is afflicted with failing sight. Still, he dreams of tigers real and imagined and reflects upon of a life that, above all, has been intensely introspective, a life of calm self-possession and absorption in the world of the imagination. At the same time he is keenly aware of that other Borges, the public figure about whom he reads with mixed emotions: 'It's the other one, it's Borges, that things happen to'. First published in Buenos Aires in 1960 as "El Hacedor", "Dreamtigers" was translated into English by Mildred Boyer, professor emerita of romance languages at the University of Texas at Austin, and the poet Harold Morland. The late Miguel Enguidanos, who was Centennial Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, wrote the introduction to this handsome volume, which is enhanced by woodcuts by the renowned artist Antonio Frasconi.
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Heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I To Leopoldo Lugones The Maker Dreamtigers Dialogue on a Dialogue Toenails The Draped Mirrors Argumentum Ornithologicum The Captive The Sham Delia Elena San Marco Dead Men's Dialogue The Plot A Problem A Yellow Rose The Witness Martin Fierro Mutations Parable of Cervantes and Don Quixote Paradiso, XXXI, 108 Parable of the Palace Everything and Nothing Ragnaroek Inferno, I, 32 Borges and I Part II Poem about Gifts The Hourglass The Game of Chess Mirrors Elvira de Alvear Susana Soca The Moon The Rain On the Effigy of a Captain in Cromwell's Armies To an Old Poet The Other Tiger Blind Pew Referring to a Ghost of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Odd Referring to the Death of Colonel Francisco Borges (1835-1874) In Memoriam: A. R. The Borges To Luis de Camoens Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-Odd Ode Composed in 1960 Ariosto and the Arabs On Beginning the Study of Anglo-Saxon Grammar Luke XXIII Adrogue Ars Poetica Museum On Rigor in Science Quatrain Limits The Poet Declares His Renown The Magnanimous Enemy The Regret of Heraclitus Epilogue Appendix: Some Facts in the Life of Jorge Luis Borges

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Mildred Boyer is professor emerita of romance languages at the University of Texas at Austin


"One feels in Dreamtigers a calm, an intimation of a truce, a tranquil fragility. Like so many last or near-last works... Dreamtigers preserves the author's life-long concerns, but drained of urgency; horror has yielded to a resigned humorousness" * New Yorker *

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