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and#160;Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogsandmdash;these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote islands, ocean depths, and alternate universesandmdash;just out of our reach. And in the sections on the apocalypse in the Bible, they proliferate as the end of time approaches, with horses with heads like lions, dragons, and serpents signaling the destruction of the world.
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Legends tell us that imaginary animals belong to a primordial time, before everything in the world had names, categories, and conceptual frameworks. In this book, Boria Sax digs into the stories of these fabulous beasts. He shows how, despite their liminal role, imaginary animals like griffins, dog-men, yetis, and more are socially constructed creatures, created through the same complex play of sensuality and imagination as real ones. Tracing the history of imaginary animals from Paleolithic art to their roles in stories such as Harry Potter and even the advent of robotic pets, he reveals that these extraordinary figures help us psychologicallyandmdash;as monsters, they give form to our amorphous fears, while as creatures of wonder, they embody our hopes. Their greatest service, Sax concludes, is to continually challenge our imaginations, directing us beyond the limitations of conventional beliefs and expectations.
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Featuring over 230 illustrations of a veritable menagerie of fantastical and unreal beasts, Imaginary Animals is a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

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In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends 20 illustrations by Sis with Borges' 1957 compilation of 116 "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.G. Wells' "The Time Machine."

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In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Sís with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "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. G. 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.

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In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends 20 illustrations by Sis with Borges' 1957 compilation of 116 "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.G. Wells' "The Time Machine."

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Erudite and whimsical, a model handbook of fantastic zoology. (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post)Of all the Latin American authors in this century, [Borges] is the most universal. (Harold Bloom)

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tier, May 31, 2008 (view all comments by tier)
"Imaginary" is fairly equal to "esoteric", as long as most of the beings quoted in the book are, or have been, the subject of millions of people's beliefs and passions, and maybe even their discoveries across time.Just because only the mind can perceive them and not the body does not mean we should put the blame on them. It's not that they do not exist, it's that we need to upgrade the skills of human perception to see them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039938
Author:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Hurley, Andrew
Illustrator:
Sis, Peter
Author:
Sax, Boria
Author:
Hurley, Andrew
Author:
Sis, Peter
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Medieval
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 x 1.1 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends 20 illustrations by Sis with Borges' 1957 compilation of 116 "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.G. Wells' "The Time Machine."
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In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Sís with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "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. G. 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.

"Synopsis" by , In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends 20 illustrations by Sis with Borges' 1957 compilation of 116 "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.G. Wells' "The Time Machine."

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