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Publisher Comments:

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. Now for the first time in English, all of Borges's dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley.

From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, 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. 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 discover this singular genius.

Review:

"It is a deep pleasure to read the Collected Fictions of Borges in Andrew Hurley's capable new versions. Old favorites like 'Death and the Compass' and 'The Immortal' are revivified by Hurley. There is also a particular satisfaction in having all of the stories in one volume." Harold Bloom

Review:

"Though so different in style, two writers have offered us an image for the next millennium: Joyce and Borges. The first designed with words what the second designed with ideas: the original, the one and only World Wide Web. The Real Thing. The rest will remain simply virtual." Umberto Eco

Review:

"Undeniably one of the most influential writers to emerge in this century from Latin America or anywhere else, Borges (1899-1986) is best known for his short stories, all of which appear here for the first time in one volume....Elusive, erudite, melancholic, Borges's fiction will intrigue the general reader as well as the scholar." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"To discover the fictions at midcentury was stunning. There was no one like Borges. Everything else, for a short time, seemed predictable and beside the point." Mavis Gallant, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A Borges invention can start anywhere, hint at unlikely sources, and proceed by pseudo-banal routes to unprecedented goals; it always takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into some previously unsuspected dimension. This collection of the great magician's work is a new translation and includes one piece never before put into English." Phoebe-Lou Adams, The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"The erudition that enriches the fictions is certainly dazzling, as much at home with medieval Arabic science as with the classics of philosophy and literature, yet it embraced the folkish and popular as well....This collection is a valuable contribution to the English-language bookshelf of world literature, long overdue." Jamie James, The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"This...collection of the complete imaginings of the Argentine writer...is an event, and cause for celebration." Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

Review:

"Serious students of Borges must obviously still learn their Spanish, but the rest of us can be reasonably satisfied with Hurley's Collected Fictions. Yet I wish it had been a fuller, more scholarly book, its versions more convincingly definitive and superior to earlier ones. That said, it nonetheless contains the major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century..." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"An unparalleled treasury of marvels." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"An event worthy of celebration....Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[T]hese witty, colorful tales...have exerted an incalculable influence on the past half-century's fiction....Gloriously ruminative and bookish....Authoritative testimony to the virtues of eclecticism and cosmopolitanism, and a matchless gift to readers that belongs, as the old saying goes, in every library." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"What a thrill to find old favorites — 'The Circular Ruins,' 'Pierre Menard,' 'The Library of Babel' — updated and boxed with lesser-known gems. An exciting publication event and an indispensable acquisition for all libraries." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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 Book
The International Bestseller

For 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 (1899-1986) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a poet, essayist, and short-story writer, he became one of the first Latin American writers to achieve international fame.

Andrew Hurley is a professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan.

Table of Contents

Collected Fictions A Universal History of Iniquity (1935)

Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the 1954 Edition

The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell

The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro

The Widow Ching - Pirate

Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities

The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan

The Uncivil Teacher of Court Etiquette Kôtsuké no Suké

Hakim, the Masked Dyer of Merv

Man on Pink Corner

Et cetera

Index of Sources

Fictions (1944)

The Garden of Forking Paths (1941)

Foreword

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote

The Circular Ruins

The Lottery in Babylon

A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain

The Library of Babel

The Garden of Forking Paths

Artifices (1944)

Foreword

Funes, His Memory

The Shape of the Sword

The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero

Death and the Compass

The Secret Miracle

Three Versions of Judas

The End

The Cult of the Phoenix

The South

The Aleph (1949)

The Immortal

The Dead Man

The Theologians

Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden

A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874)

Emma Zunz

The House of Asterion

The Other Death

Deutsches Requiem

Avveroës' Search

The Zahir

The Writing of the God

Ibn-Hakam al-Bokhari, Murdered in His Labyrinth

The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths

The Wait

The Man on the Threshold

The Aleph

Afterword

The Maker (1960)

Foreword: For Leopoldo Lugones

The Maker

Dreamtigers

A Dialog About a Dialog

Toenails

Covered Mirrors

Argumentum Ornithologicum

The Captive

The Mountebank

Delia Elena San Marco

A Dialog Between Dead Men

The Plot

A Problem

The Yellow Rose

The Witness

Martin Fierro

Mutations

Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote

Paradiso, XXXI, 108

Parable of the Palace

Everything and Nothing

Ragnarök

Inferno, I, 32

Borges and I

Museum

On Exactitude in Science

In Memoriam, J.F.K.

Afterword

In Praise of Darkness (1969)

Foreword

The Ethnographer

Pedro Salvadores

Legend

A Prayer

His End and His Beginning

Brodie's Report (1970)

Foreword

The Interloper

Unworthy

The Story from Rosendo Juárez

The Encounter

Juan Muraña

The Elderly Lady

The Duel

The Other Duel

Guayaquil

The Gospel According to Mark

Brodie's Report

The Book of Sand (1975)

The Other

Ulrikke

The Congress

There Are More Things

The Sect of the Thirty

The Night of the Gifts

The Mirror and the Mask

"Undr"

A Weary Man's Utopia

The Bribe

Avelino Arredondo

The Disk

The Book of Sand

Afterword

Shakespeare's Memory (1983)

August 25, 1983

Blue Tigers

The Rose of Paracelsus

Shakespeare's Memory

A Note on the Translation

Acknowledgments

Notes to the Fictions

What Our Readers Are Saying

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George Moseley, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by George Moseley)
What a mind! What a command of language, both Spanish and English.
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I have been familiar with his name for a long time. I just now began to read his work, starting with this book. It takes my breath away. He had one of the most complex, imaginative, wide-ranging minds that I have ever encountered. Some of his literary themes are a little repetitive. So what. The stories here are short - 10, 2-3, or half a page. If you like to be challenged, and to have your mind stretched, please read Borges.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140286809
Translator:
Hurley, Andrew
Preface:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Translator:
Hurley, Andrew
Author:
Hurley, Andrew
Author:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Subject:
Borges, jorge luis, 1899-1986
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. paperback e
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.37x5.78x1.50 in. 1.38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 576 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140286809 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It is a deep pleasure to read the Collected Fictions of Borges in Andrew Hurley's capable new versions. Old favorites like 'Death and the Compass' and 'The Immortal' are revivified by Hurley. There is also a particular satisfaction in having all of the stories in one volume."
"Review" by , "Though so different in style, two writers have offered us an image for the next millennium: Joyce and Borges. The first designed with words what the second designed with ideas: the original, the one and only World Wide Web. The Real Thing. The rest will remain simply virtual."
"Review" by , "Undeniably one of the most influential writers to emerge in this century from Latin America or anywhere else, Borges (1899-1986) is best known for his short stories, all of which appear here for the first time in one volume....Elusive, erudite, melancholic, Borges's fiction will intrigue the general reader as well as the scholar."
"Review" by , "To discover the fictions at midcentury was stunning. There was no one like Borges. Everything else, for a short time, seemed predictable and beside the point."
"Review" by , "A Borges invention can start anywhere, hint at unlikely sources, and proceed by pseudo-banal routes to unprecedented goals; it always takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into some previously unsuspected dimension. This collection of the great magician's work is a new translation and includes one piece never before put into English."
"Review" by , "The erudition that enriches the fictions is certainly dazzling, as much at home with medieval Arabic science as with the classics of philosophy and literature, yet it embraced the folkish and popular as well....This collection is a valuable contribution to the English-language bookshelf of world literature, long overdue."
"Review" by , "This...collection of the complete imaginings of the Argentine writer...is an event, and cause for celebration."
"Review" by , "Serious students of Borges must obviously still learn their Spanish, but the rest of us can be reasonably satisfied with Hurley's Collected Fictions. Yet I wish it had been a fuller, more scholarly book, its versions more convincingly definitive and superior to earlier ones. That said, it nonetheless contains the major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century..."
"Review" by , "An unparalleled treasury of marvels."
"Review" by , "An event worthy of celebration....Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work."
"Review" by , "[T]hese witty, colorful tales...have exerted an incalculable influence on the past half-century's fiction....Gloriously ruminative and bookish....Authoritative testimony to the virtues of eclecticism and cosmopolitanism, and a matchless gift to readers that belongs, as the old saying goes, in every library."
"Review" by , "What a thrill to find old favorites — 'The Circular Ruins,' 'Pierre Menard,' 'The Library of Babel' — updated and boxed with lesser-known gems. An exciting publication event and an indispensable acquisition for all libraries."
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Book
The International Bestseller

For 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.

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