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ISBN13: 9780802130303
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. 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. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into 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. For to enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lie Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.

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"Without Borges the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist." Carlos Fuentes

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"Borges's composed, carefully wrought, gnarled style is at once the means of his art and its object — his way of ordering and giving meaning to the bizarre and terrifying world he creates: it is a brilliant, burnished instrument, and it is quite adequate to the extreme demands his baroque imagination makes of it....Absolutely and most vividly original." Saturday Review

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"These brief Ficciones have to be read one at a time, and slowly; then they throb with uncanny and haunting power. A strange and formidable writer, Sr. Borges is also a magisterial stylist — even in translation." Atlantic Monthly

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"In resounding the note of the marvelous last struck in English by Wells and Chesterson, in permitting infinity to enter and distort his imagination, [Borges] has lifted fiction away from the flat earth where most of our novels and short stories still take place." John Updike

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"These brief Ficciones have to be read one at a time, and slowly; then they throb with uncanny and haunting power" The Atlantic Monthly

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"Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes." Mario Vargas Llosa

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"[Borges] engages the heart as well as the intelligence; his genius strikes, undismayed as Theseus, through the labyrinths of our life and time to the accomplishment of new, inspiring and stunningly beautiful work." John Barth

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"One of the finest, subtlest, and least appreciated of comedians...[Borges is] a central fact of Western culture." The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

A collection containing many of Borges's most famous stories, including "The Circular Ruins" and "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote."

About the Author

Jorge Luis Borges was born in 1899 in Buenos Aires and educated in Europe. Borges is considered "the prime mover in that impressive series of novels which included Cortazar's Hopscotch, Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Cabrera Infante's Three Trapped Tigers" (The Nation). Immediately upon the U.S. publication of Ficciones in 1962, Time magazine hailed Borges as "the greatest living writer in the Spanish language." His other books include Labyrinths and A Personal Anthology, a collection of short stories, essays, poems, and brief sketches.

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eugenio raffo, February 9, 2013 (view all comments by eugenio raffo)
Being into reading science, history, technical books, non-fiction in general, JORGE LUIS BORGES is the exception: only fiction literature to read for me.
My first times reading Borges, in my late teens, there was a feeling of entering the metaphysical, like being high without smoking or taking anything: the inventiveness, the unexpected, the analogies, use of the language(s)..., he was a master at it, di master.
My personal impresion: undoubtedly the greatest imagination to have passed through this planet.
My favorite writer, nobody even close.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802130303
Editor:
Kerrigan, Anthony
Translator:
Bonner, Anthony
Translator:
Bonner, Anthony
Editor:
Kerrigan, Anthony
Author:
Kerrigan, Anthony
Author:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Author:
Borges
Author:
Bonner, Anthony
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Evergreen ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
DP 16
Publication Date:
March 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 6 oz

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Product details 180 pages Grove Press - English 9780802130303 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Without Borges the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist."
"Review" by , "Borges's composed, carefully wrought, gnarled style is at once the means of his art and its object — his way of ordering and giving meaning to the bizarre and terrifying world he creates: it is a brilliant, burnished instrument, and it is quite adequate to the extreme demands his baroque imagination makes of it....Absolutely and most vividly original."
"Review" by , "These brief Ficciones have to be read one at a time, and slowly; then they throb with uncanny and haunting power. A strange and formidable writer, Sr. Borges is also a magisterial stylist — even in translation."
"Review" by , "In resounding the note of the marvelous last struck in English by Wells and Chesterson, in permitting infinity to enter and distort his imagination, [Borges] has lifted fiction away from the flat earth where most of our novels and short stories still take place."
"Review" by , "These brief Ficciones have to be read one at a time, and slowly; then they throb with uncanny and haunting power"
"Review" by , "Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes."
"Review" by , "[Borges] engages the heart as well as the intelligence; his genius strikes, undismayed as Theseus, through the labyrinths of our life and time to the accomplishment of new, inspiring and stunningly beautiful work."
"Review" by , "One of the finest, subtlest, and least appreciated of comedians...[Borges is] a central fact of Western culture."
"Synopsis" by , A collection containing many of Borges's most famous stories, including "The Circular Ruins" and "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote."
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