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Everything and Nothing (New Directions Pearls)by Jorge Luis Borges
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Celebrating the centennial of his birth, Everything and Nothingcompiles the most anthologized and widely read fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, "a giant of world literature" (John Updike, The New Yorker).Some of the narrative pieces herein contained are: "Pierre Menard" in which a modern writer reconstructs passages from Don Quixotethat are verbally identical but read differently; "The Garden of Forking Paths," an intellectual variation on the detective-story genre; and "Nightmares," a lecture which, as Alastair Reid puts it, "shifts from personal memories to writers, to an examination of other peoples' metaphors, to language itself." Everything and Nothingserves as a perfect introduction to Borges's genius.
A pocket-sized Pearls edition of some of Borges' best fictions and essays.
collects the best of Borges' highly influential work--written in the 1930s and '40s--that foresaw the internet ("Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"), quantum mechanics ("The Garden of Forking Paths"), and cloning ("Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote"). David Foster Wallace described Borges as "scalp-crinkling . . . Borges' work is designed primarily as metaphysical arguments...to transcend individual consciousness."
About the Author
Jorge Luis Borges (1890-1982), Argentine poet, critic, and short-story writer, revolutionized modern literature. He was completely blind when appointed the head of Argentina's National Library.Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN's first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America's first literary writer to receive Mexico's Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.
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