Synopses & Reviews
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.
Some of the most witty, uncannily original short fiction in Western Literature.As Carlos Fuentes remarked, without Borges, the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist. --Gene H. Bell
Like the great artists of other centuries, he 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
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
Everything and Nothing collects the best of Borges highly influential work written in the 1930s and 40s that foresaw the internet ( Tlon, 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. "
A pocket-sized Pearls edition of some of Borges' best fictions and essays.
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.