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Some of the most witty, uncannily original short fiction in Western Literature. — The New Yorker
As Carlos Fuentes remarked, without Borges, the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist. — Gene H. Bell (The Nation)
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
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 is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
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The story has many twists and turns to keep the most active brain on full alert.
Having interviewed a great deal during my business life,many memories came flooding back, showing just how much research was emloyed be for many words were commited to paper!!!
The volume begins with a handful of stories - the rewriting of Don Quixote, the imagined world, life as chance, spies and detectives. All of which explore language, imagination, reality, labyrinth ... In all, Borges displays a broad education, mingling literature, psychology, philosophy, philology, the occult in a manner both entertaining and provocative.
The stories are followed by essays - a meditation on the Great Wall of China and the destruction of history, a consideration of precursors to Kafka with provocative ideas of how Kafka affects our reading of his precursors, Shakespeare and self-identity, Borges and self-identity. In reading these, one is reminded how thin the line between essay and fiction is in the work of Borges.
Finally, the book closes with transcriptions of two speeches - one on dreams and nightmares, the other on blindness and the poet.
This wonderful selection provides a representative and varied introduction to Borges that is not to be missed. The translations are excellent, the writing superb.
The other stories are also among Borges' most well- known. 'Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' 'The Lottery in Babylon' 'The Garden of Forking Paths' 'Death and the Compass'.
Among the non- fiction works are 'Kafka and his Precursors' the now legendary 'Borges and I' ' Everything and Nothing' ' Nightmares' and 'Blindness'.
Borges games with Identity and Time are played here in the most masterful way. His depiction of the elusiveness and non- apprehendable reality of the private self is complemented by his celebration of the communal cooperative creation which is Literary Tradition.
This does not mean the work is not moving on a private confessional level. For however metaphysical it may seem Borges and I tells us much about the man himself, coffee- drinker, map- reader and student of Stevenson and Kipling. The concluding essay is of course a most moving one, as it is impossible not to be touched by the voice of 'sightlost creators who heroically persist in creating literature for the world- Homer, Milton and Borges who God 'provides day- labor for, light denied.'
The mystery and joy of great Literature is in these pages.
Read and delight.