(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Jorge Luis Borges was one of those very rare creators who changed the face of an art form—in his case, the short story. His work has been paid the ultimate honor of being appropriated and imitated by innumerable writers on every continent of the world.The seventeen... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Jorge Luis Borges was one of those very rare creators who changed the face of an art form—in his case, the short story. His work has been paid the ultimate honor of being appropriated and imitated by innumerable writers on every continent of the world.The seventeen brief masterpieces of FICCIONES explode the boundaries of genre, offering up labyrinthine libraries, a fictional encyclopedia entry that spawns an entire world, a review of a nonexistent writer’s attempt to re-create Don Quixote word for word, a man with the disabling inability to forget anything he has ever experienced, and other metaphysical puzzles. But the true measure of Borges’s greatness lies in the fact that his fictions—elaborately paradoxical, postmodern, and intellectually delicious as they are—managed to return the short story to the realm of the fabulous and the uncanny from which, as parable and fairy tale, it originally came.
Publish date: May 25th 1993
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Magical Realism
, Short Stories
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
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 PathsArtifices (1944)Foreword--Fu...
Challenging and full of ideas; I'm still chewing on it, two weeks out. If you haven't read dense fiction in awhile, I'd start with the stories in Part Two, then track back to Part One. Wasn't as much a fan of the ones that were meta-literary criticism, though these have many clever bits. All are sto...
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/85474584243/ficciones-by-jorge-luis-borgesAs I was reading these stories, these ficciones, I was wondering where I might have heard this Borges voice before. And as I read it seemed to me that each story was important in its own rank as if derived from a serious study ...
Borges' Ficciones consists of two "books" of 17 short works of fiction published mostly in the 1940s. I'm told they're landmarks in not just Latin American fiction but modernist literature. Woven throughout the stories are fantastic elements I can well imagine fed into magical realism. I can't say I...
The best Spanish language author I have found so far."The Library of Babel" is the clear winner for me, and reveals Borge's power to engage the imagination to create such fantastical imagery, despite our knowledge of how few pages the image will last...This unreal collection will subvert the normal,...
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