Ficciones (Hardcover) - Borges, Jorge Luis

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Stories deal with an unusual garden, an enormous library, authorship, language, memory, philosophy, and the art of writing.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679422990
SKU 30116595
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0679422994
Release Date 6/1/1993
Author Info
Jorge Luis Borges
Borges was a vital figure in Argentinean literature, and considered a major international writer. His ancestors fought in the Argentinean wars for independence. His grandmother was British, and he grew up speaking and reading both Spanish and English. In 1914, his family moved to Europe, and until 1919 Borges went to school in Geneva, mastering French, German, and Latin. He then spent two years in Spain, where he began writing his highly experimental poems. Back in Argentina, Borges and a group of friends founded the avant-garde literary movement known as Ultraismo. His first book of poetry, "Fervor of Buenos Aires", is about his rediscovery of his own city. In 1938, Borges began working as a librarian, and in 1955 he became director of the National Library in Buenos Aires. In 1961 he lectured and gave courses in Argentinean literature at the University of Texas, and in 1967 became the Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard. After Borges became blind in the late 1950s, he composed his poems by memorizing and then dictating them. He believed that philosophy and theology are no less fantastic than fiction itself, and sometimes structured his plots around philosophical and theological arguments, exploring the limitations of human culture. He married his longtime companion, Maria Kodama, weeks before he died, and, when he found out he was terminally ill, he chose to die in Geneva--the city he considered "the most propitious for happiness."
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Annotation One of the first collections of Jorge Luis Borges' stories to be translated into English (along with LABYRINTHES), FICCIONES was for many readers their introduction to the delightfully erudite tales, fables, and parables of the great Argentinean writer--literature's great puzzle-box artist. Among the 17 stories are the postmodern classics "The Garden of Forking Paths," in which an Asian spy (working for the Germans) discovers a novel that includes every possible variation on the future; "The Tower of Babel," which imagines a library world with an infinite number of random books that--though they must contain all the truths, lives, and futures ever imagined--are mostly total gibberish; and "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis, Tertius" in which the narrator, Borges himself, unearths a vast intellectual conspiracy to create an encyclopedia of a fictional world, a world that begins to alter the nature of the real one. This slim collection remains one of the greatest works of one of literature's most brilliant minds. Its philosophical gambits, its astonishing inventions, and its devilish conundrums are worthy of endless revisitations.
Editors Note (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.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher Everyman's Library
Series Part 166

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