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.
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- May 1, 2008
- May 1, 2008
- Jorge Luis Borges