(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.
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.
- June 1, 1993
- June 1, 1993
- Jorge Luis Borges