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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9780802190734


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RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

After reading Borges’s marvelous collection of his life’s work of fiction, this conclusion comes to mind: whether there is something (a god, a spirit, a force) behind the mystery of human thought? Is there an original cause, a source? A Dreamer who dreams us? Or a merely a dreamer who dreams our dreams? For Borges, his ideas come across as grand in their scope. He is the quintessential artist who can forge out of life a complex maze of ideas that are beyond complete understanding. His stories startle, shock, and leave readers entirely perplexed and fascinated.

To read Borges is to enter a realm where no clear truth or graspable explanation is possible for approaching the multitude of forces that govern the universe. Any reader who takes the challenge of reading Borges enters a world of the author's imagination that will alter and expand your perspective and have you asking everyone you know whether he or she has read Borges. His work is powerful, mesmerizing, and hypnotic. He is the literary grandfather of all modern Hispanic writers. Borges’s genius and breadth of knowledge is unmatched, and his contribution to literature cannot be underestimated. Andrew Hurley’s magnificent translation of this definitive collection of Borges’s fiction reaffirms the Argentine's prodigious place in the literary canon.

Apr 22, 2018

In English translation, this book is traditionally known by its original title in Spanish: "Ficciones", the plural of "ficción".

Mar 26, 2015

"And the demiurges and gods would choose an infinite scheme: infinite stories, infinitely divided."
Along with "Labyrinths," this is the best known and most widely read of Borges's short story collections, although these are hardly stories in any kind of traditional sense. It's like a house of cards in a hall of mirrors or one of those Escher prints that everyone seemed to have in their dorm rooms in the 90s. You can definitely see his influence in Umberto Eco's writing, as well as a whole generation of Latin American writers. You might also like Nabokov's "Pale Fire."

Jun 13, 2014

It's like reading silk, cotton, rolling green fields, a dive into cool waters on a hot day, deep sleep dreams, eating a delicate meal, and heaving a deep sigh while sitting next to a loved one a porch swing during twilight.

Feb 16, 2009

This is the 45th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.


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