Ficciones

Ficciones

eBook - 2015
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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. : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Kerrigan, Anthony
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9780802190734
0802190731

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KennethSmith
Apr 22, 2018

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

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MARYELAINEKRAMER
Dec 08, 2017

Is Ficciones by Borges not in translation in English?

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mj4rmstr
Jul 09, 2015

En español

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lukasevansherman
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."

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joliebergman
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.

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leanosal
Jan 06, 2011

This is one of the best book of short stories. It is amazing the skill and capacity of Borges to write this short stories that have always an expected end.
It's really hard to read in Spanish if this is not your firs language.

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vickiz
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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