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The first complete, annotated collection of short stories in English by the twentieth-century Spanish master ranges from his 1935 debut up to his last work, Shakespeare''s Memory, in its first appearance in English.

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Although Jorge Luis Borges published his first book in 1923--doling out his own money for a limited edition of Fervor de Buenos Aires--he remained in Argentinian obscurity for almost three decades. In 1951, however, Ficciones appeared in French, followed soon after by an English translation. This collection, which included the cream of the author''s short fictions, made it clear that Borges was a world-class (if highly unclassifiable) artist--a brilliant, lyrical miniaturist, who could pose the great questions of existence on the head of pin. And by 1961, when he shared the French Prix Formentor with Samuel Beckett, he seemed suddenly to tower over a half-dozen literary cultures, the very exemplar of modernism with a human face.

By the time of his death in 1986, Borges had been granted old master status by almost everybody (except, alas, the gentlemen of the Swedish Academy). Yet his work remained dispersed among a half-dozen different collections, some of them increasingly hard to find. Andrew Hurley has done readers a great service, then, by collecting all the stories in a single, meticulously translated volume. It''s a pleasure to be reminded that Borges''s style--poetic, dreamlike, and compounded of innumerable small surprises--was already in place by 1935, when he published A Universal History of Iniquity: "The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it." (Incidentally, the thrifty author later recycled the second of these aphorisms in his classic bit of bookish metaphysics, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Teris.") The glories of his middle period, of course, have hardly aged a day. "The Garden of the Forking Paths" remains the best deconstruction of the detective story ever written, even in the post- era, and "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" puts the so-called death of the author in pointed, hilarious perspective.

But Hurley''s omnibus also brings home exactly how consistent Borges remained in his concerns. As late as 1975, in "Avelino Arredondo," he was still asking (and occasionally even answering) the same riddles about time and its human repository, memory: "For the man in prison, or the blind man, time flows downstream as though down a slight decline. As he reached the midpoint of his reclusion, Arredondo more than once achieved that virtually timeless time. In the first patio there was a wellhead, and at the bottom, a cistern where a toad lived; it never occurred to Arredondo that it was the toad''s time, bordering on eternity, that he sought." Throughout, Hurley''s translation is crisp and assured (although this reader will always have a soft spot for "Funes, the Memorious" rather than "Funes, His Memory.") And thanks to his efforts, Borgesians will find no better--and no more pleasurable--rebuttal of the author''s description of himself as "a shy sort of man who could not bring himself to write short stories." --James Marcus

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Undeniably one of the most influential writers to emerge in this century from Latin America or anywhere else, Borges (1899-1986) is best known for his short stories, all of which appear here for the first time in one volume, translated and annotated by University of Puerto Rico professor Hurley. Many of the stories return to the same set of images and themes that mark Borges''s best known work: the code of ethics embraced by gauchos, knifefighters and outlaws; labyrinths; confrontations with one''s doppelganger; and discoveries of artifacts from other worlds (an encyclopedia of a mysterious region in Iraq; a strange disc that has only one side and that gives a king his power; a menacing book that infinitely multiplies its own pages; fragmentary manuscripts that narrate otherworldly accounts of lands of the immortals). Less familiar are episodes that narrate the violent, sordid careers of pirates and outlaws like Billy the Kid (particularly in the early collection A Universal History of Iniquity) or attempts to dramatize the consciousness of Shakespeare or Homer. Elusive, erudite, melancholic, Borges''s fiction will intrigue the general reader as well as the scholar. This is the first in a series of three new translations (including the Collected Poems and Collected Nonfictions, all timed to coincide with the centennial of the author''s birth), which will offer an alternative to the extensive but very controversial collaborations between Borges and Norman Thomas di Giovanni. First serial rights to the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books and Grand Street.
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From Library Journal

Borges, one of the giants of 20th-century world literature and a pioneer of Spanish American letters, is the master of the short tale he called ficcion. Not quite short stories, Borgesian narrations are metaphysical speculation, the elaborate working out of a hypothetical premise or philosophical concept. Published partly in commemoration of the centennial of his birth, this collection marks the first time that all his narratives, stretching over 50 years, have been compiled in one volume in English. Except for Shakespeare''s Memory, which appears here in translation for the first time, the other seven books have appeared separately. The Reign of Labyrinths (1964), the staple anthology for years, will now more than likely be usurped by this more modern translation, which has useful notes about Argentine history and culture. What a thrill to find old favorites?"The Circular Ruins," "Pierre Menard," "The Library of Babel"?updated and boxed with lesser-known gems. An exciting publication event and an indispensable acquisition for all libraries; collected poetry and nonfiction are slated to follow next year.?Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH
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A Borges invention can start anywhere, hint at unlikely sources, and proceed by pseudo-banal routes to unprecedented goals; it always takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into some previously unsuspected dimension. This collection of the great magician''s work is a new translation and includes one piece never before put into English. -- The Atlantic Monthly, Phoebe-Lou Adams

The erudition that enriches the fictions is certainly dazzling, as much at home with medieval Arabic science as with the classics of philosophy and literature, yet it embraced the folkish and popular as well.... This collection is a valuable contribution to the English-language bookshelf of world literature, long overdue. -- The Wall Street Journal, Jamie James

This ... collection of the complete imaginings of the Argentine writer ... is an event, and cause for celebration. -- The New York Times, Richard Bernstein

To discover the fictions at midcentury was stunning. There was no one like Borges. Everything else, for a short time, seemed predictable and beside the point. -- The New York Times Book Review, Mavis Gallant

About the Author

One of the twentieth century''s greatest writers, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) published numerous collections of poems, essays, and fiction, Director of the National Library of Buenos Aires from 1955 to 1973, Borges was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from both Columbia and Oxford. He received various literary awards over the course of his career, including the International Publisher''s Prize (which he shared with Samuel Beckett in 1961), the Jerusalem Prize, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize.

From The Washington Post

Serious students of Borges must obviously still learn their Spanish, but the rest of us can be reasonably satisfied with Hurley''s Collected Fictions. Yet I wish it had been a fuller, more scholarly book, its versions more convincingly definitive and superior to earlier ones. That said, it nonetheless contains the major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century...

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Do NOT “Avoid the Labyrinth”
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
Those words were written on my Amazon Marketplace receipt from Blue Leaf Books by someone with the initials EDG, along with a thank you for ordering the book on March 23, 2017. In fact, I did avoid the labyrinth for almost two years because I knew it would be quite a... See more
Those words were written on my Amazon Marketplace receipt from Blue Leaf Books by someone with the initials EDG, along with a thank you for ordering the book on March 23, 2017. In fact, I did avoid the labyrinth for almost two years because I knew it would be quite a challenge. I had first “read” Borges’ “Labyrinths” as a 20-year-old. I’m sure I could not have understood any of it at that time. But the years have passed (I won’t say how many) and, fortunately, I decided this was the year that I would make the effort to read Borges’ Collected Fictions, beginning to end, slowly. Near the end of the book, I found myself going back through the pages and finding stories I wanted to read again right away. As one excellent reviewer (Michael Battaglia) wrote, “finishing a book isn''t quite the same thing as understanding what you just read,” and this is one book I feel must be read several times. Each time, you will understand more, but you will have the feeling that yet another reading will give you still more understanding. I found it amusing that one of the last stories, “Blue Tigers,” included the following sentence: “I did not sleep the night of Feb. 10.” I was reading this particular story during the afternoon of Feb. 11. Was Borges playing with my mind? I’ve since ordered a copy of Borges’ selected non-fiction and poetry. One must NOT avoid the labyrinth.
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How literature and philosophy can be saved by parables
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2015
This is something very hard to find, almost by definition: a literary writer who thinks in abstract terms (the only other such author I''ve read is Stanislaw Lem). These are philosophical thought experiments in their purest form, yet somehow magically delivered in a... See more
This is something very hard to find, almost by definition: a literary writer who thinks in abstract terms (the only other such author I''ve read is Stanislaw Lem). These are philosophical thought experiments in their purest form, yet somehow magically delivered in a playful literary athmosphere. Borges is a mathematical philosopher, first and last. Ignore the "Latin American" categorization and the nonsense about his background and personal life: one should resist embedding him in a socio-cultural framework; he is as universal as they come. It is good to read a short story once in a while to see how literature and philosophy can be saved by the parable.
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The beauty of an old book
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
Apart from the beautiful writing, this second hand book as an “old” quality to it. I am glad I bought it from the seller.

Books are like wine. When well preserved, they get better with age.
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The Argentinian Gentleman of science fiction.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
What a treat. Even translated to English, the adroit, mesmerizing, inventive hand of Jorge Luis Borges shows through. His work persuades me that he may have prefaced the Magic Realism movement. A fine collection.
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Leo Reyes
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Never tire of reading Borges
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2021
This book replaces me having to go to the library when I feel the need to read Borges. I''ve read multiple stories of his multiple times. I lent a co-worker his Labyrinths & am not worried if she keeps it. I''ve another Borges book to hold onto.
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Get Ready for a Trip Into Wonder
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Physically, this is a beautiful book. Its storytelling is a miracle of fascination. Jorge Luis Borges never fails to quietly blow your mind.
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An excellent first-ever compedium of all of Borges'' work.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 1998
I discovered Jorge Luis Borges, not through some literature class, or from other post-modern writers. Instead I discovered his work through science fiction. His weird worlds often have, inadvertently, a science fiction flavor, and it is several of his stories that... See more
I discovered Jorge Luis Borges, not through some literature class, or from other post-modern writers. Instead I discovered his work through science fiction.
His weird worlds often have, inadvertently, a science fiction flavor, and it is several of his stories that have appeared in science fiction story anthologies that I first learned about this most unusual writer. I was disappointed to see just how scattershot his work was, however, until the publication of this latest and complete translation. They are all here--the stories that introduced me to his work..."The Library of Babel" "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbius Teritus" and others. And many stories I had never heard of...or ever seen more than a mention of. It''s a hefty volume, but if you like writers like Umberto Eco, or simply want doses of something other than our mundane banal reality, Borges'' work, sadly and idiotically ignored for a Nobel prize, is worth a try. And this volume, the complete and definitive collection of his stories, is the one and only book you need purchase.
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It''s absolutely fantastic; I bought this for a class
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
An anthology of Borges short stories. It''s absolutely fantastic; I bought this for a class, and though the class is over I am keeping this book.
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An incredibly interesting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2017
Personally, I loved this book. The product itself was of high quality, it arrived exactly as expected and on time. The stories in the book though, that''s something else entirely. They are rich, and far more detailed than you could imagine for how short they are. The present...See more
Personally, I loved this book. The product itself was of high quality, it arrived exactly as expected and on time. The stories in the book though, that''s something else entirely. They are rich, and far more detailed than you could imagine for how short they are. The present amazing and thought provoking ideas wrapped up in a few pages. My personal favourite, ''The Garden Of Forking Paths'', in incredible. It fills out the story perfectly initially, and you won''t quite understand it (Or I didn''t anyway) until the very last paragraph. There were other greats in there too, such as ''The Library Of Babel'' and ''The Circular Ruins'', but I have yet to read one that wasn''t simply mindblowing.
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I was looking forward to reading The Aleph which was described in the synopsis. Alas, I have been disappointed by the inaccurate description.
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If you only ever read the collected works of one author, make it this one!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2012
Borges'' collected fictions contains, not to put too fine a point on it, some of the most wonderful, magical stories ever written. The labyrinthine workings of his mind are reflected in his stories - quite literally in some places - and you will almost certainly want to...See more
Borges'' collected fictions contains, not to put too fine a point on it, some of the most wonderful, magical stories ever written. The labyrinthine workings of his mind are reflected in his stories - quite literally in some places - and you will almost certainly want to visit Tlön, or his library - where you may get to read the infinite Book of Sand - the book of all books - or perhaps Herbet Quains trifurcating "April March". These stories have been the inspiration for so many authors over the years (and arguably for hypertext novels and "choose your own adventure" type books). Everybody should read them!
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Intoxicating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2020
Whereas most writers regurgitate the same subjects of love or family, Borges finds his inspiration from philosophical concepts, and dazzles you with the stories he creates out of them.
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borges - wonderful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2021
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