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The master, writing with sometime collaborator Guerrero, compiled 82 one- and two-page descriptions of everything from "The Borametz" (a Chinese "plant shaped like a lamb, covered with golden fleece") to "The Simurgh" ("an immortal bird that makes its nest in the tree of science") and "The Zaratan" (a particularly cunning whale) in An Anthology of Fantastic Zoology in 1954. He added 34 more (and illustrations) for a 1967 edition, giving it the present title, and it was published in English in 1969. This edition, with fresh translations from Borges's Collected Fictions translator Hurley, and new illustrations from Caldecott-winner Sís, gives the beings new life. They prove the perfect foils for classic Borgesian musings on everything from biblical etymology to the underworld, giving the creatures particularly (and, via Sís, whimsically) vivid and perfectly scaled shape. "We do not know what the dragon means, just as we do not know the meaning of the universe," Borges (1899–1986) and Guerrero write in a preface, and the genius of this book is that it seems to easily contain the latter within it. (On sale Nov. 7)
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Of all the Latin American authors in this century, [Borges] is the most universal. (Harold Bloom) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Incredibly well written, this book offers a rather novel look and figurative creatures both well known and not. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Kersey
Just started reading this. I have read his other works, so I had to continue with this book.Published 8 months ago by liz hirsh
this is a great book about monsters and imaginary beings that people back in history believed in or imagined. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Danny R. Steglich
This book is fascinating and exhaustive. Furthermore, the author is one of the best in all of the Americas. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kyle Kendall
This book is genius. It archives all the mythical beings. I'd love to see discovery channel try something like this. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Riley James
This is a well-written bestiary for readers of all ages. Borges wrote a great deal magical realism fiction novels, and this non-fiction bestiary based on research he performed as... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Tim H.
I've always loved Borges for his minute scrutiny of big and little wonders. This book is a collection of short revelations about various monsters and creatures from myth and... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by S. Higley
Most of the entries are quite short. The list is not inexhaustible, and this book could easily be read in one sitting. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Piglet2
This book is amazing. You really learn where all of these imaginary beings originate and what they are considered to be and to symbolize. Some are even illustrated. Great book.Published on August 13, 2012 by Jennilee Garcia-green