- Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.
Selected Non-Fictions demonstrates just how quickly Borges began wrestling with such brainteasers as identity, time, and infinity. Indeed, the very first piece in the collection, "The Nothingness of Personality" (1922), already finds him fiddling with the self: "I, as I write this, am only a certainty that seeks out the words that are most apt to compel your attention. That proposition and a few muscular sensations, and the sight of the limpid branches that the trees place outside my window, constitute my current I." There are many such meditations here, including "A History of Eternity" (in which Borges maps out his own, disarmingly empty version of the eternal, "without a God or even a co-proprietor, and entirely devoid of archetypes"). But it's more fun--and more revelatory--to see the author venturing beyond his metaphysical stomping grounds. Borges on King Kong is a hoot, and a cornball masterpiece such as The Petrified Forest elicits this terrific nugget: "Death works in this film like hypnosis or alcohol: it brings the recesses of the soul into the light of day." His capsule biographies are a delight, his critiques of Nazi propaganda are memorably stringent, and nobody should miss him on the tango. True, the sheer variety and mind-boggling erudition of Selected Non-Fictions can be a little forbidding. But, taken as a whole, the collection surely meets the specifications that Borges laid out in a 1927 essay on literary pleasure: "If only some eternal book existed, primed for our enjoyment and whims, no less inventive in the populous morning as in the secluded night, oriented toward all hours of the world." Oh, but it does. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Borges was a librarian by trade. The vastness of what he covers is astonishing. My particular favorite parts were his Dante essays and book reviewsPublished 8 months ago by Anthony
I was forced to by gigabytes and data, right here on the internets and everything whatever ad infinitum et cetera.Published 11 months ago by smirkbot
Borges was first a poet, then a masterful creator of the short story, but through the entirety of his illustrious career he was also a brilliant essayist. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Steiner
I think it was said about Goya - He was the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns. That kind of applies to Borges. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
A must read. A great selection of non-fiction material. If you know and like Borges you know you'll be pleased, if this is your first time reading Borges I guarantee that it won't... Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by E. Vargas
Because Borges lived and worked in Argentina, few have heard of him in the English-speaking world. Those that have are probably most familiar with his fiction stories. Read morePublished on August 10, 2005 by Craig MACKINNON
I read first one of his books titled "Ficciones" which really struck me because I never imagined a writer such book. It was fantastic so I proceeded to read this one. Read morePublished on July 19, 2005 by Otoniel Delgado-rivera
Kafka knew the pathetic result of procrastination. Resultantly he ordered Max Brod to destroy his work. Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by Mary E. Sibley
Borges, besides being a poet and short-fiction writer, took his ultra-worldly ideas to "non-fiction" pieces as well. Read morePublished on August 21, 2002 by P. Griffiths