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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-Auster 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the finest writers in Spanish language in a superb translation.Published 9 days ago by Rafael Acevedo
Let me start by saying that I don't know the Spanish language, and am not able to judge the translation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Quinton Fox
This book contains all of Borges's works. He's an extremely insightful author. You will really appreciate his approach to logic and philosophy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by youro
This collection of stories is one I've been missing since my original copy went missing. The book is in perfect shape and it arrived in a timely fashion…all was perfect.Published 5 months ago by David Riddles
The Audible version of the Collected Fictions has no chapter or story breaks. It is recorded as a single audio file. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christopher Buczek
Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most imaginative writers I have come across, could have been a mathematician, a physicist, a philosopher or a theologian. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Leonard Seet
The pages of the book are uneven, chopped and ill-cut. It gives it a ragged aspect that would have been good if the book were old but in this case only underlines the cheap quality... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Camilo Roa
I bought this book for the work A Garden of Forking Paths, which I had been told was one of the predecessors for the micro-fiction and hyper-text movement. I was disappointed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. Coppedge