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Fictions (Calderbooks) Paperback – June, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0714540832 ISBN-10: 0714540838

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Product Details

  • Series: Calderbooks
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: John Calder Pub Ltd (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714540838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714540832
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,624,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mythologue" on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Placing an exagerated emphasis on the `mind game' aspect of Borges' work - especially when referring to Fictions - tends to make one consider his writings as huge mystifications which, although interesting enough to read, are first and foremost games of no major consequence. This underestimates the ambiguity that Borges knowingly uses and strips his works of their speculations' positivity. The use of the `what if...?' motif, intrinsic to all fiction writing, is systematically employed by Borges in stories which, starting from axioms (explicitely acknowledged in `The Library of Babel'), explore themes from multiple viewpoints (cosmology, philosophy, theology, art...) and provide multiple levels of interpretation. Stories such as `Death and the Compass' and `The Garden of Forking Paths' are as much about the mechanics of suspense-laden literature as they are, among other things, about the relationship between someone and his/her intellectual and spiritual pursuits; pieces like `The Library of Babel' and `Funes the Memorious' are at once fairy tales and fascinating texts on knowledge. Through metaphor and allegory, the stories of `Fictions' provide a vision of the world devoid of restraining reflexes; reading them, one is forced to question his/her own habits (the same can be said about Borges' reviews of imaginary authors and books). The theme of the double, which was to become even more important later, here surfaces in stories where the notions of hero and villain are reconfigured. `Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' and `Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote' are probably the best-known, but every piece manages to raise questions and problems, not always solving them. Essential reading.
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By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Recommended for extremely sensitive individuals who have asked themselves "Quién soy?" and are still looking for the answer.</p>
Su literatura es una verdadera obra de arte. Imperdible!</p>
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Format: Paperback
These stories keep you interested from begining to end. You will not forget them. And, at some time every year, you will find yourself re-reading them. They are delightful.
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By A Customer on February 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the best book of the best argentinian writer of all times.
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