Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
Borges (Jorge Luis)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated
    • 'Library of Babel', whose infinite shelves contain every book that could ever exist,
    • 'Funes the Memorious' the tale of a man fated never to forget a single detail of his life, and
    • 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', in which a French poet makes it his life's work to create an identical copy of Don Quixote.
  2. In later life, dogged by increasing blindness, Borges used essays and brief tantalising parables to explore the enigma of time, identity and imagination. Playful and disturbing, scholarly and seductive, his is a haunting and utterly distinctive voice.
  3. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A poet, critic and short story writer, he received numerous awards for his work including the 1961 International Publisher's Prize (shared with Samuel Beckett). He has a reasonable claim, along with Kafka and Joyce, to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

Contents
    Preface – 9
    Introduction – 15
  1. FICTIONS
    • Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – 27
    • The Garden of Forking Paths – 44
    • The Lottery in Babylon – 55
    • Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote – 62
    • "Borges (Jorge Luis) - The Circular Ruins" – 72
    • The Library of Babel – 78
    • Funes the Memorious – 87
    • The Shape of the Sword – 96
    • Theme of the Traitor and the Hero – 102
    • Death and the Compass – 106
    • The Secret Miracle – 118
    • Three Versions of Judas – 125
    • The Sect of the Phoenix – 131
    • The Immortal – 135
    • The Theologians – 150
    • Story of the Warrior and the Captive – 159
    • Emma Zunz – 164
    • The House of Asterion – 170
    • Deutsches Requiem – 173
    • Averroes's Search – 180
    • The Zahir – 189
    • The Waiting – 198
    • The God's Script – 203
  2. ESSAYS
    • The Argentine Writer and Tradition211
    • The Wall and the Books – 221
    • The Fearful Sphere of Pascal – 224
    • Partial Magic in the Quixote – 228
    • Valery as Symbol – 232
    • Kafka and His Precursors – 234
    • Avatars of the Tortoise – 237
    • The Mirror of Enigmas – 244
    • A Note on (towards) Bernard Shaw – 248
    • A New Refutation of Time – 252
  3. PARABLES
    • Inferno, I, 32 – 273
    • Paradiso, XXXI, 108 – 274
    • Ragnarok – 276
    • Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote – 278
    • The Witness – 279
    • A Problem – 280
    • "Borges (Jorge Luis) - Borges and I" – 282
    • Everything and Nothing – 284

    Elegy – 287

BOOK COMMENT:
  • Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 Sept. 2000)
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