The Aleph and Other Stories

The Aleph and Other Stories

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Jorge Luis Borges, Notes by Andrew Hurley

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2004
  • ISBN 10: 0142437883
  • ISBN 13: 9780142437889
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 28,513

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Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father's "killer," and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house. This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.

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Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico. Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

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"He more than anyone renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish-American novelists. Gabriel GarcIa MArquez, Carlos Fuentes, JosE Donoso, and Mario Vargas Llosa have all acknowledged their debt to him." --J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books"He has lifted fiction away from the flat earth where most of our novels and short stories still take place." --John Updike

Table of contents

The Aleph and Other StoriesIntroduction by Andrew Hurley The Aleph (1949) The Immortal The Dead Man The Theologians Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874) Emma Zunz The House of Asterion The Other Death Deutsches Requiem Averroës' Search The Zahir The Writing of the God Ibn-Hakam al-Bokhari, Murdered in His Labyrinth The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths The Wait The Man on the Threshold The Aleph Afterword The Maker (1960) Foreword: For Leopold Lugones The Maker Dreamtigers A Dialog About a Dialog Toenails Covered Mirrors Argumentum Ornithologicum The Captive The Mountebank Delia Elena San Marco A Dialog Between Dead Men The Plot A Problem The Yellow Rose The Witness Martin Fierro Mutations Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote Paradiso, XXXI, 108 Parable of the Palace Everything and Nothing Ragnarök Inferno, I, 32 Borges and I Museum On Exactitude and Science In Memoriam, J.F.K. Afterword A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments Notes to the Fictions