Collected Fictions

Collected Fictions


By (author) Jorge Luis Borges


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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 565 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 212mm x 40mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0140286802
  • ISBN 13: 9780140286809
  • Edition statement: Complete and ed.
  • Sales rank: 7,848

Product description

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. Now for the first time in English, all of Borges' dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the master's work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.

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Author information

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

Review quote

A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century. Richard Bernstein, The New York Times The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century. Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World An unparalleled treasury of marvels . . . Along with a tiny cohort of peers, and seers (Kafka and Joyce come to mind), Borges is more than a stunning storyteller and a brilliant stylist; he s a mirror who reflects the spirit of his time. Melvin Jules Bukiet, "Chicago Tribune" An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work. William Hjortsberg, San Francisco Chronicle Borges is the most important Spanish-language writer since Cervantes. . . . To have denied him the Nobel Prize is as bad as the case of Joyce, Proust, and Kafka. Mario Vargas Llosa When I read a good book, I sometimes like to think I might be capable of writing something similar, but never, in my wildest dreams, could I write anything that approaches the level of cleverness and intellect and madness of Borges. I don t think anyone could. Daniel Radcliffe "

Table of contents

Collected FictionsA Universal History of Iniquity (1935) Preface to the First Edition Preface to the 1954 Edition The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro The Widow Ching - Pirate Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan The Uncivil Teacher of Court Etiquette Kôtsuké no Suké Hakim, the Masked Dyer of Merv Man on Pink Corner Et cetera Index of Sources Fictions (1944) The Garden of Forking Paths (1941) Foreword Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote The Circular Ruins The Lottery in Babylon A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain The Library of Babel The Garden of Forking PathsArtifices (1944) Foreword Funes, His Memory The Shape of the Sword The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero Death and the Compass The Secret Miracle Three Versions of Judas The End The Cult of the Phoenix The SouthThe 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 Avveroës' 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 AfterwordThe Maker (1960) Foreword: For Leopoldo 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 in Science In Memoriam, J.F.K. AfterwordIn Praise of Darkness (1969) Foreword The Ethnographer Pedro Salvadores Legend A Prayer His End and His BeginningBrodie's Report (1970) Foreword The Interloper Unworthy The Story from Rosendo Juárez The Encounter Juan Muraña The Elderly Lady The Duel The Other Duel Guayaquil The Gospel According to Mark Brodie's Report The Book of Sand (1975) The Other Ulrikke The Congress There Are More Things The Sect of the Thirty The Night of the Gifts The Mirror and the Mask "Undr" A Weary Man's Utopia The Bribe Avelino Arredondo The Disk The Book of Sand AfterwordShakespeare's Memory (1983) August 25, 1983 Blue Tigers The Rose of Paracelsus Shakespeare's Memory A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments Notes to the Fictions