Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings


By (author) Jorge Luis Borges, Edited by Donald A. Yates, Edited by James East Irby, Preface by Andre Maurois

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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141184841
  • ISBN 13: 9780141184845
  • Sales rank: 4,410

Product description

Jorge Luis Borges' "Labyrinths" is a collection of short stories and essays showcasing one of Latin America's most influential and imaginative writers. This "Penguin Modern Classics" edition is edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby, with an introduction by James E. Irby and a preface by Andre Maurois. 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". 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. 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. If you enjoyed "Labyrinths", you might like Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis and Other Stories", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "His is the literature of eternity". (Peter Ackroyd, "The Times"). "One of the towering figures of literature in Spanish". (James Woodall, "Guardian"). "Probably the greatest twentieth-century author never to win the Nobel Prize". ("Economist").

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Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. 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 died in 1986. He has a reasonable claim, with Kafka and Joyce, to be the most influential writer of the 20th Century.

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Borges anticipated postmodernism (deconstruction and so on) and picked up credit as founding father of Latin American magical realism.--Colin Waters

Editorial reviews

This is a collection, in translation, of the short, the very short stories, and a few of the critical essays of Argentina's most avant-garde writer. He was born of mixed Spanish, English, and remotely Portuguese-Jewish ancestry in Buenos Aires in 1899, inheriting as well the flux and inconsistency of a far-flung border area of Western culture. Borges began his litarary career as a poet, and then turned to these prose-poem stories and fables. They display an intellectual pyrotechnical brilliance, carried to the farthest limit. Borge's nihilism also far outstrips Sartre or Becket, and in comparison with his elegance, invention and universal culture, they are not much more than bourgeois humanists. This Argentinian, with a cabalistic turn of mind, takes all literature, philosophy and metaphysics as his domain and they become, as Andre Maurois says in his preface, "a game of the mind". Borges seeks to astonish and does so successfully. His readership, while perhaps minimal, will find him exciting. (Kirkus Reviews)