The Book Of Imaginary Beings
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The Book Of Imaginary Beings

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Few readers will want, or be able, to resist this modern bestiary. Here you will find the familiar - Gryphons, Minotaurs and Unicorns - as well as the Monkey of the inkpot and other undeniably curious beasts. Borges' cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 12mm | 117.94g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099442639
  • 9780099442639
  • 98,324

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Few readers will want, or be able, to resist this modern bestiary. Here you will find the familiar - Gryphons, Minotaurs and Unicorns - as well as the Monkey of the inkpot and other undeniably curious beasts. Borges' cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight.show more

About Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays and short stories before his death in Geneva in 1986. He was director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. Mario Vargas Llosa, in a tribute to Borges, has written: 'His is a world of clear, pure, and at the same time unusual ideas expressed in words of great directness and restraint. [He] was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges' tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction...'show more

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"Borges is a genius of the first order"show more

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'Borges is a genius of the first order' Martin Amis Few readers will want, or be able, to resist this modern bestiary. Here you will find the familiar - Gryphons, Minotaurs and Unicorns - as well as the Monkey of the Inkpot and other undeniably curious beasts. Borges' cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight. 'He is one of the giants of twentieth-century literature who has vastly enriched the textures and vocabulary of our fantasies and speculation. Only Borges could dream the world with such intellectual rigour' Ian McEwan See also: Infernoshow more

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