The Book of Imaginary Beings

The Book of Imaginary Beings

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The book of imaginary beings is Borges's whimsical compendium of more than a hundred of "the strange creatures conceived down through history by the human imagination." Imbued with Borges's characteristic wit and erudition, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures to bring together in one delightful encyclopedia the fantastical inventions drawn from the Kabbalah, Homer, Pliny, Confucius, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and C. S. Lewis, among others. Here readers will find the familiar and expected Dragons and Centaurs, Unicorns and Gnomes, as well as the less familiar and altogether unexpected Animals That Live in the Mirror, The Elephant That Prefigured the Birth of Buddha, the Hairy Beast of La Ferte-Bernard, and other undeniably curious creatures. Throughout, Borges's cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight.show more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Enlarged, Revised
  • Revised, Enlarged
  • 0525475389
  • 9780525475385

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