Ficciones

Ficciones

Book - 1993
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Jorge Luis Borges was one of those very rare creators who changed the face of an art form--in his case, the short story. His work has been paid the ultimate honor of being appropriated and imitated by innumerable writers on every continent of the world.The seventeen brief masterpieces of FICCIONES explode the boundaries of genre, offering up labyrinthine libraries, a fictional encyclopedia entry that spawns an entire world, a review of a nonexistent writer's attempt to re-create Don Quixote word for word, a man with the disabling inability to forget anything he has ever experienced, and other metaphysical puzzles. But the true measure of Borges's greatness lies in the fact that his fictions--elaborately paradoxical, postmodern, and intellectually delicious as they are--managed to return the short story to the realm of the fabulous and the uncanny from which, as parable and fairy tale, it originally came.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993
ISBN: 9780679422990
0679422994
Branch Call Number: BORGES J
BORGES J
Characteristics: xliii, 143 p. ; 21 cm

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KennethSmith
Apr 22, 2018

In English translation, this book is traditionally known by its original title in Spanish: "Ficciones", the plural of "ficción".

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lukasevansherman
Mar 26, 2015

"And the demiurges and gods would choose an infinite scheme: infinite stories, infinitely divided."
Along with "Labyrinths," this is the best known and most widely read of Borges's short story collections, although these are hardly stories in any kind of traditional sense. It's like a house of cards in a hall of mirrors or one of those Escher prints that everyone seemed to have in their dorm rooms in the 90s. You can definitely see his influence in Umberto Eco's writing, as well as a whole generation of Latin American writers. You might also like Nabokov's "Pale Fire."

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joliebergman
Jun 13, 2014

It's like reading silk, cotton, rolling green fields, a dive into cool waters on a hot day, deep sleep dreams, eating a delicate meal, and heaving a deep sigh while sitting next to a loved one a porch swing during twilight.

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vickiz
Feb 16, 2009

This is the 45th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

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