Collected Fictions

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byJorge Luis BorgesTranslated byAndrew Hurley

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For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called “the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century” collected in a single volume
 
From Jorge Luis Borges’s 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display his 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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People worldwide consider Jorge Luis Borges to be one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Although he is most notable for his works of fiction, he has a bit of the muse in him as well. Editor Alexander Coleman presents Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Poems - a memorable compilation that features many works that have never before...

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For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called “the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century” collected in a single volume   From Jorge Luis Borges’s 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elabora...

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1989 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 June 1986. In 1961 Borges shared the International Publisher’s prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.4 × 5.76 × 1.51 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If ever stuck on the deserted island... This would be one among the 5 books I'd like to have with me. I haven't read it in English translation as of yet, so unless the translation is very bad I don't see what could go wrong with Borges. I re-read all of the Borges work for the last 30 years since I first discovered it...and every reading gives something new, something to think about, both emotional and intellectual satisfaction of the first degree... Those stories are at the same time fiction, philosophical quest, dreaming, reality, anything one can think of can be found in them. The art of the highest degree dealing with the very philosophical issues in the entertaining way - I believe that he deserved Nobels' prize for literature, but unfortunately there was I believe some politics involved there. Also the best part is that those stories I believe will be still meaningful as I age, which is also a sign of the great literature...can be read from teenage years to the old age...
Date published: 2006-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit loopy Something like dreaming a movie; everything may make sense, but taken out of context, would never work. I love his love of tigers, labyrinths, knife fights, and adventure, but best is the introduction of amazing ideas never heard of in North America. Nice to read something everfresh in a time of endless repetition... In all, possibly my best purchase in years!
Date published: 2002-08-04

Extra Content

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 Paths

Artifices (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 South

The 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
Afterword

The 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.
Afterword

In Praise of Darkness (1969)
Foreword
The Ethnographer
Pedro Salvadores
Legend
A Prayer
His End and His Beginning

Brodie'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
Afterword

Shakespeare'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

From Our Editors

People worldwide consider Jorge Luis Borges to be one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Although he is most notable for his works of fiction, he has a bit of the muse in him as well. Editor Alexander Coleman presents Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Poems - a memorable compilation that features many works that have never before received English translations. The team of translators include such luminaries as Robert Fitzgerald, Stephen Kessler, W.S. Merwin, Alastair Reid, Mark Strand, Charles Tomlinson, and John Updike. 

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Notable Book   “A marvelous new collection of stories by one of the most remarkable writers of our century.” —The New York Times “The major work of probably the most influential Latin American writer of the century.” —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.” —Chicago Tribune “An event worth of celebration . . . Hurley deserves our enthusiastic praise for this monumental piece of work.” —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