Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges


byJorge Luis BorgesTranslated byMildred Boyer, Harold Morland

Paperback | January 1, 1985

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Dreamtigers has been heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century by Mortimer J. Adler, editor of Great Books of the Western World. It has been acknowledged by its author as his most personal work. Composed of poems, parables, and stories, sketches and apocryphal quotations, Dreamtigers at first glance appears to be a sampler—albeit a dazzling one—of the master's work. Upon closer examination, however, the reader discovers the book to be a subtly and organically unified self-revelation.

Dreamtigers explores the mysterious territory that lies between the dreams of the creative artist and the .real. world. The central vision of the work is that of a recluse in the .enveloping serenity. of a library, looking ahead to the time when he will have disappeared but in the timeless world of his books will continue his dialogue with the immortals of the past — Homer, Don Quixote, Shakespeare. Like Homer, the maker of these dreams is afflicted with failing sight. Still, he dreams of tigers real and imagined and reflects upon of a life that, above all, has been intensely introspective, a life of calm self-possession and absorption in the world of the imagination. At the same time he is keenly aware of that other Borges, the public figure about whom he reads with mixed emotions: .It's the other one, it's Borges, that things happen to..

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1899, Jorge Borges was educated by an English governess and later studied in Europe. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1921, where he helped to found several avant-garde literary periodicals. In 1955, after the fall of Juan Peron, whom he vigorously opposed, he was appointed director of the Argentine Na...
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Title:DreamtigersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.97 × 6.02 × 0.32 inPublished:January 1, 1985Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292715498

ISBN - 13:9780292715493

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART ITo Leopoldo LugonesThe MakerDreamtigersDialogue on a DialogueToenailsThe Draped MirrorsArgumentum OrnithologicumThe CaptiveThe ShamDelia Elena San MarcoDead Men's DialogueThe PlotA ProblemA Yellow RoseThe WitnessMartin FierroMutationsParable of Cervantes and Don QuixoteParadiso, XXXI, 108Parable of the PalaceEverything and NothingRagnarökInferno, I, 32Borges and IPART IIPoem about GiftsThe HourglassThe Game of ChessMirrorsElvira de AlvearSusana SocaThe Moon The RainOn the Effigy of a Captain in Cromwell's ArmiesTo an Old PoetThe Other TigerBlind Pew Referring to a Ghost of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Odd Referring to the Death of Colonel Francisco Borges (1835-1874)In Memoriam: A. R.The BorgesTo Luis de CamoënsNineteen Hundred and Twenty-OddOde Composed in 1960Ariosto and the ArabsOn Beginning the Study of Anglo-Saxon GrammarLuke XXIIIAdroguéArs PoeticaMuseum On Rigor in Science QuatrainLimitsThe Poet Declares His RenownThe Magnanimous EnemyThe Regret of HeraclitusEpilogueAppendix: Some Facts in the Life of Jorge Luis Borges

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.One feels in Dreamtigers a calm, an intimation of a truce, a tranquil fragility. Like so many last or near-last works... Dreamtigers preserves the author's life-long concerns, but drained of urgency; horror has yielded to a resigned humorousness. - John Updike