Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis BorgesDreamtigers 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."

Mildred Boyer is professor emerita of romance languages at the University of Texas at Austin
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

  • Introduction
  • Part I
    • To Leopoldo Lugones
    • The Maker
    • Dreamtigers
    • Dialogue on a Dialogue
    • Toenails
    • The Draped Mirrors
    • Argumentum Ornithologicum
    • The Captive
    • The Sham
    • Delia Elena San Marco
    • Dead Men's Dialogue
    • The Plot
    • A Problem
    • A Yellow Rose
    • The Witness
    • Martin Fierro
    • Mutations
    • Parable of Cervantes and Don Quixote
    • Paradiso, XXXI, 108
    • Parable of the Palace
    • Everything and Nothing
    • Ragnarök
    • Inferno, I, 32
    • Borges and I
  • Part II
    • Poem about Gifts
    • The Hourglass
    • The Game of Chess
    • Mirrors
    • Elvira de Alvear
    • Susana Soca
    • The Moon
    • The Rain
    • On the Effigy of a Captain in Cromwell's Armies
    • To an Old Poet
    • The Other Tiger
    • Blind 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 Borges
    • To Luis de Camoëns
    • Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-Odd
    • Ode Composed in 1960
    • Ariosto and the Arabs
    • On Beginning the Study of Anglo-Saxon Grammar
    • Luke XXIII
    • Adrogué
    • Ars Poetica
    • Museum
      • On Rigor in Science
      • Quatrain
      • Limits
      • The Poet Declares His Renown
      • The Magnanimous Enemy
      • The Regret of Heraclitus
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Some Facts in the Life of Jorge Luis Borges

Editorial Reviews

"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" - New Yorker