The Book of Imaginary Beings (Classics Deluxe Edition): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)by Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Sís
In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter S's with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination," from dragons and centaurs to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat and the Morlocks of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. A lavish feast of exotica brought/i>… See more details below
In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter S's with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination," from dragons and centaurs to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat and the Morlocks of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. A lavish feast of exotica brought vividly to life with art commissioned specifically for this volume, The Book of Imaginary Beings will delight readers of classic fantasy as well as Borges's many admirers.
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Jorges Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and 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 Publishers' Prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill Foundation granted him its Annual Literary Award in 1966 for his "outstanding contribution to literature." In 1971 Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa that he was to receive from the English-speaking world. In 1971 he received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given the Alfonso Reyes Prize, one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards. In 1980 he shared the Cervantes Prize (the Spanish world's highest literary accolade) with Gerardo Diego. Borges was Director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. In a tribute to Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa wrote: "His is a world of clear, pure, and at the same time unusual ideas...expressed in words of great directness and restraint. [He] was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges' tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction..."
Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.
Peter S's has received five New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year awards, a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and a Caldecott Honor. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003.
- Date of Birth:
- August 24, 1899
- Date of Death:
- June 14, 1986
- Place of Birth:
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Place of Death:
- Geneva, Switzerland
- B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914
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I grew up with this book in my mothers collection, She had bought it in a sale from a local library long before i was born. And it was always a favorite referance book of mine. Growing up in the midst of the Harry Potter mania i found a good understanding of mythical animals and their sources to be a good thing. But dont let me mislead you this is by no means a childrens book. I will most likely break down a buy a copy of my own someday and would recomend this as an addition to any collection if you are a fan of mythology and magic.
I found this book OK. I was expecting a guide for everyday mythical creatures. This wasn't what I expected but still. If you're looking for creatures in different religions well then I bet you would like it. I did learn from it though. I recommend this to the most serious mythologists. Is that a word?