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Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings

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The classic by Latin America's finest writer of the twentieth century—a true literary sensation—with an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson.
The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's ...

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Overview

The classic by Latin America's finest writer of the twentieth century—a true literary sensation—with an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson.
The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges' fiction "The Library," which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.
This new edition of Labyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges' writing edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by André Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges' influence and importance into the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Borges is arguably the great bridge between modernism and post-modernism in world literature.”— David Foster Wallace
The Washington Times
Borges anticipated postmodernism (deconstruction and so on) and picked up credit as founding father of Latin American magical realism.”— Colin Waters
David Foster Wallace - The New York Times
“Borges is arguably the great bridge between modernism and post-modernism in world literature.”
Colin Waters - The Washington Times
“Borges anticipated postmodernism (deconstruction and so on) and picked up credit as founding father of Latin American magical realism.”
Library Journal

This volume combines 23 short stories, ten essays, and nine parables-a wonderful variety of Borges's writings. It also sports a new intro by sf star William Gibson and a chronology of Borges's life.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811216999
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook Series , #1066
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 161,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges (1890-1982), Argentine poet, critic, and short-story writer, revolutionized modern literature. He was completely blind when appointed the head of Argentina’s National Library.

William Gibson is a professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford
Brookes University. He is also academic director of the Westminster
Institute of Education.

Biography

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of the 20th century, 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. 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 -- eventually, the list included both Oxford and Cambridge universities. In 1971 he also received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards, the Alfonso Reyes Prize. In 1980 he shared with Gerardo Diego the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary accolade.

Borges was director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Borges began writing at the age of six, mostly fantasy stories inspired by Cervantes. When he was nine, he translated Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince into Spanish, and the piece was published in El País, a local newspaper.

To the outrage of his followers, Borges never did receive the Nobel prize. "Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition," Borges once quipped. "Since I was born they have not been granting it to me."

Several of Borges's short stories have been adapted for the movies, most recently Death and the Compass (1996), directed by Alex Cox (Repo Man).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Buenos Aires, Argentina
    1. Date of Death:
      June 14, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Geneva, Switzerland
    1. Education:
      B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Genius man, genius collection.

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    It took me many years to appreciate Borges. I will fully acknowledge that that was solely based off of my own immaturity as a reader and not due to his writing. The stories contained in this collection are like none I have ever read before. These are the kinds of stories that stay with you long after you've read them. Like a good movie that constantly demands re-examination, Borges writing will taunt the reader to delve deeper into each story and find something new. But enough of the "literature buff" angle. Simply put, these are highly entertaining, mysterious and thought provoking stories. Some people may even choose to describe them as 'trippy': fair enough. Those versed with Julio Cortazar most likely have already experienced Borges, but if not, then what are you waiting for? As for the rest of the would be readers out there, "Labyrinths" is just as its name implies. Anyone can get lost in there and everyone will find something they were looking for, whether they knew they were looking for it or not.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    Mind-grabbing

    This book was my introduction to Borges. Every piece was intellectually stimulating. He succinctly and elegantly probes the mind and develops lasting images and deep feelings. Borges was a genius.

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