Collected Fictions

Collected Fictions

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Collected Fictions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
73nk More than 1 year ago
Let me put it this way. What The Beatles did for contemporary music with Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's, Borges did to contemporary literature with The Garden of Forking Paths, Artifices and The Aleph. In his works he displays both creativity and erudition, complemented with a singular style of narration that will have you believe all sort of fictional societies, books and mystical artifacts to be true. Make no mistake: political reasons kept him from being awarded the Nobel prize in literature, but he remained a strong contestant for almost 30 years in a row. Many authors and critics consider him to be one of the best and most influential writers not only in Spanish, but in any language.
Devine_OmegaAS More than 1 year ago
Borges is a master in the art of fiction and illustrates it with peculiar ease in this potent and ravishing collection containing most of his lifetime's work. His writing is style is unparallel to any other author whether past or modern. From beginning to end the pages unleash Borges' life long self-taught philosophy pertaining currency, religion as well as politics while dazzling readers with his uncharacteristic ability to amusingly entertain his audience to a higher level of profound literature.
Devine_Omega More than 1 year ago
Borges is a master in the art of fiction and illustrates it with peculiar ease in this potent and ravishing collection containing most of his lifetime's work. His writing is style is unparallel to any other author whether past or modern. From beginning to end the pages unleash Borges' life long self-taught philosophy pertaining currency, religion as well as politics while dazzling readers with his uncharacteristic ability to amusingly entertain his audience to a higher level of profound literature.
Suspicious_Package More than 1 year ago
Borges' genius seems bottomless. He is the heir to Kafka and the grandfather to many of this generation's finest writers. Unlike many writers who rely on imagery, Borges employs the unexpected paradox and the yawningly expansive metaphor.

A quick note about the binding of this volume. This is a quite comprehensive collection which you're gonna wanna read a ton of times! One thing about this book that doesn't come across in the photo is that it's a beautiful object. The pages are cut in that ragged old school way. The paper is heavy. The cover is paper but has a nice durable heft to it. When people see a book like this on your shelf, on your desk or in your hand, they will admire your intellect and ask you all kinds of questions about what you've read and you will be so happy to tell them. Many other people have read these stories and if you meet them you can each share your appreciation and competing interpretations. I can't believe the price. There is simply no reason not to buy this book right now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Borges is a genius. The stories contained in this edition (Penguin 1999) include the best of his prose work. Of course I recommend that everyone read the beautifully captured reflections of this book, but unfortunately this particular translation leaves too much to be desired. I only say too much because of the disparity between the original spanish and the offered translation. No obstante, you have to use what you can, and Borges' work is worth the compromise of translation. If at all possible, read the spanish, even if you struggle. You'll improve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I keep coming back to the Collected Fictions. It always leaves me satisfied. Borges plays his little tricks with image and memory and thereby lets the reader into alternate universes. There is always a new twist, always another sublte subversion of reality. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Idea that Ultimate Beauty, Ultimate Truth, And Ultimate enlightenment is possible drives this Author. These things That stay just outside our reach everyday, every year, Century after Century have been Idolized in every culture, and are brought to light on every page.
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