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The Book of Imaginary Beings
Jorge Luis Borges
0670891800
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The master, writing with sometime collaborator Guerrero, compiled 82 one- and two-page descriptions of everything from "The Borametz" (a Chinese "plant shaped like a lamb, covered with golden fleece") to "The Simurgh" ("an immortal bird that makes its nest in the tree of science") and "The Zaratan" (a particularly cunning whale) in An Anthology of Fantastic Zoology in 1954. He added 34 more (and illustrations) for a 1967 edition, giving it the present title, and it was published in English in 1969. This edition, with fresh translations from Borges's Collected Fictions translator Hurley, and new illustrations from Caldecott-winner Sís, gives the beings new life. They prove the perfect foils for classic Borgesian musings on everything from biblical etymology to the underworld, giving the creatures...


Borges and the Eternal Orangutans
Luis Fernando Verissimo
081121592X
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Brazilian author Verissimo's delightful novel simultaneously caricatures the complicated codes that comprise detective stories and spins a whodunit of paternity, academic intrigue, 16th-century occultism and orangutans. The action occurs at the annual meeting of the Israfel Society, an eccentric organization devoted to the study of Edgar Allan Poe, which Vogelstein, a sheltered teacher and translator, decides to attend in the hopes of meeting his hero, Jorge Luis Borges. When Vogelstein discovers the unlikable Rotkopf, another conference attendee, stabbed to death in front of a mirror, it falls to Borges and Vogelstein to solve the crime. Is the murderer Professor Ikisara, who was angry at having to travel to Buenos Aires for the conference and at having been trampled, twice, by Rotkopf during the welcoming...


Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
Herbert Asbury
1560252758
April 2004
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Journalist Asbury pulled this book together from several official sources, including police records as well as unofficial ones such as the rough memories of criminals. True to the title, the book is a history of crime both organized and not that permeated the dirty underbelly of New York City and its boroughs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these gangs were so vicious they would post signs warning police to stay out of their neighborhoods or else! The 1927 volume is the basis of Martin Scorsese's forthcoming film of the same name starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Titanic heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, so make sure to have at least one copy on hand. This edition contains numerous illustrations and a foreword by Jorge Luis Borges. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The Invention of Morel
Adolfo Bioy Casares
1590170571
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of The Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

About the...


Selected Non-Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges
0140290117
November 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Jorge Luis Borges was our century's greatest miniaturist, perpetually cramming entire universes onto the head of a pin. Yet his splendid economy, along the wafer-thin proportions of such classic volumes as Ficciones and Labyrinths, has given readers the impression that Borges was miserly with his prose. In fact, he was something of a verbal spendthrift. His collected stories alone run to nearly 1,000 pages. And his nonfiction output was even more staggering: the young Borges cranked out hundreds of essays, book notes, cultural polemics, and movie reviews, and even after he lost his sight in 1955, he continued to dictate short pieces by the dozens. Eliot Weinberger has assembled just a fraction of this outpouring in Selected Non-Fictions, and the result is a 559-page Borgesian blowout, in which the Argentinean fabulist...


Collected Fictions, Vol. 3
Jorge Luis Borges
0140286802
September 1999
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Book Review
Although Jorge Luis Borges published his first book in 1923--doling out his own money for a limited edition of Fervor de Buenos Aires--he remained in Argentinian obscurity for almost three decades. In 1951, however, Ficciones appeared in French, followed soon after by an English translation. This collection, which included the cream of the author's short fictions, made it clear that Borges was a world-class (if highly unclassifiable) artist--a brilliant, lyrical miniaturist, who could pose the great questions of existence on the head of pin. And by 1961, when he shared the French Prix Formentor with Samuel Beckett, he seemed suddenly to tower over a half-dozen literary cultures, the very exemplar of modernism with a human face.

By the time of his death in 1986, Borges had been granted old master status by almost...



Borges
Jorge Luis Borges
0140587217
Apr 2000
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Book Review
During his life, Jorge Luis Borges wore many hats. He was, variously, a poet, an essayist, a short-story writer, a librarian, and, for a short time, a poultry inspector. Born in Argentina in 1899, he lived for several years in Europe before eventually returning home to Buenos Aires in the early 1920s. It was here that Borges started his career as a writer. At the age of 24, he published his first volume of poetry, and though he would go on to garner considerable acclaim as an essayist and crafter of fiction, he always considered himself first and foremost a poet. This bilingual edition of Selected Poems, edited by Alexander Coleman, gathers together 200 poems from different periods of Borges's life, including some that will be appearing in English for the first time.

Whether he was writing fiction, essays, or poetry,...



Labyrinths: Selected Short Stories and Other Writings
Jorge Luis Borges
0811200124
June 1964
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Book Review
If Jorge Luis Borges had been a computer scientist, he probably would have invented hypertext and the World Wide Web.

Instead, being a librarian and one of the world's most widely read people, he became the leading practitioner of a densely layered imaginistic writing style that has been imitated throughout this century, but has no peer (although Umberto Eco sometimes comes close, especially in Name of the Rose). Borges's stories are redolent with an intelligence, wealth of invention, and a tight, almost mathematically formal style that challenge with mysteries and paradoxes revealed only slowly after several readings. Highly recommended to anyone who wants their imagination and intellect to be aswarm with philosophical plots, compelling conundrums, and a wealth of real and imagined literary references derived...



Antologia: los mejores relatos latinoamericanos (Anthology: The Best Latin American Short Stories)
Gabriel Garc¿a M¿rquez
8420444936
July 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: Spanish


The Aleph and Other Stories
Jorge Luis Borges
0142437883
Aug 2004
Paperback
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John Updike
He has lifted fiction away from the flat earth where most of our novels and short stories still take place.

Book Description
Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges’s most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s "killer," and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house. This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.

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Ficciones (Fictions)
Jorge Luis Borges
8420633127
January 1995
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
Reading Jorge Luis Borges is an experience akin to having the top of one's head removed for repairs. First comes the unfamiliar breeze tickling your cerebral cortex; then disorientation, even mild discomfort; and finally, the sense that the world has been irrevocably altered--and in this case, rendered infinitely more complex. First published in 1945, his Ficciones compressed several centuries' worth of philosophy and poetry into 17 tiny, unclassifiable pieces of prose. He offered up diabolical tigers, imaginary encyclopedias, ontological detective stories, and scholarly commentaries on nonexistent books, and in the process exploded all previous notions of genre. Would any of David Foster Wallace's famous footnotes be possible without Borges? Or, for that matter, the syntactical games of Perec, the metafictional...


Universal History of Iniquity
Jorge Luis Borges
0142437891
Aug 2004
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Ilan Stavans, The Times Literary Supplement
Hurley’s efforts at retranslating Borges are not anything but heroic. His versions are clear, elegant, crystalline.

Book Description
In his writing, Borges always combined high seriousness with a wicked sense of fun. Here he reveals his delight in re-creating (or making up) colorful stories from the Orient, the Islamic world, and the Wild West, as well as his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and personal betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. Spark-ling with the sheer exuberant pleasure of story-telling, this collection marked the emergence of an utterly distinctive literary voice.

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Brodie's Report
Jorge Luis Borges
0143039253
Aug 2005
Paperback
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J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books
[Borges] renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish-American novelists.

The Times Literary Supplement
Hurley’s efforts at retranslating Borges are not anything but heroic. His versions are clear, elegant, crystalline.

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Jorge Luis Borges
Jaime Alazraki
0231032838
November 1971
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Book of Imaginary Beings, the (Classics Deluxe Edition)
Jorge Luis Borges
0143039938
Oct 2006
Paperback
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Jorge Luis Borges
Manufactured by Chelsea House Publications
0791068234
January 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-This slim volume is filled with useful information about the acclaimed Argentine writer. Beginning with an editor's note and introduction by Bloom, and moving on to biographical information about Borges, the book focuses on five of the author's most studied short stories: "Death and the Compass"; "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"; "The Immortal"; "The Aleph"; and "The South." Each chapter contains a plot summary, a list of characters, and previously published critical essays. Lists of Borges's other writings, principal translations in English, books and articles about the writer, and an index of themes and ideas are appended. The critical essays are not included in their entirety, but are extractions of longer pieces. A helpful study guide for students.Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr,...

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