Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. Now, for the first time in English, all of Borges' dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together, these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges - and a superb introduction to the master's work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.
Please note: This audio edition includes selections from the paperback edition. The stories included are unabridged.
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"A Borges invention can start anywhere, hint at unlikely sources, and proceed by pseudo-banal routes to unprecedented goals; it always takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into some previously unsuspected dimension. This collection of the great magician's work is a new translation and includes one piece never before put into English." (The Atlantic Monthly)
"This...collection of the complete imaginings of the Argentine writer...is an event, and cause for celebration." (The New York Times)
Like many other reviewers, I didn't realize when purchasing this that it's only a tiny sample of the book, although I guess I should've known from the 5 hour runtime. That being said, I wasn't very into it. And now I'm left to wonder if my lack of enthusiasm is about Borges in general or this particular (skewed?) selection of his work. (The selection is very heavy on stories about explaining "unfathomable" things, like The Aleph, The Zahir, The Library of Babel, etc., which I tended not to be crazy about.)
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Borges' work invites/requires multiple readings to capture it all. I could, and have, listened to this audiobook many, many times over. Borges writes for the ear as much as the page, and the translation and narration are top notch. It's a pleasure to listen to, and I absolutely love it.
That said, however, there are only seventeen stories from this collection represented in this audiobook. It's well worth the money, but we need more.
Please, please, please, consider releasing another audio collection so that more of these amazing stories are available in audio format.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
So frustrated by this purchase. I bought this, thinking I was getting the full AMAZING book, and realized shortly after ... NOPE. Return to Sender.
Disappointing short shrift to a great short story collection.
My mistake, but I was looking for several stories there are not among those offered here. I should have chosen a different Borges offering. In addition, the Hurley translation differs substantially from several others I compared it with.
Fantastic in many senses of the word. Intimate reflections as short stories about time and memory and perception and infinitude. Heady and ridiculous, wandering effortlessly from philosophy to poetry to suspenseful prose to meta-critique of literature and the author himself. I had to reread many of the stories for a fuller appreciation and I suspect that's still true.
The problem is, there is no list of stories here! I searched for another story and this collection came up and I thought mine is in this collection, it was not! they could at least put the list of stories!
At first I felt it scratching the surface of my deepest reasoning then it was digging into it but by the end it had turned it upside down and letting the sand of logic rain on my heart.
Borges is a master of paradox and magical mysteries. He expresses ideas that are way ahead of his time.
Occasionally he waxes a bit pedantic, but it doesn't interfere with the genius of his work overall.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator. Borges is a great writer. But something in these stories just wasn't quite clicking for me.
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