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Now, new in audio and completely unabridged, the collection that made Borges a household name in the English-speaking world. 

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 labelled Borgesian. 

Umberto Eco's international best seller 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 21st century.

©1962, 1964, 2007 New Directions Publishing Corporation (P)2019 New Directions Publishing Corporation

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Look, this is Borges

Borges is fantastic, in many ways. Truly superb writing and thinking--but why have it read by a narrator who can't pronounce the words? Narrators should read the book in advance, make notes and find out how to pronounce the foreign names and words, or else it becomes a travesty. Audible should set standards of how to approach such a task, instead of just putting somebody in front of a microphone. I mean, we're speaking of one of the greatest authors ever.

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Jungian Existentialist Inquiry Obviates Meaning

Borges is one of the great writers, ever. This book compiles short stories with his reviews of other authors; recommending and analyzing for us those authors, as well as the author at hand. Reading the authors he discusses, serves to discern the subtleties of Borges' worldview.: deconstruction of the Jungian "Magician/Wizard" archetype in the context of existential futility. Existential inquiry demonstrates the relevance of meaning via reciprocal dialectical opposition; in that he pursues it, it has relevance. His pursuit defines the context of the meaning he's searching for. All meaning has to be is relevant to understanding growth experience, which his inquiry uncovers in abundance. The search for meaning, obviates the relevance of meaning to contemplative introspection on experience and validates growth as a rationally self-interested proposal. Though, his core themes analyze existential futility; the relevance of the inquiry itself to understanding, obviates the pursuit of meaningful (material) good and its concomitantly related, rational expectations of probabilistic outcomes. Relevant "material good" is useful to rational worldview; if the ostensible goal of meaningful experience, is to realize personal or cultural progress. Progress is only achieved in awareness. One must understand how and why the likely outcome of our efforts, will serve rationally perceived best interests; in order for given behavior to reflect meaningful growth experience.

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  • 05-17-20

Badly narrated

Could not finish it. The narrator would insist on stressing the wrong words. Hopefully there will be a better version.