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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,013 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jorge Luis Borges Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For the first time in English, all of Jorge Luis Borges’ dazzling fictions are collected in a single volume in brilliant new translations by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, the enigmatic prose poems of The Maker, up to his final work in the 1980s, Shakespeare’s Memory, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges’ talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

For some fifty years, in intriguing and ingenious fictions that reimagined the very form of the short story, Borges returned again and again to his celebrated themes: dreams, duels, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gauchos, knife fighters, tigers, and the elusive nature of identity itself. Playfully experimenting with ostensibly subliterary genres, Borges took the detective story and turned it into metaphysics; he took fantasy writing and made it, with its questioning and reinventing of everyday reality, central to the craft of fiction; he took the literary essay and put it to use reviewing wholly imaginary books.

Commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, this edition at last brings together all of Borges’ magical short stories. Collected Fictions is the definitive one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the Argentine master’s work for those who have yet to discover him.

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  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hjvdiaz | 2/14/2014

    " There are no words to describe how much I admire this man's works... I wish he was still alive so I could probe at his fantastic mind for hours on end! I just couldn't help but fall in love with his writing style as soon as I picked up this book, and it was all thanks to a friend's recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/13/2014

    " Collecting together almost all of Borges' extant short fictions in a new translation by Andrew Hurley. The voice seems clearer and more natural and the volume is extensively annotated with helpful guides on Argentinian cultural and literary traditions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 2/12/2014

    " I can't but like Borges, so I generally enjoy all of his short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glen | 2/3/2014

    " One of the best collections of short stories I own. "

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