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Jorge Luis Borges's Labyrinths is a collection of short stories and essays showcasing one of Latin America's most influential and imaginative writers.

Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated 'Library
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Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 287 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1962)
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Keith Mitchell Read Marquez and Italo Calvino and the best Kafka. If you saw Birdman you saw Ed Norton reading a copy of Borges's Labyrinths while tanning.
Luke Albao A person can be a philosopher about any particular pursuit. Someone who is an avid swimmer might be able to find some secrets to the universe in the…moreA person can be a philosopher about any particular pursuit. Someone who is an avid swimmer might be able to find some secrets to the universe in the rhythm of the stroke. A runner could spend his every run meditating on how much the human race owes to its evolved ability to run for long distances.

The thing to know about Borges is that he was a librarian. He loved books like Van Gogh loved color, and almost everything he writes stems from that.(less)
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Samadrita
A university professor had once expounded on the supposed conflict between history and literature, the former bemoaning the irrelevance of the latter when it comes to tracing the contours of reality while the latter countering this accusation by deploying the well-known defense of 'there's no one way of looking at the truth'.

Indeed. Why restrict ourselves to just the one way and the one reality? Why overlook the truth of infinite permutations and combinations of each eventuality and each one of
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karen
why haven't i read borges before?? no one knows. and he was always pushed upon me - "how can you like marquez if you haven't read borges??" "you like donoso - you should read borges." "machado is good, but you should read borges." so - fine - i did. and i am utterly underwhelmed. so there. i am learning during my "summer of classix" that most of the books i have for some reason or another overlooked were probably overlooked for a reason. i naturally gravitate towards what i like - and i seem to ...more
Glenn Russell
May 31, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The stories, essays and parables in this Borges collection, with all their esoteric references to multiple histories, cultures and literatures, are no more likely to appeal to a casual reader then a textbook on cognitive psychology. To extract literary gold from highly intricate, complex works like The Garden of Forking Paths, Emma Zunz, The Library of Babel or The Zahir requires careful multiple readings as well as a willingness to occasionally investigate terms and references, for example here
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Rakhi Dalal
On his religious views, Borges declared himself as an agnostic, clarifying: "Being an agnostic means all things are possible, even God, even the Holy Trinity. This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen"*

It feels kind of strange to quote this after my initial brush with “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins where he refutes an agnostic stance vis-à-vis an atheist one. But I find myself adhering here with Borges. Why to rob an already incomprehensible world of its myriad
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Aubrey
Reading. No, thought. No, reality. Or, fiction? Fiction. But also time, and faith, and metonymy.

How close is the instantaneous you to the you in context with time, space, and the integration over the infinite?

What? What.

The what is the period of time wherein I grew fed up with the knowing and began to contemplate the thinking, unknown and yet rather persistent seeing as it continues to niggle at me. Knowing helps, of course, in the foundations of common thought from which propagates communicati
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
A perfect book to buy for your early-teens little sister right when she starts showing interest in the opposite sex. Goes great in a Christmas bundle right along with Twilight, Gossip Girl, etc. Moms and pops and big brothers and sisters, make note! The holidays are right around the corner, after all...

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Leonard
Mar 07, 2015 Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most imaginative writers I have come across, could have been a mathematician, a physicist, a philosopher or a theologian. I can see his influence on Umberto Eco in the manipulation of text and the blending between fiction and reality. To read Borges’s Labyrinth is immerse myself in a magical world where the concept of infinity manifests in space and time, where the boundary between dream and reality fades, where the past and the future converge into an instant, wher ...more
Ben Winch
For a few years in my early-20s I was obsessed with this book. Some of these stories I have read probably 10 times. The opening story ('Tlon, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius') is one of the most challenging, rewarding mind-f**ks in all literature. Borges's style is limited - this becomes clearer in his later work - but for me this collection is well-chosen. Rarely has so much innovation been crammed into such short a space - but innovation of the controlled kind. No displays of histrionics for this Argent ...more
Huda Yahya
للتحميل


المرايا والمتاهات
خورخي لويس بورخيس




peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب 296 صفحه دارد و مجموعه ای از نوشته ها، روایتها، مصاحبه ها و اشعارِ « بورخس» است... بیشتر به تقدیر و ستایش از قهرمانهایِ جنگی و انقلابی در آرژانتین و زندگیِ و افکارِ آنها پرداخته است
در ابتدایِ کتاب، مترجم « بورخس» را با « حافظ» مقایسه کرده است، که از دیدگاهِ من، اصلاً قابلِ مقایسه نیستند... در زیر تعدادی از نوشته هایِ این کتاب را برایِ شما بزرگواران به انتخاب، نوشته ام
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هزارتویِ پُرپیچ و خمی از گ
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Jonathan

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges not only possessed one mouthful of a name but a great literary talent. There is much that could be criticised in his manner and style, in many of his pieces his 'fictions' come across as formulaic, mathematical and structured, which at times fails to allow emotion to be properly conveyed. Yet Borges was a conscious and thinking author, despite appearing to err on the logical side of the writing spectrum, addressing his fictional work as a means to explore deep
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Erik Graff
Oct 01, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: literature
This is the first Borges book I ever read. Since then, of course, he's died and all of his short stories have been collected in English. Mike Miley, the person who spends more money on books than anyone I've ever known (and is very generous in sharing them), purchased that complete collection, bringing it up to the cottage in Michigan during his last visit. When I saw it amidst Michael's travel bags (a small one for clothes, a big one for books and papers) I immediately asked if I could have at ...more
Mark Becher
Borges typically gets lumped into the South American "magical realism" genre along with the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (whom I've still yet to read; shame on me). But his style is very peculiar. The book is supposed to be a collection of short stories, or as Borges himself called them, ficciones. But few of them are what one would typically consider stories at all. They tend to be short fictional essays, book reviews, obituaries, articles, etc. (There's also a detective story and a couple o ...more
Brian
Aug 19, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowingly awesome. I only wish that for the first book that I read of Borges that it was either all short stories or all essays; I had difficulty making the transition from the last story to the first essay because the lyrical cadence of his writing style made his beautifully written essays seem almost fictive. The parables at the very end of the compilation were the cherries on top. Borges' love of all things Quixote makes me want to hunker down with that book and read, re-read, and re-re- ...more
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Why hasn't anyone smacked me over the head with a copy and said, "Read this, dummy"? I want to live in his brain.
Ahmad Sharabiani
نقل از بورخس: «کم کم تفاوتِ ظریفِ میان نگهداشتن یک دوست، و زنجیرکردن یک روح را یاد خواهی گرفت، این که عشق تکیه کردن نیست، و رفاقت اطمینان خاطر، و یاد میگیری که بوسهها قرارداد نیستند، و هدیهها، عهد و پیمان معنی نمیدهند، و شکستهایت را خواهی پذیرفت، و سرت را بالا خواهی گرفت، با چشمان باز، با ظرافتی زنانه، و نه اندوهی کودکانه، و یاد میگیری که همه راههایت را هم امروز بسازی، که خاک فردا برای خیالها مطمئن نیست، و آینده امکانی برای سقوط به میانه نزاع در خود دارد. کمکم یاد میگیری، که حتی نور خورشید میسوز ...more
Henry Martin
My first Borges book, or shall I say, "My first Borges experience!"

Labyrinths is broken down to three sections: Fictions, Essays, and Parables. It starts complicated enough with the first story, and despite the false appearance to grow simpler, it gets more complicated as the book progresses. These are not short stories; these are conundrums blending fact, fiction, reality, and dreams. I cannot begin to fathom the amount of research that went to his stories, as even today, with the World Wide We
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Jim
How can I reasonably be expected to review a book which, over a space of some forty-five years, has become central to my existence? Ever since I was first introduced to Jorge Luis Borges in a New Yorker review around 1969-70, when Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings and Ficciones were first published in the United States.

Since then, I have been following Borges's leads, which have led to to visit Iceland and Argentina (twice each), to read G.K. Chesterton's essays and fictions, to lo
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Praveen
Jul 11, 2013 Praveen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-s, classics
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges, this book is divided in three parts; FICTION, ESSAYS and PARABLES. Basically all this three sections comprises of STORIES OF IDEAS with the blend fact and fiction. Jorge Luis Borges seeks neither truth nor likelihood; he seeks astonishment by using metaphysics as a branch of the literature of fantasy (Like he quoted in his "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"). He uses themes of philosophy, politics, economics, mathematics etc and raises “n” number of paradoxes which i ...more
Josh
Mar 04, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theseus
A labyrinth is a structure of indeterminate size made up of walls that twist and turn into the unknown, loop back around to familiar corridors and terminate in impassible cul-de-sacs. Unlike a maze – a game with an achievable goal – labyrinths are built with the intent of getting and keeping its occupants irrevocably lost.

It’s kind of how I felt reading Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths.

That isn’t a bad thing, mind you. Borges’ storytelling is complex and dense, and some of the stories required a s
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أسيل
ليس أول عمل اقرأ لبورخيس
ولكن لا اعرف لم كلما عدت لعالمه
اسأت الظن به!!

فهل هي متاهات بورخيس في الزمن والتاريخ
ام الغموض والايحاء في سرده
ام لانه يرتكز على التاريخ وخاصة العربي
ويعيد سرده بطريقته وباسلوبه
ام كما قال بما معناه الادب تجديد للقديم وتطوير
ام ان عمله في المكتبات وغرقه بين الكتب والمخطوطات هو من جعل اهتمامه وسرده يرتكز هنا

هل سيأتي يوم واغرق فيه بمخطوطات عربية واعجمية وعلى اي مخطوطات واداب سأقف
ربما الاداب والاساطير النرويجية :)

اغبط بورخيس لانه قرأ كل هذه الكتب التاريخية
بينما لي على هذه الارض ا
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Sarah ~
يأسرني بورخيس دائماً ، فهو يفكك النصوص ويعيد سردها وقصَها بطريقته المتميزة والغريبة ، رغمَ سوء الترجمة التي أواجهها هنا أيضاً . إلى جانب تكرار قصص من مجموعة قصصية قرأتها له في وقتٍ سابق ..
ومعَ أن هذه الترجمة من دار مختلفة إلا أنها تقارب الترجمة السابقة في السوء وإن اقتصرت هذه المرة في الأغلب على أخطاء في ترجمة الأسماء (سواءً كانت لأشخاص أو أمكنة ) .

المفارقة أن مقدمة المترجم ذكرت مقولة لأرنستو ساباتو الكاتب الأرجنتيني الشهير انتقد فيها القراء في الأرجنتين قائلاَ : ( بأن بورخيس لو كانَ كاتباً فرنس
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Inderjit Sanghera
Borges miniature masterpieces reverberate with the vastness of his imagination, each short stories is a snapshot of both his endless erudition and vast imagination, as vast as the eternity which Jaromir is trapped in as he composes his masterpiece before the firing squad, as multifarious as the Judas who occupies the mind of Nile Runeberg and as mysterious as the enigmatic planet Tlon; just as Pierre Menard’s plagiarising of Don Quixote creates a richer version of the original as he suffuses his ...more
John
Sep 06, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults who think, read, & savor
Recommended to John by: maybe Arturo Arias
BOAR-hez? The name met with blank looks, I was shocked to discover, when I mentioned it on this year's first day of fiction workshop. Look, the man realigned the spine of Creative Writing. He did it with a feather touch, too, a mere dozen or so swiftly unfolding ironies, calibrated for maximum contortion of whatever you expect. The range of reference, to be sure, is encyclopedic -- literally: the Britannica features in a few of his essentials, like "Tlon, Uqbar, and Orbis Tertius" -- yet the cor ...more
Zorena
Sep 07, 2013 Zorena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes a good short story
Call them science fiction, fantasy or magical realism if you like but make sure you also call these stories wonderful! I'm already a fan of shorts stories but I'm not exactly a fan of reviewing them, mainly because there are stinkers among the gems but I found none in this collection.

Considering each ones length I found each of them quite complex. The Library of Babel contains more than books it also seems to be housed in a labyrinth of hexagonal rooms with many corners. Who knows what's around
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brian
Sep 08, 2007 brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just give everything with the name 'borges' five stars. immediately.
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
The longer I deal with Borges, the less interesting he becomes. It was exciting to decode him and figure out what he's trying to do and why, particular since at first his stories seem so esoteric, connected to religion, philosophy, and all the other magical components. However, after reading him more I see too many tricks and forms without a deeper substance and the stories become even predictable. Maybe I shouldn't say "deeper substance" because there is some depth there, but it becomes very on ...more
A. Dawes
Jul 11, 2016 A. Dawes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
An interesting challenging collection. Moves well beyond the magical realism into the philosophical weird. Glad I read it

7*
ستایش  دشتی
مشکلی که داشتم، تکراری شدنِ شیوۀ روایت، تیپ شخصیتها، زاویۀ دید و حتّی پیرنگِ داستان بود. در نیمۀ دوم کتاب این مشکل تا حدِ خوبی برطرف شد.
دیدِ بورخس به زندگی، اطّلاعاتِ حیرتآورش از فرهنگها، خلّاقیتِ حیرتآورش و داستانپردازیِ بیمثالش واقعاً ستودنیه.

شعرهاش رو البته هیچ نپسندیدم و حتّی از جایی به بعد نخوندم. : د

ترجمه هم خوب بود. شاید با ترجمهای که از نجفی اورده بود راحتتر بودم ولی به نظرم میرعلایی خوب از پس کار براومده بود.

ضمیمههای آخر کار هم جز مصاحبه واقعاً نامفید بودند. :د

از کتاب افست نیز بیزارم.
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes], Russian: Хорхе Луис Борхес) was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a libra ...more
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