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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  4,098 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
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 o ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published January 2002 by El País (first published 1935)
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Glenn Russell
Nov 13, 2013 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From his early years the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges lived among books and languages, classical literature from many civilizations and cultures: Chinese, Persian, Nordic, Spanish, to name several. His greatest childhood memory was his father's library; he was reading Shakespeare in English at age 11; by the time he was an adult, Borges turned his mind into one vast library. Therefore, it is a bit ironic this bookish man chose to write an entire collection of tales about men of sheer act ...more
Mike Puma
Apr 16, 2015 Mike Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Briefly: A catalog, a biographical dictionary of vile people with a worldwide range, real and/or imagined (imagined, certainly, even the real). This owes a debt to Marcel Schwob’s Imaginary Lives and to which J. Rodolfo Wilcox owes a debt for having enabled The Temple of Iconoclasts (which I’ll now return to liking quite a lot), and more recently, providing premise for Roberto Bolaño’s Nazi Literature in the Americas (which I read first, bassackwards, I).

4 stars for a fun, creepy read, made more

"Reading... is an activity subsequent to writing - more resigned, more civil, more intellectual" (the closing words to the preface of the first edition).

I have the Complete Fictions (with copious translator's notes), but am splitting my review of that into its components, listed in publication order: Collected Fictions - all reviews. This is the first, published in 1935.

I had read several profound and passionate reviews by friends, and felt the building lure of Borges, aided by a growing awarene
Ian "Marvin" Graye
"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."

Oscar Wilde

Exercises in Style

These stories are fascinating exercises in style.

They effectively document the development of Borges' style at a time when "he was a shy sort of man who could not bring himself to write short stories, and so amused himself by changing and distorting (sometimes without aesthetic justification) the stories of other men."

Matter of Fact

As Borges said in an earlier Preface, "the stories are n
Luís C.
Most of the stories that make up the Universal History of Infamy (an intentionally emphatic title) are imaginary biographies of historical figures such as Billy the Kid, Monk Eastman Gang leader or pseudo-Muslim prophet Hakim al-Moqannâ.
Under the apparent grandiloquence hiding in fact humble and pleasant stories. They are almost all written in the same style, abusing long enumerations and pompous and superfluous adjectives. A style that Borges describes in the prologue of baroque. Their about ot
May 16, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talvez pelo fascínio que o Velho Oeste sempre exerceu sobre mim, o relato que mais me marcou destas universais e infamantes histórias de Borges, tenha sido "O assassino desinteressado Bill Harrigan", breve narração da atribulada e breve vida de Billy the Kid, morto aos 21 anos pelo Xerife Pat Garrett, acusado de 21 mortes "sem contar os mexicanos".


এই বইটির বাংলা শিরোনাম করা যেতে পারে "কুখযাতির সারবজনীন ইতিহাস"। কোন কোন বোদধার মতে বোরহেসের তরুণ বয়সে লেখা এই বইটির মাধযমেই লযাটিন আমেরিকান মযাজিক রিয়ালিজম বা যাদু-বাসতবতার পদযাতরা শুরু। তবে এটা সংখযালঘু মতামত। যাদু-বাসতবতার কলাসিক উপাদান বলতে আমরা যা কিছু বুঝি, তা এখানে মোটের উপর অনুপসথিত। এখন পরযনত যাদু-বাসতবতার পিতৃতব কিউবার ঔপনযাসিক আলেহো কারপেনতিয়ের-এর ঘাড়েই বরতায়, এবং "কুখযাতি" পড়ার পরে সেই মতামত হুট করে বদলে ফেলার কোন সঙগত কারণ খুঁজে পেলাম না।

তবে হযাঁ, বিংশ শতাবদীর সাহিতযে ভয়ংকর পরভাবশাল
Mar 22, 2013 Lourdes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Temerosos de la Metáfísica y el Absoluto. Y todos los demás.
Recommended to Lourdes by: Todos
Leer Historia Universal de la Infamia es ir a la caza de la delgada línea roja. Ésa que separa, imperceptible, la realidad y la ficción. Sucede que, en esta antología de relatos criminales, Borges se apropia de historias verídicas (sin duda, caídas del ambar de viejas páginas policiales o de las polvorientas leyendas de antaño) y las envuelve en una atmósfera fascinante. En una telaraña de detalles asombrosos, que son una reescritura de lo real y que, incluso, lo perfeccionan.

Curioso: el autor l
Feb 21, 2017 Marko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww, my 1st Borges ^^ I remember the beauty, the confusion...just don't read it in your teenage years :D
Guillermo Gonca
Jan 27, 2017 Guillermo Gonca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La infamia es un acto vil, que mancha de manera definitiva la reputación de un individuo. Hay personajes que han pasado a la historia no por sus actos de heroísmo o de magnanimidad, sino por su abyección o por su influencia negativa en los hechos históricos. En este libro Jorge Luis Borges realiza un compendio de semblanzas y anécdotas sobre personajes infames, entre ellos: Billy The Kid (cuatrero), La viuda Ching (Pirata) y Hakim De Merv (Falso Profeta). Estos sujetos son retratados de manera o ...more
M. Sarki
Apr 16, 2015 M. Sarki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read and much better than some have mentioned in their criticisms. Borges' style is so natural and free. It is as if he is sitting there in front of you, relaxing, relating his story to our sharpening delight.
صفحات كتاب از چوبه دار و مجازات شدگان و تبهكاران و دزدان دريايي انباشته شده و واژه بي عدالتي و شرارت در عنوان كتاب،ترس و هيبت بر مي انگيزد،اما زير اين همه طوفان هيچي و پوچي است.همه اش فقط ظاهر است و براي همين است كه شايد خوانندگان بتوانند از آن لذت ببرند.
Vit Babenco
Oct 14, 2014 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe it is impossible to overvalue Jorge Luis Borges’ influence on the modern intellectual literature – however much we think he did, he did even more.
Similar to sounds, skilfully combined by a composer into a harmonious sequence, turning into melody, simple words, cunningly used by an adroit author, turn into intellectual music.
“The runaway expected his freedom. Lazarus Morell’s shadowy mulattoes would give out an order among themselves that was sometimes barely more than a nod of the head
Jimmy Ele
Feb 24, 2017 Jimmy Ele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Loved it.
Es imposible que le de a Borges menos de 5 estrellas. Sus libros han llenado mi mundo de magia y enigmas siempre y cada una de las veces que los leo. Este, sin embargo, es otro de mis favoritos. Borges siempre será el mejor (para mí)
Dec 25, 2012 Miquixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently the term "magical realism" movement began here.
Original real criminal stories altered.
But Borges himself criticizes it: "when art flaunts and squanders its resources"; "the irresponsible sport of a shy sort of man who could not bring himself to write short stories, and so amused himself by changing and distorting (sometimes without aesthetic justification) the stories of other men"; "under all the storm and lightning, there is nothing."

My first Borges read, i really liked it even if h
Jan 31, 2017 Taha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evrenin çeşitli yerlerinden yaşanan alçaklığı büyülü gerçekçilikle güzel harmanlıyor Borges. Post-Modern izlerini fazlasıyla hissettiriyor.
Feb 20, 2017 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So che questa è la sua prima raccolta, ma preferisco il Borges onirico, surreale e ferocemente ironico di Finzioni e L'Aleph.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 02, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jayaprakash by:
Another re-read. Young Borges working his way toward fiction by playing with fact. Perfidious individuals from history and legend stride through the pages of this slim book, spreading death and fear across 4 continents before coming to, for the most part, sticky ends. A great preamble to a unique body of work, but don't let this be your first or only Borges.
Justin Evans
Mar 07, 2013 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I somehow managed to get a BA with a focus on comparative literature and continental philosophy and then a PhD with a focus on twentieth century literature without reading any Borges. How did that happen? Well, any time I tried to read South American 'magical realist' literature I broke out in hives of boredom, and I thought maybe Borges was to blame; in addition, I thought, and still think, that Borges might be responsible in part for recent developments in the anglo-american literature of conc ...more
این کتاب انگار نوشتنش برای بورخس تمرین بوده، خوندنش هم تمرینیه. مسابقه تو کتابهای دیگهاش اتفاق میافته. ...more
Mariel Zani Begoña
Muy bueno. Definitivamente seguiré leyendo a Borges

Really good. I will definitely continue reading this author
Tiago Diogo
Aug 26, 2015 Tiago Diogo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um Mundo de bandidos. Bandidos poéticos com muito swag.
Feb 19, 2017 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-contos, n-argentina, e1
Gosto muito de Borges. Mas não sempre.
vi macdonald
Proof that Jorge Luis Borges was the greatest of all writers from right out the gate.
Absolutely stunning work.
Jan 26, 2012 Isil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Her ne kadar bitirmem uzun sürmüş olsa da çok eğlenerek okudum bu kitabı. Dünyanın ve tarihin her tarafından toparlanmış öyküler var bu kitapta. Sudan'dan Arjantin'e, Çin'den İran'a kadar. Aslında büyük ihtimalle gerçekten yaşamış kişilikleri alıp biraz çarpıtarak hikayeleştirmiş.
Esasen Arjantin'deki bir gazetenin pazar ekine yazdığı yazıların toparlanması bu kitap ama zamanında çok ses getirmiş.

Bendeki nüsha İletişim Yayınları 10. baskı. Bunu neden söylüy
Tanuj Solanki
According to Borges, the stories here were meant for nothing graver than light entertainment. But today their chief purpose may well be to provide access to the writer's early dabbling. And yes, there are numerous signs of what was to come. There are mirrors here, and recursive systems, and hoaxes, and some mind-boggling endings too.

Though the stories are straightforward, re-reading provides greater pleasures, as with all Borges. The trivia is that each story was written as contribution to a wee
Jun 19, 2016 Nicolás rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Infamia...maldad, crueldad. El libro tiene una recopilación de hechos y biografías de personajes infames rn la historia de la humanidad, los relatos que más me gustaron, son: "El atroz redentor de Lazaro Morell", "La viuda ching, Pirata", "El asesino desinteresado", "El Espejo de tinta", "El tintorero enmascarado, hákin de merv".
Apr 03, 2015 Aysun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Benim asla böyle cümleler kurmak aklıma gelmezdi dedirten, muhteşem anlatıma sahip yarı kurgu yarı gerçek hikayeler. Hemen Borges'in kronolojik olarak yazılmış 2 kitabını daha sipariş verdim. okurken çok eğlendim çoook.
Daha iyi yazılabileceğine inandığım tarihi-yarı kurmaca biyografiler bütünü.
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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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