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La primera parte, El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan (1941), reune el relato policial del mismo nombre, dos notas sobre libros imaginarios: Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius Y Examen de la obra de Herbert Quain, y cuatro cuentos de indole fantastica: Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote, Las ruinas circulares, La loteria de Babel.En la segunda parte, Artificios (1944), se incluyen ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Planeta Publishing (first published 1944)
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mark monday
Borges looked inside the swirling mind of man and made a maze of it. A glorious maze! The maze that is Ficciones is a maze built of mazes, one opening unto another, circling around and looping back, an infinity of mazes, small as the smallest of small minds, large as the universe can be imagined. Its architecture is delicate and refined; the wry wit of its creator is apparent in every twist and turn. Borges' maze gently mocks yet empathizes with the self-important, the self-absorbed, and the sel ...more
Reading Borges is always a challenge. When you read his stories, it seems you are reading everyone else's. There is a lot of references in his work, and if you want to truly (kind of) understand it (or begin to), you have to do a little research. He ends up being an invaluable teacher.
Labyrinths, mirrors, libraries, dreams, fantasy, religion, philosophy, epistemology. My love for philosophical literature began with this author.
My all-time favorite story is “Las Ruinas Circulares”; the power of
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I'm upping my rating: 4.5 stars, rounding up! I reread several of these stories (some of them for a third time) while I was writing my final review for Fantasy Literature, and they keep impressing me more ... for the most part. My literary friends will be so proud of me! :D So here's the full review, where you can follow along with the journey of myself and my (severely challenged, but ultimately edified) brain cells ...
Ficciones is a classic collection of seventeen short stories by acclaimed Ar
Mar 22, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
              Infinity         Sophistry             Penumbra
          Symbolic               LABYRINTH                 Heresiarch
              Prefigured         Philology             Nihilism
                                        Maze             Allegorical

This may not be the prettiest word cloud ever constructed, but I think it’s a fair representation of the Ficciones experience. Much of the time spent trying to solve the stories’ puzzles
Glenn Russell
Nov 29, 2013 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Even as a child, the Argentinian master storyteller Jorge Luis Borges lived among books and various languages -- myths, legends and literature from many civilizations and cultures: Spanish, Chinese, Persian, Nordic, to name just a few. His greatest childhood memory was his father's library; he was reading Shakespeare in English before the age of twelve; by the time he was an adult, Borges turned his mind into one vast library.

Borges did not write long, involved novels like David Copperfield, The
Jun 29, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The peer pressure from my intellectually superior friends finally shamed me into reading this (as I had no Borges under my belt). Obviously from the 5 stars, I'm glad I caved in. This is a collection of 17 of his "best" short stories, held together merely by the thread that they are like nothing else you've ever read or even thought about.

Not every story is perfection, but all are surprising, irritating, challenging and somehow rewarding. Standouts are "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote" - a
“Blind to all fault, destiny can be ruthless at one's slightest distraction.”
Reading Jorge Luis Borges is a bewildering experience and a challenge all in one. There is no logically understanding the mazes Borges creates, but that is what fantastical-realism is all about. Ficciones is a labyrinth, beautiful and witty, of ideas and feelings that mock and conquers the reader.

Borges can speak for himself, who am I to explain his brilliance and imagination?
“When it was proclaimed that the Library
Vit Babenco
Apr 12, 2013 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges is the ultimate anthology of short stories… I find in it everything I ever want to find in literature: reality and surrealness, fables and parables, legends and myths, mysticism and philosophy, history and fantasy and an endless enigma.
“I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. The mirror troubled the far end of a hallway in a large country house on Calle Gaona, in Ramos Mejia; the encyclopedia is misleadingly titled The
Jan 09, 2009 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todavía no supero este libro. Creo, el mejor de todos los libros de cuentos Borgianos. Todavía no supero que los habitantes de tlön no crean en el espacio y su lenguaje este compuesto de una sucesión infinita de verbos. Todavía no supero la concepción de un empresa como la Pierre Menard, que buscas escribir el Quijote, me rindo a ayudarle en lo que pueda. Todavía no supero la daga, ni los laberintos, ni los tigres, ni el sur, ni las bibliotecas, ni al otro...

Todavía no supero a Borges.
May 14, 2015 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #12 A book of short stories.

Beautifully written, addictive, but complicated must of the time. Definitely worth reading. The stories cover a wide range of topics in an exquisite form.

Para lo corto del libro se tarda uno en leerlo. Borges escribe muy lindo pero hay algo en estas historias que me hacían sentir intimidada, no se que fue.

Los temas que tratan son muy variados, así que seguro hay alguno para ti. Las que a mi mas me gustaron fueron: Tlön, Uqbar,
PGR Nair
Feb 08, 2015 PGR Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
( Note: This is an article I wrote in 2009 to mark the 110th birth Anniversary of Borges. Therefore, some of the stories I cite here may not belong to this collection. I thought to post it here as this book is the most cited. If you plan to buy a book of Borges, buy this one or Labyrinth and other stories as both contain the same set of stories and translators. His best translators are Norman Thomas di Giovanni and Anthony Kerrigan . Stay away from the translator Andrew Hurley)

Steven  Godin
3.5 -
There can be at times circumstances that effect your thoughts on what's being read. Or even just the way that you read it. This is one of those very occasion where I will undoubtedly benefit reading again. It's clear to see why Jorge Luis Borges is regarded as one of the 20th century's most inventive writers, and Ficciones is a collection of small stories that are on a grand scale, but my overall problem was going through three or four at a time and finding them hard to digest, jumping fro
Jul 28, 2012 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'd tried to read Labyrinths years ago and found it dry and dull. I thought that perhaps I just wasn't in the proper state of mind, or perhaps wasn't well read enough to get it. I'd also come off of a Calvino kick, so Borges felt boring. Fast forward to me thinking that I really should commit to Borges and give him a real chance.

I have to say that hard a hard time with this book. I only really like one story The Babylonian Lottery with The Circular Ruins, The Library of Babel, The Garden of
Franco  Santos
Apr 25, 2014 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si alguien me preguntara quién es el autor con la mejor prosa que he leído, sin lugar a dudas contestaría Jorge Luis Borges. Cada uno de sus cuentos explota en lírica y bucea por existencias sutilmente cambiadas que te ofuscan en un mundo aparentemente conocido en el cual una magia utópica y soñadora es realidad.

¿Es pesado? Sí.
¿Algunos cuentos, por no decir la mayoría, son casi incomprensibles? También: Borges nos ultraja nuestra capacidad de intelección. Aunque si después buscan su significado
May 27, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I owe the discovery of El Matrero to Harper Lee. Five years ago I was spending the evening with my friend Renaldo Compostella, and, as was often the way, literature was our main topic of conversation. Renaldo, who always, or certainly more than I, kept an eye on forthcoming releases and bookish news, happened to mention the scheduled publication of a new novel by Harper Lee, the American authoress famous for To Kill a Mockingbird. The ensuing discussion was notable not for what we had to say abo ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Dolors rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dolors by: Lovers of Puzzles
Shelves: read-in-2013
“You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?” Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”

Even though I read Borges’s “Collected Fictions” in Spanish, my native tongue, I have to confess I didn’t understand half of it. Presumptuous of me to think I would. Famous for being the founder of postmodernist literature and influenced by the work of fantasists such Edgar Allan Poe and Franz Kafka, whom I adore, I was naive enough to assume I would be able to untangle Borges’s labyrinthin
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 08, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tata J (no one else among my friends can enjoy this book)
For me, reading has always been like connecting your brain to that of the book's author. Since January of this year, I have already finished 100 books and I never had experienced delving into a mind as scintillating as that of Jorge Luis Borges, the Spanish author of this strangely amazing (or amazingly strange) book - FICCIONES which means FICTIONS.

To understand the book, you really have to slow down and reflect on each phrase. It is different from reading Salman Rushdie who I find confusing be
This collection of short stories is a great introduction to Borges' fictional universe. At times his stories read like a non-fiction article or book review, but Borges sort of sneaks up on you and gives a tug at your conception of what constitutes real versus imaginary.

I would say that some of the stories are more engaging than others, but that's just a matter of personal interest. They are all worth reading, and recommended, especially to those who enjoy magic realism, fantasy, and sci-fi books
The Garden of Forking Paths (1941)

--Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
--The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
--Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
--The Circular Ruins
--The Lottery in Babylon
--A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain
--The Library of Babel
--The Garden of Forking Paths

Artifices (1944)

--Funes, His Memory
--The Shape of the Sword
--The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
--Death and the Compass
--The Secret Miracle
--Three Versions of Judas
--The End
--The Cult of the Phoenix
--The South

M. Sarki

As I was reading these stories, these ficciones, I was wondering where I might have heard this Borges voice before. And as I read it seemed to me that each story was important in its own rank as if derived from a serious study of an ancient text or the pouring over of history books detailing in no small measure the accounts that made up the results of whatever was being set forth. Of course, because the original Ficciones were written in Spanish and then t
I shouldn't write a review for this, much less assign stars to it (which I might not do by the time I'm finished writing). My GR friend Dolors has said it already, and so eloquently, too (here's Dolor's review), especially in her penultimate paragraph, its last sentence reminding me of Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, which I loved. None of the star rankings are applicable for me, though of course I recognize the work's brilliance and that it deserves 5 stars: I just don't thin ...more
MJ Nicholls
The all-stars from this collection—‘The Library of Babel,’ ‘Pierre Manard—Author of Don Quixote’, ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ and ‘Death and the Compass’, and so on comprise some of the finest and first pangs of the postmodern in book form. Reading the Sainted Borges feels at times like difficult math(s) homework or taking a primer in logical philosophy, and the dusty archaism of his references can make the stories feel like relics from the 18thC (both a plus and a minus), otherwise, the engag ...more
Leo Robertson
Dec 15, 2012 Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, spanish
Re-read during work breaks :)

The best Spanish language author I have found so far.

"The Library of Babel" is the clear winner for me, and reveals Borges' power to engage the imagination to create such fantastical imagery, despite our knowledge of how few pages the image will last...

This unreal collection will subvert the normal, entrance, seduce and open your eyes to a labyrinth of chaos.
Roy Lotz
17 August, 1967: I just finished Ficciones today. I also received it today. That is, today, three weeks ago; I mean, three weeks ago, today. (Three groups of seven, totaling twenty-one; or, in Arabic numerals, 3 x 7 = 21.)

I read the book once a day, for each of the days since receiving it. (A total of twenty-one times; 21/1 = 21.) The first week, I read the book in a different mood per day. I started off neutral. The next day, I recalled annoying instances from my past to put myself in an angry
Jun 18, 2015 Poncho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiction and reality intertwine into a set of metafictional vastly little masterpieces, written in a very crafty and elegant way. A set, because all of them are, though indirectly, related to each other by their core, which is eternity. Vastly little masterpieces, because (here I speak for myself) even when I am not that fond of short stories, since they usually leave me in want of more, Borges's suit so well: they are neither too much nor too little; each word fits perfectly and are enough to le ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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E’ difficilissimo commentare questo libro. La maggior parte dei lettori lo definisce un capolavoro assoluto, un “classico contemporaneo”. Per me è stata una lettura assai complessa. Borges è uno scrittore per un lettore “erudito” –che non sono io-. Mi mancano le conoscenze letterarie di base per capirlo a fondo. E così scrivo di quel poco che sono riuscita a comprendere.
Innanzitutto il titolo: andando avanti con la lettura ho capito il perché del titolo. Finzioni significa astrazione dalla realt
May 17, 2011 Sue marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first story I felt I might not be quite brilliant enough to read Borges works though I was able to appreciate the story itself. After trying to work my way through the next two stories, I felt these were obscure and abstruse. I don't have the time or patience to devote to the detailed reading which is apparently required in order to fully comprehend them or follow the inner workings. I tried one more but then realized I have shelves full of books and libraries also available to ...more
Este livro fez-me sentir com cérebro de pulga. Não sei se gosto disso…
…devo gostar pois, em vez de desistir, li e reli cada conto há média de um por dia e, até ao conto/dia seguinte, ia “ruminando” sobre o seu significado.
No principio, ainda me iludi e convenci-me de que se fosse paciente e persistente iria ficar a entender, minimamente, o universo Borgeano. Qual quê! Quanto mais lia mais me afundava em confusão. Mas, estranhamente, também me sentia cada vez mais enfeitiçada com o livro, quer p
Mohamed Shady
Nov 08, 2015 Mohamed Shady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كالعادة، يقف بورخيس على ضفة نهر واسع بينما نقف نحن على الضفة الاخرى.. يصرخ فينا بصوته الجهوري فلا تصلنا من كلماته إلا قلة.
لكن، كالعادة أيضًا، تكون هذه القلة كافية لنرى بعيدًا بعيدًا.

لا أحد يفهم هذا الرجل.. ليس كل كلامه على الأقل.
لم أفهم من هذه المجموعة سوى 6 قصص، لكن كل قصة كانت بمثابة القبلة على الجبين.

الكتاب الأول في 2016.. خير بداية.
Ficciones: Requires deep knowledge of 19th and 20th century literature and philosophy to fully appreciate
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Before being labelled a Phillistine for not understanding most of this book, let me just head that off by acknowledging it fully. I consider myself quite well-read in the SF & Fantasy genres, but abjectly ignorant of the vast majority of literary classics and classical philosophies. I never read Shopenhauer or Liebnitz, who are mentioned in several s
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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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