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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47  ·  rating details  ·  15,666 ratings  ·  734 reviews
If Jorge Luis Borges had been a computer scientist, he probably would have invented hypertext & the World Wide Web. Instead, being a librarian & one of the world's most widely read people, he became the leading practitioner of a densely layered imaginistic writing style that has been imitated throughout this century, but has no peer (tho Umberto Eco sometimes comes...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Fischer (Frankfurt) (first published January 1st 1962)
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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
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...more
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...more
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
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
Huda Yahya
للتحميل


المرايا والمتاهات
خورخي لويس بورخيس

للتحميل عبر هذا الرابط

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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
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...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
E
Why hasn't anyone smacked me over the head with a copy and said, "Read this, dummy"? I want to live in his brain.
Praveen
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
John
Sep 06, 2008 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
MJ Nicholls
Nov 15, 2012 MJ Nicholls marked it as sampled  ·  review of another edition
Read 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 others in the first 125pp. Felt at times like difficult math(s) homework or taking a primer in logical philosophy, and the dusty archaism of his references made the stories feel like relics from the 18thC. Otherwise, these were engaging fables and parodic essays with shades of that postmodern hall-of-mirrors trickery so beloved by m...more
Zorena
Sep 07, 2013 Zorena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Timmy
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
Erik Graff
Dec 27, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Steinfels, Mike 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
Mike Lester
I first encountered Borges as a young boy. I must have been 11 or 12. His name kept appearing in interviews with writers I was interested in, always popping up here and there like some kind of signpost pointing out a path I had yet to wander along. Borges. I was too young to really know how to pronounce the name, and thus it became a kind of magic word, like abracadabra. The way in which others talked about his work only enhanced this, adding mystery upon mystery. One woman I talked to described...more
miaaa
Nov 29, 2008 miaaa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Ronny, Lamya
Shelves: fictions-others
My first encounter with Borges was amazing. I looked into this great author from the eyes of Luis Fernando Verissimo. He idolised Borges, immortalised him in Borges and the Eternal Orangutan. Now that I met him on my own, I was in a nervous state and thinking of what should I do?! It's like a good friend of mine who was dumbfounded, not even able to say a single word when her idol -Bre Redana- stood next to her and talked to her.

And so I stood at the main entrance to Borges's Labyrinths. Think a...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...more
Kristi Thompson
The sorts of bizarre little stories I'd rejoice over if I found them in isolation, but all of them together was a bit much. Very intellectual, rational, a lot of work to read. Puzzle-box stories. Not just puzzles-- the puzzle-box idea conjures up something of the very abstract, esoteric flavour: pure intellect.

I didn't quite solve the puzzles, though, at least I think I'm missing things. The first story, for example, with its initial discursion on stories hiding another layer of reality undernea...more
Brian
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
j. ergo
Many people will say Ficciones. Others will say The Aleph is their favorite work by Borges. You could hardly go wrong either way. For my money though, it has always been Labyrinths. Perhaps it is because it was my introduction to him. Perhaps I am just correct. Those things do not matter. The only thing that does is that you read this book and everything else the man ever wrote. I suppose he's not for everyone. But he absolutely should be. The truth is, you can talk about his writing with others...more
Taha rabbani
شعرهای کتاب را نخواندم، همین طور مقاله‌ی هوشنگ گلشیری را، که به نظرم رسید نام گلشیری بیش از آن بر مقاله سنگینی می‌کند که بتواند بازتاب‌دهنده‌ی بورخس باشد.
داستان‌های ابتدایی کتاب من را گرفت در حالی که داستان‌های انتهایی، حسی شبیه به کتاب الف به من می‌داد و همان طور که در توضیحاتِ هنگام خواندن نوشته‌ام، کتاب الف را دوست نداشته‌ام. مطمئن نیستم که این امر به خاطر کیفیت خود داستان‌ها بوده باشد، شاید شهوت تمام کردن کتاب و اضافه کردن آن به آمار کتاب‌های خوانده‌شده‌ام باعث شده که چندان غرق فضای داستان‌...more
Kelly
I thought I would love this book, but it ended up being so inaccessible. I can see how it would really speak to someone who has studied the intricacies of the historical or literary subjects Borges covers, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. Maybe I didn't try hard enough.
Amanda
This book is incredibly difficult, especially in the beginning. I had to read the first story, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," three times, and to be honest, I still don't quite grasp it. Borges is smart, creative and seems to inhabit a world quite unlike the one with which we are most familiar. He plays with the concept of language, not to mention our ideas of self, God, and pretty much everything else. I tend to read incredibly fast, and this short little book took me almost a month to finish.

D...more
Amy
Reading Borges is a little like taking your vitamins. I know he's probably good for you, important and influential to literature, but his stories don't always make for the most enjoyable reads. However, I'm proud of myself for finishing this and am glad that I have some knowledge of what he's about.

The fiction in Labyrinths is full of academia surrounding religious myth, science, history, conspiracy theories, Cervantes, etc. It's possible that one could read some stories and be unaware that they...more
Tariq Alferis


.يسمي بورخيس الحكاية خرافة فيقول على لسان بطل قصته ( لقد غدا من الشائع اليوم التأكيد على أن كل خرافة خارقة هي خرافة حقيقية ، و مع ذلك فخرافتي حقيقية )



بعض القصص كانت مدهشة ، وبعضها تركتني حائرا ، اعتقد فاتني الكثير في المضمون بعض القصص ، اعتقد ان السبب يرجع لترجمة ، لانه القصص ليست قصص عادية بل ذات بعد فلسفي مميز .اسلوب بورخيس ذكي جدا .تجربة اولي معه واعتقد لن تكون بداية ممتعة .


من اجمل القصص كانت مكتبة بابل "وصف الكون كآنه مكتبة كبيرة يعيذ الي الاذهان صورة السريالية .

في نهاية في الملحق الاخير "بو
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brian
just give everything with the name 'borges' five stars. immediately.
Nawel
Mar 03, 2013 Nawel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a love of literature should get to know Borges
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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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