A Universal History of Iniquity
The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell
An amoral entrepreneur charges slave to help t ...more
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...more
I have the Complete Fictions (with copious translator's notes), but am splitting my review of that into its components, 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 awareness of h ...more
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 ...more
But perhaps I've grown tired of writing. Nothing seems to come out of it. Considering the state of belief I am experiencing these days, this is a cause for celebration. A celebration of nothing.
Borges called the stories in this collection "exercise ...more
Curioso: el autor l ...more
Although lower than the stories of The Aleph and Other Stories in A Universal History Of Infamy the Argentine author uses his unique style to tell episodes of real crimes in fictional format, which generated a short book but fun.
For those who like short stories, inclusive, Jorge Luis Borges is an essential, along with Anton Chekhov and Ernest Hemmingway ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Suffice to say that this is his first work, a compendium of fictional criminal chronicle he did for a newspaper. It is entertaining, of course: that is the purpose of such newspaper sections. The great merit of these stories lies not the -quite generic- content ...more
Il che mi fa giungere alla conclusione che si può continuare a scrivere utilizzando gli stessi temi, toni e stile senza perdere di qualità e freschezza. Una declinazione infinita, vecchia e nuova al contempo, del proprio sé di narratore.
Un'idea che sicuramente sarebbe stata cara a Borges stesso.
Lo que más he admirado de Borges desde que lo comencé a leer es su enorme destreza en el recurso de adjetivar creativamente y en Historia universal de la i ...more
Adoro Borges. Dos contistas, ele é um dos meus favoritos – Borges consegue conjugar cotidiano e absurdo e fazer daquilo que temos no dia-a-dia algo a ser visto sempre com novos olhos. É também um autor estilo Barsa, que nos espanta com sua cultura e nos deixa curiosos em buscar suas fontes – o que me faz pensar em Eco e Manguel, ...more
I read it mostly in the days leading up to Christmas, and even though it's a very short book - only some 130-odd pages - it took me a while to read. It just didn't excite me that much and I couldn't see the point of some of it.
I've probably missed something here, but I was hoping that this much praised collection of Borges' early short stories, fictionalised accounts "chronicling the lives of such famous villains as Billy the ...more