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Kuvitteellisten olentojen kirja

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Kuvitteellisten olentojen kirja on Jorge Luis Borgesin kutkuttavan arvoituksellinen teos, joka kokoaa yhteen yli sata outoa olentoa, jotka ihmismieli on kehittänyt historian saatossa.

Borgesin täysin omaa luokkaansa oleva oveluus ja tyyli tekevät tästä outojen olentojen ensyklopediasta hurmaavan sekä aiheensa että kerrontansa tasolla. Kirja on hakuteos kirjallisuudessa ja m
Hardcover, Baabel, 277 pages
Published 2009 by Teos (first published January 1st 1991)
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A fascinating compendium of incredible beasts from world mythology, folklore and fiction. The entries are generally from one to three pages in length. There are illustrations, too, by one Peter Sís; stylish intaglio etchings. The format is that of an encyclopedia with the entries in alphabetical order. My favorite entries include the "Banshees," "The Celestial Cock," "The Chinese Dragon," "The Western Dragon," "The Hydra," "Lilith," "The Golem," "The Unicorn," "The Chinese Unicorn," etc. etc.

Huda Yahya
كدت أجن لأحصل على كتاب ألبرتو مانغويل عن بورخس
فإذ بي أحصل على كتابين معاً

مليون شكر لا تكفي لمن قام برفعه

للمهووسين أمثالي ب بورخس

كتاب المخلوقات الوهمية لبورخس يليه في حضرة بورخس لألبرتو مانغويل

Um dicionário de criaturas lendárias e mitológicas - e de outras criadas por autores como Kafka, Wells, Flaubert - no qual Borges narra as suas origens e características.
Não desfrutei da leitura como esperava porque, além de já conhecer a maioria, não me interessa muito o assunto.
Jun 04, 2007 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nearby bookshelves.
Borges explains at the beginning that the book is not intended to be read through, but opened at random and skimmed. Well, I read it through, and I don't regret it. But that's because I'm interested by very unusual things. Borges has here compiled from what is essentially a set of utterly trivial facts something with meaning. His selection is bizarre, pretty and humorous, and he describes each beast with great variation in tone. The reason for each voice only becomes clear after several beasts a ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Τι διαφορά έχει ο κινέζικος δράκος από τον δράκο της Ευρώπης; Τι είναι το Γκόλεμ; Ποιός ακριβώς είναι ο μηγμυγκολέων και γιατί υπήρχε ένα τέρας σαν την Λερναία Ύδρα;;
Όλα αυτά μπορεί κανείς να τα μάθει στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο του Μπόρχες!!!

Αφάνταστα διασκεδαστικό με χιλιάδες πληροφορίες από όλες τις μυθολογίες του κόσμου. Ο άνθρωπος είχε πολλά βιβλία τα οποία όπως φαίνεται τα "ξεκοκάλιζε"!!!
Ruba AlTurki

إستعراض رائع ومثير للمخلوقات الأسطورية الوهمية التي يرويها بورخيس دون تفصيل، وهو ما أحبطني قليلاً.. يعدد فيها الكثير من المخلوقات المتنوعة التي قد تكون وردت في روايات أو أفلام صادفناها سابقاً، مثل التنين والديك السماوي والفينكس و الجولوم و اليونيكورن و ليليث والهيدرا والعفاريت وغيرها الكثير ...يصف أشكالها ومنافعها وتاريخها الثقافي واللغوي والجغرافي..
سعة اطلاع مدهشة حقاً، ينقص الكتاب بضعة رسومات للكائنات ربما .. أعتقد أن الكتّاب والرسامين أيضاً سيجدون للكتاب ألواناً أكثر وأعمق للمتعة.
يلي هذه المخ
This book is great! Unlike Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Holly Black's Arthur Spiderwick's Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, which provide authoritative portraits of magical creatures in a particular fantasy world, The Book of Imaginary Beings compiles interesting stories and details about a diverse array of imagined beasts, drawing from both Western and Eastern mythologies. Borges's aim is not simply to delight his readers with whimsical stories couched in a sati ...more
Like much of the Borgesian oeuvre, The Book of Imaginary Beings exists on the peripheries of the make-believe. On a certain level, the work does indeed function as an honest-to-goodness encyclopedia—albeit one that deals almost exclusively with the fantastical. But as one might expect, things aren't quite what they seem, and the astute reader should also view the legitimacy—even the sincerity—of its various mythological claims with a grain (or two) of salt.

One of history's most prolific readers,
Ahmad Sharabiani
The book of imaginary beings, Jorge Luis Borges

عنوان یک: «کتاب موجودات خیالی»، اثر: «خورخهلوئیس بورخس»؛ برگردان: «احمد اخوت»، نشر: تهران، شرکت فرهنگی هنری آرست، 1373، در 227 ص.، فروست: مجموعه آرست؛ 15. شناخت؛ 1

عنوان دو: «کتاب موجودات خیالی»، اثر: «خورخهلوئیس بورخس»؛ برگردان: «احمد اخوت»، نشر: تهران، ماهریز، 1380، در 231 ص.، شابک: 9647049994 ؛ چاپ دوم: سال 1388

عنوان سه: «کتاب موجودات خیالی»، اثر: «خورخهلوئیس بورخس»؛ برگردان: «احمد اخوت»، نشر: تهران، ماهریز، 1385، مشخصات ظاهری: 178ص.، مصور؛ انداز
Douglas Summers-Stay
One of my favorite books when I was about 15 was the AD&D Monster Manual, the original one printed in 1977. I read it cover to cover. (Well, I skipped the demons and devils, I was a good kid.) There was something really appealing about a world where everything from ethics (How does Lawful Evil differ from Chaotic Good?) to resistance to poison (saving throws) could be quantified and understood. It was a game, but it was at least as large as real life in what it could describe. The Monster Ma ...more
Это самая настоящая энциклопедия мифологических существ. Акцента на какую-то одну мифологию (древнегреческую, например, к которой я давно прикипела душой) нет, что позволяет попробовать охватить необъятное :) Тем не менее, книга получилась довольно интересной, пояснения и комментарии из различных источников расширили восприятие уже знакомых монстров и прочих вымышленных существ. И уж скучно точно не было!

Форма подачи оказалась крайне удачной: в случае указания первоисточника читателю позволено о
همانطور که در پیشگفتار کتاب آمده،پژوهش درباره موضوع های بی فایده و غریب لذتی کاهلانه در بر دارد.این لذت شامل خواننده ی کتاب هم می شود
ردپای بعضی موجودات خیالیِ معرفی شده در این کتاب، در داستان های بورخس مشهود است.
If you’re a mid- to light-weight fantasy fan, you should stay away from this one. If you resent or are suspicious of the validity of the fantasy genre or just hate it, this is absolutely the book for you. Either way, The Book of Imaginary Beings is a lethal takeout of the intellectual validity of Modern Western Fantasy. I’m talking about Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, all of them flipped over and bellies exposed. Of the three, I’m fondest of Game of Thrones, but less because i ...more
Chad Bearden
This was totally an impulse buy at HalfPrice Books a little bit ago, a short book I thought I could toss off in little snippets as I went to bed each night. I've read Borges in short-story-form, and assumed this odd little beastiary would be similar in tone to his other whimisically-magical realism work.

It wasn't quite what I expected. There is some whimsy in these pages, but it is hidden amidst a series of almost-encyclopedic descriptions of various mythological and legendary creatures from a w
This book has taken me months; in fact, I'm still not quite done with it. But that's how it's meant to be read, I think. A few pages at a time, and then weeks to dream of the beasts you've met. It's written like an encyclopedia for imaginary beings. Every entry is a new creature of fancy, beautiful or terrifying, religious or secular, philosophical of entirely whimsical. The book is written beautifully and simply, although "simple" here means not one word too many- the contents are certainly not ...more
Mika Auramo
Dec 15, 2014 Mika Auramo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: myyttien ja kirjallisuuden hirviöstä kiinnostuneille
Valitettavasti Borgesin keskeneräiseksi jäänyt yritys jäsentää kirjallisuudessa ja eri myyteissä esiintyviä mielikuvitusolentoja hakuteokseksi jää suppeaksi ja hajanaisen epätäydelliseksi.

Ensimmäisen laitoksen esipuheessa kirjailija pyytää apuja muilta, jotta seuraavissa laitoksissa olisi enemmän sisältöjä. Ei voi muuta sanoa, kuin että Wikipediassakin on paljon paremmin määritelty noita taruolentoja ja kattavammin niiden esiintymiset kaunokirjallisuudessa.

Rajaus on aina ongelmallista, enkä oiv
I think the experience of reading this would've been much improved if my edition had illustrations. It's an interesting miscellany, but it really is more of a book to dip in and out of than to read right through. Maybe interesting for reference, particularly if you're a fantasy writer.

I found myself constantly wondering how much of this was Borges' own writing, and how much was quotation/repetition of sources. I think I'll have to read something else to see what I think of Borges' work.
لو أنّ الأسطورة مجرد مُتعة، فإنها أيضًا حميمة وواقعية -نعم واقعية!- مهما كان هذا منافيًا للعقل، وبخصوص العقل فننحيه جانبًا عندما نقرأ عن طائر الرُخ، ومصاصات الدماء، والمُسوخ، والتنين الصيني، والعفاريت، و"ليليث" أول حبيبة لآدم.. وغيره
فهُنا لن أقيّم أساطير بُنيت عليها ثقافات شعوب بأكملها، أتوقف فقط عند طريقة السرد، والتي كانت هُنا مختصرة وواضحة وغير مُطوّله، ومُشبعة لدرجة معقولة
الجزء الثاني من الكتاب هو ما سرده لنا مانغويل عن حياة بورخيس، كما رأتها عينه وعاشرتها حواسته..
عندما يصف حياة بورخيس، عا
I used this book as a reference for a sketchbook project ( Borges' descriptions are beautifully evocative in all kinds of directions and were for me very visual. I actually first looked at this edition because of Peter Sis' spare illustrations, but soon became intrigued by the way my mind created very different images from his mysterious and delicate renderings.

At first I grazed the text, but in the end I read from start to finish and then grazed again.

Ο λόγος που δεν μου άρεσε τόσο ήταν γιατί περίμενα ότι θα διάβαζα κάποιου είδους ιστορίες με πλοκή και όχι ένα εγχειρίδιο φανταστικής ζωολογίας. Αν ταλανίζεστε από απορίες όπως: τι ήταν ο ιππόγρυπας, πόσα κεφάλια είχε η χίμαιρα και τι έτρωγε το φυτικό ελάφι των ταρτάρων, αυτό το βιβλίο θα σας δώσει τις απαντήσεις. Οφειλώ να ομολογήσω πως αυτά τα φανταστικά όντα ασκούν μια ιδιαίτερη γοητεία. Σίγουρα πάντως η προσπάθεια του συγγραφέα να εντοπίσει σε διάφορα κείμενα όλα τα μυθικά πλάσματα που έχουν ...more
Amir Yaghoubi
رودهدرازی نمیکنم:
بورخس نوشته و دائرهالمعارفی دربارهی موجودات افسانهای است.
حديث بورخيس الماتع مع اماكن ومخلوقات اسطورية ، الكتاب يتحدث عن المخلوقات الأسطورية أو الوهمية في ثقافات الشعوب ، لا تأتي بشكل مفصل بل بخفة وبشكل سريع عن المخلوقات وما قيل فيها ، إن كنت من محبي الميثولوجيا بالتأكيد هذا الكتاب اللطيف سيعجبك .
Stephen Curran
A book forever filed under 'fiction', but not a work of fiction at all. It's a cryptozoological compendium; an encyclopaedia.

For what is essentially a scholarly work, it's passably entertaining, and many of the stories it relates are pleasingly strange. For example, in the entry on 'Animals in the Form of Spheres' we discover that Origen, the 3rd century scholar, believed that the blessed would come back to life in the form of balls and roll into heaven. Then there is the Anglo-Saxon belief that
A very enjoyable tour of some of the imaginary animals (and occasionally, plants) that have been invented around the world and across time. The sources for these beings range in time from The Epic of Gilgamesh (the oldest work of literature we know of) right up to C.S. Lewis and Franz Kafka. The beings mostly come to us from Europe and east Asia, but there are some from other continents as well.

Borges shows off an incredible scope of reading, and his wit is even more clearly expressed here than
I'm writing to you from the cruise ship I am on, currently on the way back from Alaska to Vancouver. Alaska was a fantastic choice for a honeymoon and during a free moment/breather from practising procreation, I happened to stumble upon the ship's library and for some reason my eye landed on this book. Maybe because I have always heard people talk about Borges in such admiring tones.

Well this might be a rather unusual if not atypical introduction to Borges, but what an absolutely fascinating boo
This is quite the interesting little bestiary. I did expect it to be riveting even in its logbook treatment of mythologies, since that's what I like, but it definitely was not riveting. It's a fun read to have before bed, reading a few entries before shutting off the lights. I learned of a great many creatures of the human brain that I did not know about before, and in that especially, this book does its job. If you're looking for something in-depth though, this isn't it. It's a great book to ge ...more
This book turned out to be way too wonderful a creation, I must have it to myself so I have a chance to go back to it, to fondle its soft pages over and over again. Jorge Luis Borges has done remarkable job on collecting and interpreting old-ass myths and mythical beings, monsters, smaller gods and creatures all the same. What makes this even more remarkable in my eyes is that it was written in the Time Before Google, and since there's a ridiculous amount of literary sources, I can only imagine ...more
We are all familiar with the traditional vehicles God has used to spread the gospel. For instance there are stone tablets (written word - The Ten Commandments). There is the old and new testaments (written word – perhaps an anthology written over time authored by several individuals). And, to my surprise after learning about it from Borges, we have the world around us (the world’s beasts and nature in general which hold a hidden “text” from above which we are intended to “read” as we would any o ...more
An encyclopedia of animals that have been spoken of, at one time or another, over the last three thousand years, but do not exist. Andrew Hurley, who translated it into English, provided this end note (1999, revised 2004): "What a wonderful philosophical and aesthetic, if somewhat private, joke – producing a book of fiction (or fictions) that is organized alphabetically, like a reference work! is an interrogation as much as an exemplification of the work of the human confro ...more
Di solito questi cataloghi di esseri mitici e immaginari si assomigliano un po' tutti: nome della creatura, descrizione, miti e folklore che la riguardano, citazione di fonti. Sempre molto interessanti, per carità, ma un filo monotoni a mano a mano che le voci scorrono.

Borges, invece, è stato capace di creare un catalogo di esseri immaginari che sembra una raccolta di storie, quasi come se fossero state create di suo pugno. I suoi commenti, amalgamati alla descrizione della creatura, impreziosis
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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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