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The Aleph

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,118 Ratings  ·  670 Reviews
Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges’s most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires gu ...more
Paperback, Modern Classics, 215 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin (first published 1945)
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Bill  Kerwin

A masterful collection by a writer of genius. I believe "The Aleph" is just as good as "Fictions," and "Fictions" is as good as any book of short pieces produced in the 20th Century. If you like paradoxes, puzzles, doppelgangers and labyrinths used as metaphors for the relation of microcosm to macrocosm and the fluid nature of personal identity, then this is the book for you.

These stories are profound, but they are written in such an entertaining traditional narrative style that they might ofte
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Glenn Russell
Feb 13, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I read the work of Jorge Luis Borges I feel like my universe is expanding a thousand-fold. And for good reason - my universe is, in fact, expanding a thousand-fold! This is especially true as I read The Aleph and Other Stories. Such sheer imaginative power. Fantastic! There are nearly fifty stories and brief tales collected here from three Borges books: The Aleph, the Maker and Museum -- and every tale worth reading multiple times.

For the purposes of this review, I will focus on 4 stories,
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Cecily
Anything can drive a person insane if that person cannot manage to put it out of their mind” – even… “a map of Hungary”! Obsession is the unifying theme of virtually all these stories, which is apt, because I’m beginning to be a trifle obsessed myself. It is perhaps most central to The Zahir.

I have the Collected 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 fourth, pu
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Owlseyes
Mar 25, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argentinean-lit

Stevenson, Wells, Twain, Verne,…the Arabian Nights, were some of the references for Borges very early on, back in Argentina. At his father’s library, he read a lot. Then he went to Europe...



Borges: “American, old and a blind poet “ he realized once, later in life. Afterwards he had to live up to it and face old age as a “time of happiness”; the “animal being dead…man and soul go on”.


Borges: “a shy man who longed for oblivion” (“siempre tímido”, as he said of himself); but not shy stories, he
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Poncho
Nov 23, 2015 Poncho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Borges my brain usually feels fried, so excuse all the nonsense inthis review. My intention was never to write anything about it, to let it flow, to carry on with my life. But trust me, after reading this magnificent writer, and specially such writings as the ones collected inEl Aleph, life's never the same. My brain may be fried, but my soul feels somewhat soothed.

Reading him is like facing the Zahir: something that seeds in one's soul a never-ending obsession in life's groundless
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Jason
Jul 01, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You're avoiding a single star, Borges, simply because I try my best not to dish them out. There's little value in reading if one is going to try consider ways to dislike doing it. I love your ideas, but not your executions. Reading through the contents list, I can easily choose five or six stories whose very conception alone excite me(The Immortal, The Zahir, The Writing of The God, The House of Asterion), but you continually bashed me over the head with names, places, dates, literary and histor ...more
Magdalena
Me costó mucho terminar este libro. Tenía ganas de leerlo por decir "ya leí a Borges en algún punto de mi vida", pero realmente fue una lectura algo difícil.

El contexto histórico, fantasioso y en ciertos momentos filosóficos fueron muy abrumantes. Seguramente me pareció eso debido a que venía leyendo estilos y géneros muy distintos al de cuentos fantaseosos con un nivel de profundidad alto (en la mayoría de ellos).

Es el primer libro con el que experimento la convicción de volver a leerlo en ot
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Teresa
May 25, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-contos, n-argentina
"Que o céu exista, mesmo que o nosso lugar seja o inferno."

Há dias (por "culpa" de uma amiga do Goodreads) ouvi uma pequena história de Jorge Luis Borges que me impressionou:
Um dia, junto das pirâmides do Egipto, Borges apanhou um punhado de areia, largou-o mais à frente e disse: "Estou a modificar o deserto.
...e, através da sua escrita, modifica a mente de quem o lê...

Dos dezassete contos, incluídos neste livro, não gostei muito da maior parte deles. Ou porque não os compreendi (perdida em l
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Florencia
I know why I didn't write a review. I wrote several reviews about Borges' books and I got tired of saying how amazing this writer was. Is. Will always be. This is one of the greatest short stories collections I've ever read. There are ordinary situations combined with magical events, sometimes very subtle, sometimes not. But it's there. And they're all beautifully written. Stories like "El Inmortal", "Emma Zunz", "La casa de Asterión" or "Los teólogos" are outstanding pieces of literary work tha ...more
Ginny_1807
Oct 10, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Immenso Borges

Se leggendo “Finzioni” non si può fare a meno di ammirare Borges per l’originalità inventiva e il geniale virtuosismo, leggendo “L’Aleph” si impara ad amarlo incondizionatamente. O almeno a me è successo così.
A chi si accostasse per la prima volta a questo scrittore, consiglierei pertanto di iniziarne la conoscenza da quest’opera, che a mio avviso ne rivela più intensamente ed esaustivamente le eccezionali qualità narrative e il singolarissimo profilo intellettuale.
Ciascuno dei d
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Salma
Mar 13, 2011 Salma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأتها قبل عامين
و هذا ما كتبته حينها
مجموعة قصص قصيرة لـ بورخيس...0
ليست قراءته سهلة... فهذا الإنسان موسوعي جدا و كأنه مطلع على كافة الثقافات و الأديان و الأساطير في الأرض... كثرة الأسماء و التداعيات جعلتني أتوه... و حُقَّ لي أن أتوه و هو أبو المتاهات و التوهان... فقصصه تدور بمعظمها حول المتاهة واللانهائية و الدور و الشك و اللامنطقية... فمثلا كيف لنقطة أن تحتوي كل الزمان و المكان و كل شيء بوقت واحد لا متعاقب...0
طبعا ليس من داع لأقول أن لم تكن كل القصص على سوية واحدة و أن فكرته كثيرا ما كان يعيدها
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Vit Babenco
Dec 15, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Our twentieth century had inverted the story of Mohammed and the mountain; nowadays, the mountain came to the modern Mohammed.”
Isn’t it about the modern mass media?
“‘When I opened my eyes, I saw the Aleph.’ ‘The Aleph?’ ‘Yes, the only place on earth where all places are – seen from every angle, each standing clear, without any confusion or blending.’”
As The Aleph is a locus of the entire world so the stories by Jorge Luis Borges are the epitome of the entire intellectual universe.
“His guiding p
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29alabs
Jun 05, 2011 29alabs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Aleph es una colección de cuentos (de ficción, la mayor parte) recopilada, si no me falla, por el mismo Borges, donde se exploran diversos temas que pasan por la inmortalidad y su opuesto, la divinidad, el significado de dios y todo esto lo conjunta con la metafísica, teología, filosofía y estoy seguro que hasta algo de metaliteratura hay por allí.

Y hay varios cuentos en la colección que me dejaron muy buena impresión, El Inmortal paso a ser uno que recomendaría sin dudas, El Aleph es probabl
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Jerry
Mar 06, 2008 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want a great description of what it's like to look at the World Wide Web through a browser for the first time? Read the long beautiful paragraph in which Borges describes his first look into the Aleph.

I keep coming back to these stories and those in Labyrinths. Borges captures so much, so quickly.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

In its beginning and in its end are thoughts of a woman. Then there is a sudden, plaintive cry in the middle about her with the author identifying himself.

The beginning:


"On the incandescent February morning Beatriz Viterbo died, after a death agony so imperious it did not for a moment descend into sentimentalism or fear, I noticed that the iron billboards in the Plaza Constitucion bore new advertisements for some brand or other of Virginia tobacco; I was saddened by this fact, for it made me rea
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Olivia
Nov 07, 2012 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on a shelf at a library two days ago. The name of the author sounded familiar, but I did not know from where. I picked it up and opened it on a random page, which happened to be the first page of the short story "The House of Asterión".

It was one of the most stunning things I had ever read. Needless to say, I brought The Aleph home with me that day.

Since then I've been reading. It would be a lie to say I understood everything, that I caught every reference. Maybe that even ad
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Dolmar
Aug 06, 2015 Dolmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argentina
Acabo de terminar el primer cuento: El inmortal. Sólo con éste, El Aleph merece 5 estrellas, porque no es posible poner 10. ¡Es impresionante!

Si lo que me espera me maravilla de igual forma, entonces me uno a todos aquellos que catalogan a Borges como un escritor fuera de serie. ¡Sin duda!

No hay comentario porque para entenderlo mejor (le tenía terror, como le sigo teniendo a Ulises, de Joyce) consulto la monografía

http://www.apocatastasis.com/jorge-lu...

Esta página ha desaparecido. La monografí
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Olethros
Aug 13, 2015 Olethros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Diferente, interesante, atractivo y generador de tendencias incluso en la actualidad.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de relatos (el autor prefería la palabra cuentos, así que respetemos eso) de Borges, que nos llevarán desde el hallazgo de un objeto increíble hasta conocer los recuerdos de un inmortal, pasando por los pensamientos de un peculiar protagonista en su todavía más peculiar hogar o un juicio en el Punjab, entre otras tramas.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoile
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Rafa
Jun 06, 2012 Rafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De haber un solo libro que fuera este.
Vanita
Mar 01, 2015 Vanita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pode ser encarado como humildade, ignorância ou até alguma preguiça. A verdade é que há muito queria introduzir Jorge Luís Borges nas minhas leituras e fiquei radiante quando me ofereceram "O Aleph" no Natal. A certeza de que iria conhecer um mundo novo e entrar nos meandros que deram origem ao realismo mágico, o mesmo que serve de mote a um dos melhores livros de sempre - "Cem Anos de Solidão", de Gabriel Garcia Marques - lançou-me neste livro de contos com tanto entusiasmo, que acabei por esba ...more
Giacomo Boccardo
È la raccolta di 17 racconti dello scrittore argentino Jorge Luis Borges.

Purtroppo lo stile con cui sono scritti, ma anche il contenuto degli stessi, ha fatto sì che le parole mi entrassero da un occhio e mi uscissero dall'altro, anche contemporaneamente ( ? ). Mi è chiaro che vi siano innumerevoli riferimenti ad altre opere, ma bisogna avere una cultura accademica per comprenderli tutti, o almeno per intuirli. Inoltre, sono troppo razionale per poter apprezzare il salto continuo tra realtà e fi
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Fernanda
Eternidad. Esto es lo que fue. El libro es tan denso, sus lecturas tan pesadas que es difícil mantener el ritmo, es difícil, si no un suplicio, leer dos cuentos al mismo tiempo. Las historias son tan cortas y el libro tan pequeño, que es sorprendente la cantidad de tiempo que me tomó terminarlo.

El libro es bueno. Los temas son poderosos, espirituales, más allá de lo evidente. Son lecturas bien pensadas y escritas limpiamente. Son la clase de historias que alguien muy espiritual guardaría como t
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arcobaleno
Ci ho provato e riprovato. Ogni volta mi impegnavo a leggerne un pezzetto in più, ma ogni volta mi ritrovavo con un testo cervellotico, artificioso e saccente, che faticavo ad afferrare; anzi, mi infastidiva. E ogni volta mi sentivo come quel rudimentale troglodita del primo racconto, tuttavia priva di immortalità.
L’ho ripreso infine da poco, quando ho scoperto su GR un gruppo di lettura che aveva scelto proprio "L’Aleph” per il mese di dicembre.
Sono rimasta dietro le quinte in attesa, e anche
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Leo Walsh
Apr 24, 2013 Leo Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Numbering Joyce, Faulkner and Pynchon among my favorite fiction writers, I was a little shocked when I first stumbled upon Borges. At first, I thought he would be ponderous and, at first, difficult to approach. Especially given his reputation as a writer whose fantastic elements which presaged Magical Realism.

Boy was I wrong.

Borges is a rare writer who can use simple language to suggest things of great import. And, he does this in what is, in essence, my least favorite form of fiction: the short
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Philippe Malzieu
To like borges, is to like books, labyrinths and the enigmas. There is this elegant erudition which brings back us to essential. The world is a library, that of Buenos Aires.
My preferred short novel is the immortality. A conqueror like Alexandre intended to speak of people which draw his immortality from the river which crosses their city. He spend a long time to find them. This is a big deception. These people live as animals the river is a dirty brook.
The conqueror drinks water of the brook.
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Jana
Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south, fiction
The right question is: when is somebody ready to read Borges? Two stars only but only because I wasn't at all and I wanted to be so badly.
Stand By Me
Mar 09, 2016 Stand By Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All'interno di questa raccolta ogni storia oltre a racchiudere un universo a sè stante, riesce a contenere almeno una parte della grande sapienza di Borges.
L'Aleph è un insieme di racconti fantastici, che dimostrano la grande capacità dell'autore di fondere la finzione e la realtà, lasciando il lettore in un apparente stato di sbalordimento.
Sono storie brevi estremamente colte, ricche di riferimenti a testi e autori tutt'altro che noti. Sono storie religiose, orientali, mitologiche, esoteriche,
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Nuno Ribeiro
Este era o livro de Borges que eu mais queria ler. Tem sido óptimo isto a que me propús: quero ler tudo o que encontrar deste autor. Até agora, curiosamente, ainda não li nada que gostasse mais do que do Ficções, e já li mais uma mão cheia de livros. Do que li, deu para ficar com uma ideia da escrita dele. Infelizmente, o meu castelhano não é suficiente para eu tirar grande partido da leitura no original. Tenho lido traduções, algumas muito boas. É uma língua suficientemente semelhante ao portug ...more
Jale
Sep 01, 2015 Jale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borges'in fantastik öyküler kitabı. Ölümsüzlük, büyülü paralar, zamansızlık.
Latince kısımların çevrilmemesinin mantığını anlayamadım, ama Twitter'dan ettiğim sitem sonrası yeni baskısında bu hatanın giderileceği cevabını aldım. Ve incelik olarak da basıldığında göndereceklerini ilettiler.

Bir gün ya da bir gece -benim günlerimle gecelerim arasında ne ayrım olabilir ki?- zindanın zemininde bir kum tanesi gördüm düşümde. Önemsemedim, yine uyudum, düşümde uyandığımda, zeminde iki kum tanesi vardı.
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Pickle
Nov 09, 2009 Pickle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trippy in the best, Borgesian sense. One of my favorites is "The Zahir," about a coin the narrator can't stop thinking about (this happenned to me once with the Redwall books when I was much younger: I found myself unable to stop thinking about the picture of Cluny the Scourge on the Redwall paperback cover, and I FREAKED out thinking that it would be the only thing I would think about for the rest of my life!! Thankfully, that didn't happen... until now...*ominous music*). "The Immortals" is ab ...more
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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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