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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing

I recall reading an article about the nature of genius. There are two types, claimed the article. The fiery brilliance of youth, like Mozart, and the slow burn of life-long progress, like Pollock. Borges, while certainly exhibiting the intelligence of genius in his early work, didn't reach his full brilliance as a writer until relatively old age. The last two collections of his complete fictions, 'The Book of Sand' and 'Shakespeare's Memory,' are brilliant compared to all things brilliant. While his early works, while profound in their thinking, are essayish, his last stories demonstrate his uncanny thought combined with a mastery of narrative. They are some of the best stories written in any language, and transcend the labels of magical realism and fabulism. Read the whole collection knowing that the best is yet to come.
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