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The Mirror of Ink by Jorge Luis Borges
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Jun 16, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-short-stories, _argentinian-lit, 1925-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1999
Read from September 16 to 19, 2011 — I own a copy

The bulk of the Goodreads reviews on this book--a collection of seven Borges stories--seem to be pretty ambivalent. I don't know why: some of these stories are Borges at his best, and his best is mind-blowing. I actually hadn't read much of him in English before this book; most of my experience with him has been in the original Spanish, in and out of academic contexts. I have to say, I do enjoy him a little more in English, simply because while my Spanish reading comprehension is (or was at the time) decent, it isn't really at Borges's level.

Anyway, short version: this is a nice little intro to an author who I think is often both accessible and profound, and to some of his characteristic themes. "The Library of Babel" in particular is a must-read.

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