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Los siete relatos que forman "Historia universal de la infamia" extraen biografías у anécdotas de diversas realidades culturales у geográficas para transmutarlas, por obra de una voluntad alegórica у una expresión barroca, en sustancia propiamente literaria. El volumen incluye "Hombre de la Esquina Rosada", una de las piezas más celebradas de Borges, у "Etcétera", seis not ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 28th 1999 by Alianza Editorial (first published 1935)
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Glenn Russell
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


From his early years the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges lived among books and languages, classical literature from many civilizations and cultures: Chinese, Persian, Nordic, Spanish, to name several. His greatest childhood memory was his father's library; he was reading Shakespeare in English at age 11; by the time he was an adult, Borges turned his mind into one vast library. Therefore, it is a bit ironic this bookish man chose to write an entire collection of tales about men of sheer act
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Mike Puma
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Cecily
"Reading... is an activity subsequent to writing - more resigned, more civil, more intellectual" (the closing words to the preface of the first edition).

I have the Complete 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 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 awarene
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."

Oscar Wilde


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
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Luís C.
Most of the stories that make up the Universal History of Infamy (an intentionally emphatic title) are imaginary biographies of historical figures such as Billy the Kid, Monk Eastman Gang leader or pseudo-Muslim prophet Hakim al-Moqannâ.
Under the apparent grandiloquence hiding in fact humble and pleasant stories. They are almost all written in the same style, abusing long enumerations and pompous and superfluous adjectives. A style that Borges describes in the prologue of baroque. Their about ot
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Carla
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talvez pelo fascínio que o Velho Oeste sempre exerceu sobre mim, o relato que mais me marcou destas universais e infamantes histórias de Borges, tenha sido "O assassino desinteressado Bill Harrigan", breve narração da atribulada e breve vida de Billy the Kid, morto aos 21 anos pelo Xerife Pat Garrett, acusado de 21 mortes "sem contar os mexicanos".

Utopiasdevalentino
Hay palabras que necesitan de mas palabras para ser definidas, y la infamia es una de esas.
Borges en este libro de Ficción presenta cuentos creados con personajes biográficos. La voz del narrador en tercera persona llamo mi atención, cuando durante la lectura te encuentras con la primera persona y durante la narración también lees Borges no es exactamente un personaje, sin embargo no se confunde con el narrador de la historia, al usar voz narrativa en tercera persona. La voz narrativa de este l
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Zuberino


এই বইটির বাংলা শিরোনাম করা যেতে পারে "কুখযাতির সারবজনীন ইতিহাস"। কোন কোন বোদধার মতে বোরহেসের তরুণ বয়সে লেখা এই বইটির মাধযমেই লযাটিন আমেরিকান মযাজিক রিয়ালিজম বা যাদু-বাসতবতার পদযাতরা শুরু। তবে এটা সংখযালঘু মতামত। যাদু-বাসতবতার কলাসিক উপাদান বলতে আমরা যা কিছু বুঝি, তা এখানে মোটের উপর অনুপসথিত। এখন পরযনত যাদু-বাসতবতার পিতৃতব কিউবার ঔপনযাসিক আলেহো কারপেনতিয়ের-এর ঘাড়েই বরতায়, এবং "কুখযাতি" পড়ার পরে সেই মতামত হুট করে বদলে ফেলার কোন সঙগত কারণ খুঁজে পেলাম না।

তবে হযাঁ, বিংশ শতাবদীর সাহিতযে ভয়ংকর পরভাবশাল
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Lourdes
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Temerosos de la Metáfísica y el Absoluto. Y todos los demás.
Recommended to Lourdes by: Todos
Leer Historia Universal de la Infamia es ir a la caza de la delgada línea roja. Ésa que separa, imperceptible, la realidad y la ficción. Sucede que, en esta antología de relatos criminales, Borges se apropia de historias verídicas (sin duda, caídas del ambar de viejas páginas policiales o de las polvorientas leyendas de antaño) y las envuelve en una atmósfera fascinante. En una telaraña de detalles asombrosos, que son una reescritura de lo real y que, incluso, lo perfeccionan.

Curioso: el autor l
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Guillermo Gonca
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
La infamia es un acto vil, que mancha de manera definitiva la reputación de un individuo. Hay personajes que han pasado a la historia no por sus actos de heroísmo o de magnanimidad, sino por su abyección o por su influencia negativa en los hechos históricos. En este libro Jorge Luis Borges realiza un compendio de semblanzas y anécdotas sobre personajes infames, entre ellos: Billy The Kid (cuatrero), La viuda Ching (Pirata) y Hakim De Merv (Falso Profeta). Estos sujetos son retratados de manera o ...more
Caro M.
My only problem with this book was that it was too short. :) This is the sort of book that makes you want to make further explorations. Widow Ching the Pirate is probably my next stop somewhere over there between my historical reads.
Meric Aksu
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ne yazdımsa yazdım” “Bir bakıma mutsuz bir adamdım, ama bu kitabı yazarken kendimi oyalayıp avuttum” “Bana öyle geliyor ki, iyi okurlar, iyi yazarlardan daha az. Okuma, elbette, yazmadan sonra gelen bir etkinliktir; daha gösterişsiz, daha özgür, daha düşünseldir” “Kitabın adında yer alan alçaklık sözcüğü de çok ağır bir söz, ama bütün bu tantananın ardında hiçbir şey yok” diyen Borges, kitabın tekrar yayınlandığı tarihten yirmi yıl önceki haliyle hiç değiştirmeden tekrar yayınlatırken; bir yand ...more
Marko
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww, my 1st Borges ^^ I remember the beauty, the confusion...just don't read it in your teenage years :D
Vit Babenco
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe it is impossible to overvalue Jorge Luis Borges’ influence on the modern intellectual literature – however much we think he did, he did even more.
Similar to sounds, skilfully combined by a composer into a harmonious sequence, turning into melody, simple words, cunningly used by an adroit author, turn into intellectual music.
“The runaway expected his freedom. Lazarus Morell’s shadowy mulattoes would give out an order among themselves that was sometimes barely more than a nod of the head
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M. Sarki
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read and much better than some have mentioned in their criticisms. Borges' style is so natural and free. It is as if he is sitting there in front of you, relaxing, relating his story to our sharpening delight.
Mohamad
صفحات كتاب از چوبه دار و مجازات شدگان و تبهكاران و دزدان دريايي انباشته شده و واژه بي عدالتي و شرارت در عنوان كتاب،ترس و هيبت بر مي انگيزد،اما زير اين همه طوفان هيچي و پوچي است.همه اش فقط ظاهر است و براي همين است كه شايد خوانندگان بتوانند از آن لذت ببرند.
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
গুডরিডসে পরতি সপতাহে হালি খানেক রিভিউ নামক বকবকানি পোসট করার একটি অভযাস ছিল, যদিও বুঝতে পারছিলাম যারা এসব পড়ছে তারা বেশ বিরকতই হচছে, তা সততবেও সে অভযাস ধরে রাখার বেশ শকত ইচছা রাখতাম। কিনতু ইচছায় সব হয় না। পড়তেই পারছি কই, আর রিভিউ। লেখার বযাপারেও ইনারশিয়া। যাক সে কথা, আজও রিভিউ লিখতে বসিনি। শুধু বোরহেস পড়তে শুরু করেছি, একটি বই পড়ে শেষ করেছি সেটা জানাতে বসেছি, খুশী ভাগ করতে এসেছি।

Historia universal de la infamia এর দুখানা অনুবাদ আছে একটা ১৯৭২ সালের A Universal History of Infamy, আরেকটা ১৯৯৯ সালের
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Cecilia
Es imposible que le de a Borges menos de 5 estrellas. Sus libros han llenado mi mundo de magia y enigmas siempre y cada una de las veces que los leo. Este, sin embargo, es otro de mis favoritos. Borges siempre será el mejor (para mí)
Jimmy Ele
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Loved it.
Berfin Kanat
Benim için kitabın en önemli yanı Büyülü Gerçekçilik Akımı'nın ilk örneği olarak görülmesi. Borges öyle bir tarz başlatıyor ki tüm Latin Amerika onun peşinden gidiyor. Sonrasında Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık gibi şahane kitaplar ortaya çıkıyor. Alçaklığın Evrensel Tarihi'ni Kum Kitabı kadar sevemedim ama Arap kültüründen seçmelerle yazdığı son hikayeler çok iyiydi. Borges her ne kadar kendini şair olarak tanımlasa da hikaye anlatıcısı olarak çok başarılı olduğu kesin.
Miquixote
Apparently the term "magical realism" movement began here.
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
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Мартин Касабов
И все пак, какво ви очаква измежду страниците? Пирати и търговци на роби. Хора без съвест, които се представят за чужди синове, измамници, негодници, негодяи и обикновени убийци от Дивия Запад.

Борхес разказва страховити истории за жестоки мъже и жени, които обаче, за разлика от начина, по който сме свикнали да слушаме, тук се разтварят във въздуха. Изядени се от прозаичен край или нелепа смърт, животите в тях са сведени до няколко параграфа.

Научих много от този сборник. Препоръчвам го на хора, к
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Ubik 2.0
Bozzetti? Suggestioni.

Nel giudicare la “Storia universale dell’infamia” non si può ignorare che il maestro argentino pubblicò questi scritti alla spicciolata su un quotidiano locale, 10 anni prima delle opere di narrativa che gli diedero la fama.

Va da sé che attendersi un’opera complessivamente paragonabile a “Finzioni” o “L’Aleph” è un approccio vano oltre che ingeneroso nei confronti di una raccolta che pure presenta chiari elementi già in grado di riverberare il genio dell’autore destinato a
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jayaprakash by: jayaprakash@gmail.com
Another re-read. Young Borges working his way toward fiction by playing with fact. Perfidious individuals from history and legend stride through the pages of this slim book, spreading death and fear across 4 continents before coming to, for the most part, sticky ends. A great preamble to a unique body of work, but don't let this be your first or only Borges.
Taha
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evrenin çeşitli yerlerinden yaşanan alçaklığı büyülü gerçekçilikle güzel harmanlıyor Borges. Post-Modern izlerini fazlasıyla hissettiriyor.
Book Wyrm
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cogito-ergo-spam
It's difficult to know what I really think of this, save that this is my first Borges, I devoured it quickly and throughly enjoyed the writing style, particularly the fanged sarcasm.
A biographical quasi-version of A Perfect Vacuum perhaps, only based on real people with a highly fictionalised and distorted version of the truth.
The most interesting thing for me was not that Borges claims this was his chance to covertly try his hand at short story writing, but that I don't know much about the peo
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Justin Evans
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I somehow managed to get a BA with a focus on comparative literature and continental philosophy and then a PhD with a focus on twentieth century literature without reading any Borges. How did that happen? Well, any time I tried to read South American 'magical realist' literature I broke out in hives of boredom, and I thought maybe Borges was to blame; in addition, I thought, and still think, that Borges might be responsible in part for recent developments in the anglo-american literature of conc ...more
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Mariel Zani Begoña
Muy bueno. Definitivamente seguiré leyendo a Borges

Really good. I will definitely continue reading this author
Tiago Diogo
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contos
Um Mundo de bandidos. Bandidos poéticos com muito swag.
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes]), 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 wo ...more
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