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Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

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Jorge Luis Borges's Labyrinths is a collection of short stories and essays showcasing one of Latin America's most influential and imaginative writers.

Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated 'Library
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 287 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin (first published 1962)
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Keith Mitchell Read Marquez and Italo Calvino and the best Kafka. If you saw Birdman you saw Ed Norton reading a copy of Borges's Labyrinths while tanning.
Luke Albao A person can be a philosopher about any particular pursuit. Someone who is an avid swimmer might be able to find some secrets to the universe in the…moreA person can be a philosopher about any particular pursuit. Someone who is an avid swimmer might be able to find some secrets to the universe in the rhythm of the stroke. A runner could spend his every run meditating on how much the human race owes to its evolved ability to run for long distances.

The thing to know about Borges is that he was a librarian. He loved books like Van Gogh loved color, and almost everything he writes stems from that.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
441. Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges
Labyrinths (1962) is a collection of short stories and essays by Jorge Luis Borges.
It includes "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", "The Garden of Forking Paths", and "The Library of Babel", three of Borges' most famous stories. Many of the stories are from the collections Ficciones (1944) and El Aleph (1949).
هزارتوهای بورخس - خورخه لوئیس بورخس (کتاب زمان) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: هزارتوهای بورخس؛ نویسنده: خورخه لوئیس بورخس؛ مترجم: احمد میرعل
"You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?"

Borges would have been the first to point out that an answer in the affirmative to his own question would be a likely sign that the reader indeed had understood nothing of any importance. So I won't make any claims. I did however experience something approaching perfect reading pleasure, - fully aware that perfection is unlikely to be approved by Borges - being too static, unchangeable, and definitive.

Halfway through the essay collec
Glenn Russell
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The stories, essays and parables in this Borges collection, with all their esoteric references to multiple histories, cultures and literatures, are no more likely to appeal to a casual reader then a textbook on cognitive psychology. To extract literary gold from highly intricate, complex works like The Garden of Forking Paths, Emma Zunz, The Library of Babel or The Zahir requires careful multiple readings as well as a willingness to occasionally investigate terms and references, for example here
why haven't i read borges before?? no one knows. and he was always pushed upon me - "how can you like marquez if you haven't read borges??" "you like donoso - you should read borges." "machado is good, but you should read borges." so - fine - i did. and i am utterly underwhelmed. so there. i am learning during my "summer of classix" that most of the books i have for some reason or another overlooked were probably overlooked for a reason. i naturally gravitate towards what i like - and i seem to ...more
دُکتر دَرونْگَرآ
|بورخسخوان مجرم نیست، بیمار هم نیست|

یک، بورخس کیست/چیست؟•
آ«آخِی، حِیوونکی، اینقدر سَرش توی این کتابا بوده اینجوری شدههااا» به نظرم، این صمیمیترین تعریف از آقای بورخس_ و البته طرفدارانش_ است

دو، چه موجوداتی بورخس میخوانند؟•
اگر دارای کُلکسیونی از افکار خُزعبل هستید که از طرح آن در جمع انسانهای معقول و متعارف سرافکنده میشوید، اگر ارتباط شما با دنیای حقیقی به حداقل رسیده است، اگر از حواس پنجگانهی خود رنج میبرید، بورخس، با چشمانی معیوب، به شما لبخند میزند

سه، چرا بورخس بخوانیم؟•
هفتگانهی(سکس، بورخس، مش
دو بورخس
فكر كنم بايد بورخس رو دو بخش كرد. يك بورخس، بورخس "گاچو"هاست: گاوچران هاى امريكاى لاتين، و داستان هاى افسانه اى كه مردم راجع به بى رحمى و چاقوكشى و مردانگى و بى باكى اون ها ساختن. چیزی شبيه به لوطى هاى خودمون.
هر چند اين بورخس هم از عناصر جادويى توى داستان هاى گاوچران ها استفاده مى كنه (مثل اين كه روح چاقوكش هاى بزرگ در دشنه هاشون حلول مى كنه و بعد از مرگشون همچنان از طريق دشنه ها به خونريزى ادامه ميدن) اما اين عناصر محدودن، و داستان ها حول محور گاوچران ها و دوئل هاشون و دشمنی ها و عشق ه
A university professor had once expounded on the supposed conflict between history and literature, the former bemoaning the irrelevance of the latter when it comes to tracing the contours of reality while the latter countering this accusation by deploying the well-known defense of 'there's no one way of looking at the truth'.

Indeed. Why restrict ourselves to just the one way and the one reality? Why overlook the truth of infinite permutations and combinations of each eventuality and each one of
Rakhi Dalal
On his religious views, Borges declared himself as an agnostic, clarifying: "Being an agnostic means all things are possible, even God, even the Holy Trinity. This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen"*

It feels kind of strange to quote this after my initial brush with “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins where he refutes an agnostic stance vis-à-vis an atheist one. But I find myself adhering here with Borges. Why to rob an already incomprehensible world of its myriad
نعیمه بخشی
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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بورخس یک جادوگر تمامعیار است. این را من نمیگویم. همین که کتاب را شروع کنید، او را میبینید که با لباس جادوگری و چوبدستیاش پشت داستانها ایستاده و دارد جادو میکند. من مطمئنم که بورخس هم از طرفداران واقعی هزارویک شب است. او بعضی داستانها را از روی دست شهرزاد نوشته و میشود او را از نوادگان شهرزاد دانست. شاید برای من همین کافی باشد که به کتابی که هزارویک شب جد و نیای آن حساب میشود پنج ستاره بدهم اما هزارتوهای بورخس چیزی بیش از این است. جهان داستانهایش اساطیری، مرموز، باستانی، رمزآمیز و آمیخته با جادوس ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Tlön is surely a labyrinth, but it is a labyrinth devised by men, a labyrinth destined to be deciphered by men.’

Labyrinths is a collection of short stories, essays, and other literary works. It is my first experience with Borges, but it shall not be the last.

Borges writes but he does more than that. He’s a chimaera, part philosopher, part academic, part historian, and part bibliognost. His vast accumulated knowledge penetrates his work to create meta fiction that feels truly authentic, thus o
Paquita Maria Sanchez
A perfect book to buy for your early-teens little sister right when she starts showing interest in the opposite sex. Goes great in a Christmas bundle right along with Twilight, Gossip Girl, etc. Moms and pops and big brothers and sisters, make note! The holidays are right around the corner, after all...

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Reading. No, thought. No, reality. Or, fiction? Fiction. But also time, and faith, and metonymy.

How close is the instantaneous you to the you in context with time, space, and the integration over the infinite?

What? What.

The what is the period of time wherein I grew fed up with the knowing and began to contemplate the thinking, unknown and yet rather persistent seeing as it continues to niggle at me. Knowing helps, of course, in the foundations of common thought from which propagates communicati
Sidharth Vardhan
Doctor Who visits Argentina

The TARDIS appears in a wheat Farm. Doctor Who and his hot assistant come out of it. "But what are doing in Argentina?"

Doctor replies"I lost my Sonic screwdriver was lost in labyrinths of time." and becomes quit as if the explanation is enough.

Impatient she tries again, "So, how do you know it is to be found in Argentina of 70s?"

"I don't where my screwdriver is. I can't find a thing in labyrinths of time, it is labyrinths of time for goodness sake. Only one person
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most imaginative writers I have come across, could have been a mathematician, a physicist, a philosopher or a theologian. I can see his influence on Umberto Eco in the manipulation of text and the blending between fiction and reality. To read Borges’s Labyrinth is immerse myself in a magical world where the concept of infinity manifests in space and time, where the boundary between dream and reality fades, where the past and the future converge into an instant, wher ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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”This City is so horrible that its mere existence and perdurance, though in the midst of a secret desert, contaminates the past and the future and in some way even jeopardizes the stars. As long as it lasts, no one in the world can be strong or happy. I do not want to describe it; a chaos of heterogeneous words, the body of a tiger or a bull in which teeth, organs and heads monstrously pullulate in mutual conjunction and hatred can (perhaps) be approximate images.”

In Labyrinths, Borges meander
Ben Winch
For a few years in my early-20s I was obsessed with this book. Some of these stories I have read probably 10 times. The opening story ('Tlon, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius') is one of the most challenging, rewarding mind-f**ks in all literature. Borges's style is limited - this becomes clearer in his later work - but for me this collection is well-chosen. Rarely has so much innovation been crammed into so short a space - but innovation of the controlled kind. No displays of histrionics for this Argentin ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب 296 صفحه دارد و مجموعه ای از نوشته ها، روایتها، مصاحبه ها و اشعارِ «بورخس» است... بیشتر به تقدیر و ستایش از قهرمان هایِ جنگی و انقلابی در آرژانتین و زندگیِ و افکارِ آنها پرداخته است
در ابتدایِ کتاب، مترجم «بورخس» را با «حافظ» مقایسه کرده است، که از دیدگاهِ من، اصلاً قابلِ مقایسه نیستند... در زیر تعدادی از نوشته هایِ این کتاب را برایِ شما بزرگواران به انتخاب، مینویسم
هزارتویِ پُرپیچ و خمی از گام ها
که از روزهایِ من بافته شد
Arief Bakhtiar D.

"Thinkin’ is a lonely business."―Martin Heidegger

BORGES, seumur hidupnya, memiliki nasib baik untuk selalu berdekatan dengan buku dan literatur. Semenjak kecil ia sering menghabiskan waktu di perpustakaan ayahnya. Di sana lah, di antara ribuan buku berbahasa Inggris, fragmen paling penting buat Borges kecil—yang kelak mempengaruhi jalan hidupnya. Siapa sangka, di masa tuanya Borges diangkat menjadi direktur perpustakaan nasional.

Barangkali bertolak dari pengalaman itu ia me
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حقیقت ناگفتنی و غیرقابل تفهیم است....

و بورخس حقیقتی را که خود دریافته بود در پرده ای از وهم و خیال پیچیده و با جادوئی ترین زبان و شکل ممکن برای خوانندگانش بازگفته است..خواننده بورخس باید که شکیبا باشد و باید که معنا را در راحت ترین و نزدیک ترین راه نجوید و باید که خیالش مقدم بر واقعیتش باشد اگرنه از هزارتوهای بورخس آنچه که نصیبش میشود شماری از کلمات حجیم و به نظر پراکنده و از هرجهانی خواهد بود....کتاب از 38 داستان کوتاه وشعر که چندتایی را قبلا در کتاب الف خوانده بودم تشکیل شده است و حال و هوای د
Huda Yahya

المرايا والمتاهات
خورخي لويس بورخيس

Jonathan Terrington

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges not only possessed one mouthful of a name but a great literary talent. There is much that could be criticised in his manner and style, in many of his pieces his 'fictions' come across as formulaic, mathematical and structured, which at times fails to allow emotion to be properly conveyed. Yet Borges was a conscious and thinking author, despite appearing to err on the logical side of the writing spectrum, addressing his fictional work as a means to explore deep
Henry Martin
My first Borges book, or shall I say, "My first Borges experience!"

Labyrinths is broken down to three sections: Fictions, Essays, and Parables. It starts complicated enough with the first story, and despite the false appearance to grow simpler, it gets more complicated as the book progresses. These are not short stories; these are conundrums blending fact, fiction, reality, and dreams. I cannot begin to fathom the amount of research that went to his stories, as even today, with the World Wide We
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowingly awesome. I only wish that for the first book that I read of Borges that it was either all short stories or all essays; I had difficulty making the transition from the last story to the first essay because the lyrical cadence of his writing style made his beautifully written essays seem almost fictive. The parables at the very end of the compilation were the cherries on top. Borges' love of all things Quixote makes me want to hunker down with that book and read, re-read, and re-re- ...more
Parastoo Ashtian
من دیگر از کائنات چیزی درک نخواهم کرد. "ظاهر" را درک خواهم کرد. بنابر تعلیم ایدهآلیستها کلمات "زندگی کردن" و "خواب دیدن" سخت با هم مترادفند. از هزاران تصویر به یکی خواهیم پرداخت، و از رویایی در نهایت پیچیدگی به رویایی در کمال سادگی. دیگران به خواب خواهند دید که من دیوانهام، من "ظاهر" را به خواب خواهم دید. هنگامی که همه مردمان زمین، شب و روز به "ظاهر" بیندیشند، چه چیزی رویا خواهد بود و چه چیزی واقعیت؟ زمین یا "ظاهر"؟

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Mark Becher
Borges typically gets lumped into the South American "magical realism" genre along with the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (whom I've still yet to read; shame on me). But his style is very peculiar. The book is supposed to be a collection of short stories, or as Borges himself called them, ficciones. But few of them are what one would typically consider stories at all. They tend to be short fictional essays, book reviews, obituaries, articles, etc. (There's also a detective story and a couple o ...more
Erik Graff
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: literature
This is the first Borges book I ever read. Since then, of course, he's died and all of his short stories have been collected in English. Mike Miley, the person who spends more money on books than anyone I've ever known (and is very generous in sharing them), purchased that complete collection, bringing it up to the cottage in Michigan during his last visit. When I saw it amidst Michael's travel bags (a small one for clothes, a big one for books and papers) I immediately asked if I could have at ...more
Why hasn't anyone smacked me over the head with a copy and said, "Read this, dummy"? I want to live in his brain.
باقر هاشمی
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.داستانْ صحبت خواهیم کرد، زمانی که غنی باشیم
David Sarkies
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
One Man's Search for Divine Truth
2 February 2018 – Phi Phi Island.

This is another of those book that a friend's Goodreads' review caught my interest, and imagine my surprise when I discovered it sitting on my shelf. Normally, once I have read the review, and marked the book as 'to read' I generally forget about them, namely because there are simply too many books on my too read list to be able to remember when I am browsing a bookshop. Okay, I could always whip out my phone and have a look at t
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jorge Luis Borges didn’t know if he existed.

“Why does it disturb us that the map be included in the map and the thousand and one nights in the book ‘The Thousand and One Nights?’ Why does it disturb us that Don Quixote be a reader of the ‘Quixote’ and Hamlet a spectator of Hamlet? I believe I have found the reason: the inversions suggest that if the characters of a fictional work can be readers or spectators, we, its readers or spectators, can be fictitious. In 1833, Carlyle observed that the hi
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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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