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In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter S?s with Jorge Luis Borges?s 1957 compilation of 116 "strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination," from dragons and centaurs to Lewis Carroll?s Cheshire Cat and the Morlocks of H. G. Wells?s The Time Machine. A lavish feast of exotica brought vividly to life wi ...more
Paperback, deluxe, 236 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published March 30th 1957)
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A fascinating compendium of incredible beasts from world mythology, folklore and fiction. The entries are generally from one to three pages in length. There are illustrations, too, by one Peter Sís; stylish intaglio etchings. The format is that of an encyclopedia with the entries in alphabetical order. My favorite entries include the "Banshees," "The Celestial Cock," "The Chinese Dragon," "The Western Dragon," "The Hydra," "Lilith," "The Golem," "The Unicorn," "The Chinese Unicorn," etc. etc.

چقدر این کتاب لذت بخش بود. چقدر خستگی در کن بود، بین ساعت های درس خوندن برای امتحان!

کتاب موجودات خیالی، از خورخه لوییس بورخس، نویسنده ی بزرگ آرژانتینی، که از بزرگ ترین نویسنده های سبک رئالیسم جادوییه
این کتاب یه دائرة المعارفه از جانوران خیالی ای که در افسانه های ملل مختلف وجود دارن (از چین تا ایران و یونان و اسکاندیناوی). بورخس همۀ موجودات افسانه ای رو جمع نکرده، که در این صورت نیاز به چندین جلد کتاب بود، بلکه خودش به سلیقۀ خودش، گزیده ای از این موجودات رو جمع آوری کرده، شاید اون هایی که به نظر
Huda Yahya
كدت أجن لأحصل على كتاب ألبرتو مانغويل عن بورخس
فإذ بي أحصل على كتابين معاً

مليون شكر لا تكفي لمن قام برفعه

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كتاب المخلوقات الوهمية لبورخس يليه في حضرة بورخس لألبرتو مانغويل

Ahmad Sharabiani
The book of imaginary beings, Jorge Luis Borges
Book of Imaginary Beings was written by Jorge Luis Borges with Margarita Guerrero and published in 1957 under the original Spanish title Manual de zoología fantástica. Contains descriptions of 120 mythical beasts from folklore and literature.
عنوانها: کتاب موجودات خیالی، فرهنگ موجودات خیالی؛ اثر: خورخه لوئیس بورخس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1994 میلادی
عنوان: کتاب موجودات خیالی، اثر: خورخه لوئیس بورخس»؛ برگردان: احمد اخوت، نشر: تهران، شرکت فرهنگی هنری
Jack Tripper
Here's the 1970 E.P. Dutton & Co. hardcover I have (3rd printing, 256 pages), which isn't listed here on Goodreads. I see others have their copies tagged as "illustrated," though mine's not, unfortunately.

Full review to come.

3.5 Stars.
Πρόκειται για μία εκτενή καταγραφή των φανταστικών πλασμάτων που η ανθρώπινη φαντασία συνέλαβε στο χώρο και στο χρόνο. Μέσα από αυτές τις σύντομες ιστορίες ερχόμαστε σε επαφή με την ανάγκη της ανθρώπινης φύσης για μυθοπλασία, την ανάγκη να εξηγήσουμε πράγματα που παραμένουν έξω από τη σφαίρα της γνώσης και λογικής της εποχής με παράξενα όντα στα οποία και προσδίδουμε εξωπραγματικές ιδιότητες. Αναφέροντας ο συγγραφέας, στις διηγήσεις του το ιστορικό, κοινωνικό αλλά και θρησκευτικό περιβάλλον κατά ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I can't say I'm surprised by the fact that it's so highly acclaimed. That said, I can't say I found much interest in it, either. Truth is, it kind of made the already long hours of the night shift at work a tiny bit longer. All in all, The Book of Imaginary Beings is an admittedly big literary achievement that simply didn't touch me.
Shit happens, I guess.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra prueba inequívoca del poder erudito y sabiduría eterna que poseía Jorge Luis Borges.
Un completo y detallado “Bestiario”, en el que el Maestro enumera la gran cantidad de seres mitológicos y fantásticos que pueblan las religiones, las tradiciones y la literatura oriental y occidental. Todas las mitologías (griega, latina, escandinava, china, japonesa, americana, hindú, eslava, anglosajona e indígena) aportan sus propios seres imaginarios a este volúmen.
En lo referente a la literatura, hay c
May 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nearby bookshelves.
Borges explains at the beginning that the book is not intended to be read through, but opened at random and skimmed. Well, I read it through, and I don't regret it. But that's because I'm interested by very unusual things. Borges has here compiled from what is essentially a set of utterly trivial facts something with meaning. His selection is bizarre, pretty and humorous, and he describes each beast with great variation in tone. The reason for each voice only becomes clear after several beasts a ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excepcional recopilación, fantasía pura. El dragón, el unicornio, el fénix y muchos otros, como criaturas imaginadas por Kafka o Lewis Carroll son descritas con un prisma diferente. También editado con el nombre de Manual de zoología fantástica ¿Compararlo con Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos de la saga de Harry Potter? Bitch, please.
Teresa Proença
Um dicionário de criaturas lendárias e mitológicas - e de outras criadas por autores como Kafka, Wells, Flaubert - no qual Borges narra as suas origens e características.
Não desfrutei da leitura como esperava porque, além de já conhecer a maioria, não me interessa muito o assunto.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-12
This book is great! Unlike Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Holly Black's Arthur Spiderwick's Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, which provide authoritative portraits of magical creatures in a particular fantasy world, The Book of Imaginary Beings compiles interesting stories and details about a diverse array of imagined beasts, drawing from both Western and Eastern mythologies. Borges's aim is not simply to delight his readers with whimsical stories couched in a sati ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
به قول بورخس : پژوهش درباره موضوعات بیفایده و غریب لذتی كاهلانه در بر دارد

بورخس اکثر مطالب این کتاب رو از متون قدیمی ، ادبیات شرق و کلاسیک ،جمع آوری کرده بود.این کتاب حاوی اطلاعات جالبی از قبیل تاریخچه ی پدید اومدن موجودات خیالی ، شکل ظاهری و نحوه ی زندگیشون هست

کتاب سرگرم کننده و جالبی بود.از اون دسته کتاب هایی بود که می تونید ازش به عنوان یک مرجع خوب ، برای شناخت موجودات اساطیری و جادویی، استفاده کنید
Nickolas the Kid
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masterpieces
Τι διαφορά έχει ο κινέζικος δράκος από τον δράκο της Ευρώπης; Τι είναι το Γκόλεμ; Ποιός ακριβώς είναι ο μηγμυγκολέων και γιατί υπήρχε ένα τέρας σαν την Λερναία Ύδρα;;
Όλα αυτά μπορεί κανείς να τα μάθει στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο του Μπόρχες!!!

Αφάνταστα διασκεδαστικό με χιλιάδες πληροφορίες από όλες τις μυθολογίες του κόσμου. Ο άνθρωπος είχε πολλά βιβλία τα οποία όπως φαίνεται τα "ξεκοκάλιζε"!!!
তানজীম Rahman)
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this again because I'm in the middle of translating it, and it's still as beautiful as ever. The creatures described in this book have been a major influence on all my horror work.
Ruba AlTurki
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

إستعراض رائع ومثير للمخلوقات الأسطورية الوهمية التي يرويها بورخيس دون تفصيل، وهو ما أحبطني قليلاً.. يعدد فيها الكثير من المخلوقات المتنوعة التي قد تكون وردت في روايات أو أفلام صادفناها سابقاً، مثل التنين والديك السماوي والفينكس و الجولوم و اليونيكورن و ليليث والهيدرا والعفاريت وغيرها الكثير ...يصف أشكالها ومنافعها وتاريخها الثقافي واللغوي والجغرافي..
سعة اطلاع مدهشة حقاً، ينقص الكتاب بضعة رسومات للكائنات ربما .. أعتقد أن الكتّاب والرسامين أيضاً سيجدون للكتاب ألواناً أكثر وأعمق للمتعة.
يلي هذه المخ
Ksenia (vaenn)
Ця маленька книжечка може претендувати на звання мого улюбленого бестіарію, а читано їх було.... було. Каталог дивовиж Борхеса та Маргарити Герреро купує увагу та серце стилем, троха саркастичним гумором та - мабуть, у першу чергу, - концепцією:

"А проте ми дотрималися буквального значення слів "вигадані істоти" й уклали довідних дивних створінь, яких - у всі часи й повсюди - породжувала людська фантазія".

І таки так - уклали, відкаталогізували, супроводили малюнками, покажчиком і (перекладацькими
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like much of the Borgesian oeuvre, The Book of Imaginary Beings exists on the peripheries of the make-believe. On a certain level, the work does indeed function as an honest-to-goodness encyclopedia—albeit one that deals almost exclusively with the fantastical. But as one might expect, things aren't quite what they seem, and the astute reader should also view the legitimacy—even the sincerity—of its various mythological claims with a grain (or two) of salt.

One of history's most prolific readers,
Akemi G.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
I really don't know how JLB makes such exciting topic sound so boring.

Let's take Scylla as an example. She is one of the weirdest monsters--a girl with the heads of six barking dogs coming from her waist. The story behind her transformation (from Ovid's Metamorphoses) is equally twisted -- a guy named Glaucus falls in love with Scylla (lovely girl at this point), she scorns him. Desperate, he seeks help from Circe, the sorceress. (He is probably hoping for some love potion to change Scylla's mi
Miss Ravi
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: myth-history, 1394
خوبیش اینه که انگار همهچیز قبلاً اتفاق افتاده، یه جایی در گذشته، شاید خیلی دور، شاید هم خیلی نزدیک. اصلاً مهم نیست چقدر تخیل در شکلگیری این موجودات عجیب و غریبِ یه چشم و چهار دست و شیش پا سهم داشته، مهم اینه که خیلیها این موجودات رو همون اندازه قبول دارن که گربهی خونگیشون رو.
وقتی دارید توصیف یکی از این موجودات خیالی رو میخونین حس میکنید شاید کتاب جانورشناسی دست گرفتید که اینطور دقیق و با جزئیات وصف شدن. من که ابائو آکو، اسب تکشاخ، سانتورها، کوتولهها یا پیگمی، سیرنها، نورنها و ابولهول رو بیشتر ا
Vasilis Manias
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το ερωτεύτηκα αυτό το βιβλίο φέτος το καλοκαίρι. Μέσα σε 3-4 σελίδες σου δίνει μια σαγηνευτική "περίληψη" από το παραμυθι κάθε σημαντικόυ πλάσματος της παγκόσμιας μυθολογίας, από τον Πήγασσο και τη Μέδουσα μέχρι τον Βασιλίσκο και το Α Μπαου Α Κου. Η ταλαντούχα πένα του Μπόρχες μου έκλεψε την καρδιά, ίσως ότι διασκεδαστικότερο έπεσε στα χέρια μου τα τελευταία χρόνια.
حتى ولو كانت مخلوقات وهمية وأساطير بدي خاف منها 🙈😨
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
همانطور که در پیشگفتار کتاب آمده،پژوهش درباره موضوع های بی فایده و غریب لذتی کاهلانه در بر دارد.این لذت شامل خواننده ی کتاب هم می شود
ردپای بعضی موجودات خیالیِ معرفی شده در این کتاب، در داستان های بورخس مشهود است.
শুভঙ্কর শুভ
দুরভাগযবশত গাড়িতে ঘুমিয়ে পড়ায় জায়গার জিনিস জায়গায় ফেরত দিয়ে গিয়ে ডরাইভার যখন "উপকার করেছি" বলে দাঁত কেলিয়ে হাসে আর ভুল হয়েছে বুঝতে পেরে মাথা চুলকায় তখন সতযিই বোধয় আর রাগে থাকা যায় না। ভুল তো মানুষেরই হয়। তবে তাঁর এই ভুলের কারণে যদি ভালো কিছু হয় তখন তো ভুলটা আর ভুল থাকেই না। কথা বাড়িয়ে লাভ নেই, মূল কথায় যাই।
মামার বাসায় বসে বোর হবো ভেবে fantastic beast and where to find them বলুরেতে দেখছিলাম। হঠাৎ মামা এসে বলে যে, 'আমার কাছে একটা মজার বই আছে। মুভিটার মতোই। বলতে পারিস একরকমের বিসটদের এনসাইকলোপিডিয়া
Douglas Summers-Stay
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, non-fiction
One of my favorite books when I was about 15 was the AD&D Monster Manual, the original one printed in 1977. I read it cover to cover. (Well, I skipped the demons and devils, I was a good kid.) There was something really appealing about a world where everything from ethics (How does Lawful Evil differ from Chaotic Good?) to resistance to poison (saving throws) could be quantified and understood. It was a game, but it was at least as large as real life in what it could describe. The Monster Ma ...more
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Rebecca McNutt
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, classic
Full of creatures and entities from fantasy and mythology, from unicorns to griffins to characters from classic fiction, The Book of Imaginary Beings is a brilliant, sensational book.
Ο Μπόρχες ήταν ένας άνθρωπος πριν από συγγραφέας τον οποίο σέβομαι απεριόριστα για τη δύναμη μέσα του. Σε όλη τη ζωή του έπασχε από εξελικτική τύφλωση, συνήθως άλλοι του διάβαζαν και κυρίως η μητέρα του, επομένως οποιαδήποτε προσπάθεια βλέπουμε, αξίζει την εκτίμηση και το σεβασμό μας, γιατί αυτό που μπορώ να κάνω εγώ με το στιλό μου, σ’ ένα χαρτί, για ‘κεινον απαιτούσε πολύ κόπο και γινόταν με υπέρμετρη αγάπη και με διάθεση να είναι ειλικρινώς ειλικρινής. Ένα κοινό μας σημείο δεν είναι απλά ο Σο ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a mid- to light-weight fantasy fan, you should stay away from this one. If you resent or are suspicious of the validity of the fantasy genre or just hate it, this is absolutely the book for you. Either way, The Book of Imaginary Beings is a lethal takeout of the intellectual validity of Modern Western Fantasy. I’m talking about Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, all of them flipped over and bellies exposed. Of the three, I’m fondest of Game of Thrones, but less because i ...more
This is a brilliant book. It's great to read a literary (rather than historic) exploration of imaginary animals coming from myths, stories and books from all over the world. None is more important than the other, they are all equal. Refreshing.

The most interesting chapters to me were the non-mythological ones, like the animals imagined by Kafka - most mythology I'd heard of, and reading about fauna eponymous people have come up with is fascinating.

But it's such a shame Borges didn't take the op
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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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