Alçaklığın Evrensel Tarihi
Alçaklığın Evrensel Tarihi, Jorge Luis Borges’in 1930’larda Arjantin’de çok satan Critica gazetesinin pazar ekine yazdığı yazıları bir araya getiriyor. Gerçek ile hayalin birleştiği bu yazılarda, Borges ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Curioso: el autor l ...more
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 ...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 ...more
Historia universal de la infamia এর দুখানা অনুবাদ আছে একটা ১৯৭২ সালের A Universal History of Infamy, আরেকটা ১৯৯৯ সালের ...more
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 ...more
Most of these were published in singular form in the Buenos Aires newspaper Critica. The collection slots in nicely alongside most of his work. and features all the hallmarks you would come to expect from the Argentine master. Borges looks at notorious criminals from history as well as making things up as he goes along, so it's a classic example of fusing truths and imagination. Although there a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Esta imagen de "Hombre de la esquina rosada" no la recordaba y me mató: "Un manotón a mi clavel de atrás de la oreja y lo tiré a un charquito y me quedé un espacio mirándolo ...more