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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyr ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1944)
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ScienceFictionBookclub No it's not. It was translated into English by Borges himself, who supervised the destruction of the only copies of the original Spanish manuscripts.…moreNo it's not. It was translated into English by Borges himself, who supervised the destruction of the only copies of the original Spanish manuscripts. In typical Borges style he declared the translations "superior and more complete".(less)
P.E. I don't know how many this fares in other countries, but maybe you can set hands on a bilingual edition of Ficciones! I find it to be a cost-effective…moreI don't know how many this fares in other countries, but maybe you can set hands on a bilingual edition of Ficciones! I find it to be a cost-effective purchase!(less)

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Florencia
Reading Borges is always a challenge. When you read his stories, it seems you are reading everyone else's. There is a lot of references in his work, and if you want to truly (kind of) understand it (or begin to), you have to do a little research. He ends up being an invaluable teacher.
Labyrinths, mirrors, libraries, dreams, fantasy, religion, philosophy, epistemology. My love for philosophical literature began with this author.
My all-time favorite story is “Las Ruinas Circulares”; the power of
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Jim Fonseca
The author is a master of mixing fantasy and philosophy. He has been credited as a pioneer in magical realism in Latin American literature. In this classic collection, most stories are almost as much essays as they are short stories.

Recurring themes are non-existent and ancient books. Time. Geometry. Gnosticism. Mirrors. Encyclopedias. Chess. Labyrinths. Imaginary worlds. Memory and mnemonics. Infinity in books, libraries and labyrinths. All possible outcomes, like infinite universes in which e
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mark monday
Borges looked inside the swirling mind of man and made a maze of it. A glorious maze! The maze that is Ficciones is a maze built of mazes, one opening unto another, circling around and looping back, an infinity of mazes, small as the smallest of small minds, large as the universe can be imagined. Its architecture is delicate and refined; the wry wit of its creator is apparent in every twist and turn. Borges' maze gently mocks yet empathizes with the self-important, the self-absorbed, and the sel ...more
Vit Babenco
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To me Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges is the ultimate anthology of short stories… I find in it everything I ever want to find in literature: reality and surreality, realness and surrealness, fables and parables, legends and myths, mysticism and philosophy, history and fantasy and an endless enigma.
I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. The mirror troubled the far end of a hallway in a large country house on Calle Gaona, in Ramos Mejia; the encyclopedia is misleadingl/>
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Gaurav
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I now held in my hands a vast and systematic fragment of the entire history of an unknown planet, with its architectures and its playing cards, the horror of its mythologies and the murmur of its tongues, its emperors and its seas, its minerals and its birds and fishes, its algebra and its fire, its theological and the metaphysical controversies- all joined, articulated, coherent, and with no visible doctrinal purpose or hint of parody.




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Lizzy
“Blind to all fault, destiny can be ruthless at one's slightest distraction.”
Reading Jorge Luis Borges is a bewildering experience and a challenge all in one. There is no logically understanding the mazes Borges creates, but that is what fantastical-realism is all about. Ficciones is a labyrinth, beautiful and witty, of ideas and feelings that mock and conquers the reader.

Borges can speak for himself, who am I to explain his brilliance and imagination?
“When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first
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Steven Godin
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5
There can be at times circumstances that affect your thoughts on what's being read. Or even just the way that you read it. This is one of those very occasion where I will undoubtedly benefit reading again. It's clear to see why Jorge Luis Borges is regarded as one of the 20th century's most inventive writers, and Ficciones is a collection of small stories that are on a grand scale, but my overall problem was going through three or four at a time and finding them hard to digest, jumping fro
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Steve
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
                                         Metaphor
              Infinity         Sophistry             Penumbra
          Symbolic               LABYRINTH                 Heresiarch
              Prefigured         Philology             Nihilism
                                        Maze             Allegorical

This may not be the prettiest word cloud ever constructed, but I think it’s a fair representation of the Ficciones experience. Much of the time spent trying to solve the stories’ puzzles involves bandying these concepts about. I can’t
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars, rounding up. I read and then reread several of these stories (some of them for a third time) while I was writing my final review for Fantasy Literature, and they keep impressing me more ... for the most part. My literary friends will be so proud of me! :D So here's the full review, where you can follow along with the journey of myself and my (severely challenged, but ultimately edified) brain cells ...
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Ficciones is a classic collection of seventeen short stories by acclaimed Argentine author Jorge Luis Borg
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David
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The peer pressure from my intellectually superior friends finally shamed me into reading this (as I had no Borges under my belt). Obviously from the 5 stars, I'm glad I caved in. This is a collection of 17 of his "best" short stories, held together merely by the thread that they are like nothing else you've ever read or even thought about.

Not every story is perfection, but all are surprising, irritating, challenging and somehow rewarding. Standouts are "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote" - a
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Morgan
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok, I'd tried to read Labyrinths years ago and found it dry and dull. I thought that perhaps I just wasn't in the proper state of mind, or perhaps wasn't well read enough to get it. I'd also come off of a Calvino kick, so Borges felt boring. Fast forward to me thinking that I really should commit to Borges and give him a real chance.

I have to say that hard a hard time with this book. I only really like one story The Babylonian Lottery. The Circular Ruins, The Library of Babel, The Ga
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PGR Nair
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
( Note: This is an article I wrote in 2009 to mark the 110th birth Anniversary of Borges. Therefore, some of the stories I cite here may not belong to this collection. I thought to post it here as this book is the most cited. If you plan to buy a book of Borges, buy this one or Labyrinth and other stories as both contain the same set of stories and translators. His best translators are Norman Thomas di Giovanni and Anthony Kerrigan . Stay away from the translator Andrew Hurley)

THE BINOCUL/>THE
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Jacob Overmark
A dream within a dream

It was a fascinating first-acquaintance with Borges, an author who has been staying with me for a long time, a house-ghost, a little of this and a little of that, a glimpse into my subconscious and all legends and myths in one place.

Cleverly wrought essays on Swedish scholars and secret societies planting false information and a lot of babble –

I clearly get the impression that Borges never minded hearing himself speak, and being spoken of.
The best short stories are the
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Dolors
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dolors by: Lovers of Puzzles
Shelves: read-in-2013
“You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?” Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”

Even though I read Borges’s “Collected Fictions” in Spanish, my native tongue, I have to confess I didn’t understand half of it. Presumptuous of me to think I would. Famous for being the founder of postmodernist literature and influenced by the work of fantasists such Edgar Allan Poe and Franz Kafka, whom I adore, I was naive enough to assume I would be able to untangle Borges’s labyrinthine, almost rigorousl
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Mutasim Billah
“Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe that in the future he will be.”

Jorge Luis Borges is a monumental inscription in the world of philosophical fiction. His short stories with his labyrinthine themes and language have been explored and analyzed to the point that he has been named one of the pioneers of post-modernist fiction. His fabulistic stories with strange fictional realms and complex social systems and unusual metaphors had a significant influence on the Latin American magical r
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Jim
This collection of short stories is a great introduction to Borges' fictional universe. At times his stories read like a non-fiction article or book review, but Borges sort of sneaks up on you and gives a tug at your conception of what constitutes real versus imaginary.

I would say that some of the stories are more engaging than others, but that's just a matter of personal interest. They are all worth reading, and recommended, especially to those who enjoy magic realism, fantasy, and
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tata J (no one else among my friends can enjoy this book)
For me, reading has always been like connecting your brain to that of the book's author. Since January of this year, I have already finished 100 books and I never had experienced delving into a mind as scintillating as that of Jorge Luis Borges, the Spanish author of this strangely amazing (or amazingly strange) book - FICCIONES which means FICTIONS.

To understand the book, you really have to slow down and reflect on each phrase. It is different from reading Salman Rushdie who I find
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[P]
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bitchin
I owe the discovery of El Matrero to Harper Lee. Five years ago I was spending the evening with my friend Renaldo Compostella, and, as was often the way, literature was our main topic of conversation. Renaldo, who always, or certainly more than I, kept an eye on forthcoming releases and bookish news, happened to mention the scheduled publication of a new novel by Harper Lee, the American authoress famous for To Kill a Mockingbird. The ensuing discussion was notable not for what we had to say about Lee and her work ...more
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
I'm more a fan of "Artificios" than the actual "Ficciones" collection, though "El Jardin" remains one of the better ones from Ficciones. Reading this collection for my Boston book club made me realize that, having taught Borges short stories over the years and reading for my exams as a graduate student, I thought that I had read all of them.
But I hadn't; I encountered a few new ones here, namely "The End", which puts an end to the Martin Fierro story. So I've erased Borges from my "read" l
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Roy Lotz
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
17 August, 1967: I just finished Ficciones today. I also received it today. That is, today, three weeks ago; I mean, three weeks ago, today. (Three groups of seven, totaling twenty-one; or, in Arabic numerals, 3 x 7 = 21.)

I read the book once a day, for each of the days since receiving it. (A total of twenty-one times; 21/1 = 21.) The first week, I read the book in a different mood per day. I started off neutral. The next day, I recalled annoying instances from my past to put myself in an angry mood. I
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MJ Nicholls
The all-stars from this collection—‘The Library of Babel,’ ‘Pierre Manard—Author of Don Quixote’, ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ and ‘Death and the Compass’, and so on comprise some of the finest and first pangs of the postmodern in book form. Reading the Sainted Borges feels at times like difficult math(s) homework or taking a primer in logical philosophy, and the dusty archaism of his references can make the stories feel like relics from the 18thC (both a plus and a minus), otherwise, the engaging fable ...more
Lauren
'Then I reflected that all the things happen, happen to one, precisely now. Century follows century, and things happen only in the present.'
▫"The Garden of Forking Paths", by Jorge Luis Borges, translations from the Spanish by a translation team for the short story collection, FICCIONES, published in 1944.

Just finished this spectacular and complicated collection of short stories that span time and dimension, and genre. To state the obvious, Borges was a genius.

I see
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Edward
The Garden of Forking Paths (1941)
Foreword

--Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
--The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
--Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
--The Circular Ruins
--The Lottery in Babylon
--A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain
--The Library of Babel
--The Garden of Forking Paths

Artifices (1944)
Foreword

--Funes, His Memory
--The Shape of the Sword
--The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
--Death and the Compass
--The Secret Miracle
--Three Ver/>
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Fede
"What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror", wrote St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians.
This sums up, in my opinion, much of Borges' vision of reality: a multi-layered space made of numberless dimensions through which time leaks from numberless eternities. Our perception is limited to the 'here and now' of the tangible and measurable; we can barely grasp the infinity of the theoretical possibilities of the universe.

An image in a mirror, indeed...
Mirrors a
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Leo Robertson
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, favorites
Re-read during work breaks :)

The best Spanish language author I have found so far.

"The Library of Babel" is the clear winner for me, and reveals Borges' power to engage the imagination to create such fantastical imagery, despite our knowledge of how few pages the image will last...

This unreal collection will subvert the normal, entrance, seduce and open your eyes to a labyrinth of chaos.
RJ
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-books
A collection of short stories by the influential Argentine author that are short but challenging. It would not be unfair to say that his work might be admired more than it is enjoyed.

PART 1 - The Garden of Forking Paths
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - 3/5 - Carefully warm up and stretch your brain prior to reading this story to prevent any unfortunate injurie
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Teresa
I shouldn't write a review for this, much less assign stars to it (which I might not do by the time I'm finished writing). My GR friend Dolors has said it already, and so eloquently, too (here's Dolor's review), especially in her penultimate paragraph, its last sentence reminding me of Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, which I loved. None of the star rankings are applicable for me, though of course I recognize the work's brilliance and that it deserves 5 stars: I just don't think this book's for me.

I felt a f
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Sue
May 17, 2011 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first story I felt I might not be quite brilliant enough to read Borges works though I was able to appreciate the story itself. After trying to work my way through the next two stories, I felt these were obscure and abstruse. I don't have the time or patience to devote to the detailed reading which is apparently required in order to fully comprehend them or follow the inner workings. I tried one more but then realized I have shelves full of books and libraries also available to ...more
M. Sarki
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-wonders
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/8547458...

As I was reading these stories, these ficciones, I was wondering where I might have heard this Borges voice before. And as I read it seemed to me that each story was important in its own rank as if derived from a serious study of an ancient text or the pouring over of history books detailing in no small measure the accounts that made up the results of whatever was being set forth. Of course, because the original Ficciones were written in Spanish and then translated to English, the stories additionally all
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poncho
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiction and reality intertwine into a set of metafictional vastly little masterpieces, written in a very crafty and elegant way. A set, because all of them are, though indirectly, related to each other by their core, which is eternity. Vastly little masterpieces, because (here I speak for myself) even when I am not that fond of short stories, since they usually leave me in want of more, Borges's suit so well: they are neither too much nor too little; each word fits perfectly and are enough to leave one's mind sp ...more
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