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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 lite ...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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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-american
”The truth is I grew up in a garden, behind lanceolate railings, and in a library of unlimited, English books.”

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Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges, possibly one of the greatest readers of all time, lost his eyesight later in life. I believe the most terrible thing to have happen to a reader is to lose their ability to see. Yes, with Audible now making thousands of books available to be read to people, a blind reader has not completely lost the way to their magical escape tunnels to other worlds.
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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
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Nasrbarshoumy
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في صالة منزلنا القديم
تستند رضا إلى الباب الموارب وتقول لي
تحيرني فصص بورخس يا صديقي
لا تمنحك شيئا تستند إليه
تأخذك لقلب متاهة مغناطيسية
وحيدا... تائها... في عالم مغلق بلا أبواب
لا يراه غيره... يدور بورخس
معه مكتبته العابرة للقارات
أفكاره التي لا يلتقطها القارئ وإن شعر بها تزن في المجال المحيط براسه
تجريد تموت فيه حدوتة الإنسان... وتنطلق الكتابة متخطية التوقع، جارفة المألوف لعجائبية نسقها هو نفسه نسق المألوف
الحق اقول لك أنا أفضل ماريو بارغس يوسا لأنه يأخذنا معه لحياة الناس في شوارع ليما
وأنت
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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
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Steven Godin
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
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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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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
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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“Tú, que me lees, estás seguro de entender mi lenguaje?”

Este libro es perfecto. Me atrevería a decir que es el mejor de Borges, aunque cueste seleccionar uno en su extensa y maravillosa obra, y tal vez, a mi humilde entender, le siga “El Aleph”.
Los cuentos y relatos aquí son brillantes, redondos y… perfectos. Nuevamente debo utilizar ese término.
Dividido en dos libros menores “El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan” de 1941 y “Artificios” de 1944 este volumen atesora el mejor cuento de Borges, “E
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Mariana
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No tengo idea de cómo demonios se puede reseñar a un genio.

Los relatos en este libro me hicieron pensar, a tal grado que llegué a darme cuenta de que no era una buena opción leerlos antes de irme a dormir porque me quedaba dándoles vueltas por un buen rato. Leer a Borges tiene el curioso efecto de hacerme sentir ignorante, inculta. Un autor que derrocha referencias a otras obras literarías, filosóficas, matemáticas, que constantemente usa palabras en otros idiomas y todo con perfecta naturalida
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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 Garden of Fork
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Nickolas the Kid
Έδιτ 1

Στις "Μυθοπλασίες" ο Μπόρχες μας οδηγεί στον μαγικό του κόσμο και η διαδρομή περνάει μέσα από λαβύρινθους, καθρέφτες, ψευδεπίγραφα και μαθηματικούς γρίφους!
Κάθε διήγημα είναι και μια πνευματική άσκηση για τον αναγνώστη. Ο Μπόρχες μας καλεί να λύσουμε τους γρίφους και να εξερευνήσουμε μαζί του τον χρόνο και τον χώρο.

Ένας μάγος φτιάχνει έναν καινούργιο άνθρωπο/μαθητή από όνειρα, ο ίδιος ο Μπόρχες με τον Μπιόι Κασάρες ψάχνουν για μια φανταστική χώρα που ίσως υπάρχει, ένας συγγραφέας θέλει να
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Mateo
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Todavía no supero este libro. Creo, el mejor de todos los libros de cuentos Borgianos. Todavía no supero que los habitantes de tlön no crean en el espacio y su lenguaje este compuesto de una sucesión infinita de verbos. Todavía no supero la concepción de un empresa como la Pierre Menard, que buscas escribir el Quijote, me rindo a ayudarle en lo que pueda. Todavía no supero la daga, ni los laberintos, ni los tigres, ni el sur, ni las bibliotecas, ni al otro...

Todavía no supero a Borges.
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 BINOCULARS OF
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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 labyrinthin
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Denisse
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #12 A book of short stories.

Beautifully written, addictive, but complicated must of the time. Definitely worth reading. The stories cover a wide range of topics in an exquisite form.



Para lo corto del libro se tarda uno en leerlo. Borges escribe muy lindo pero hay algo en estas historias que me hacían sentir intimidada, no se que fue.

Los temas que tratan son muy variados, así que seguro hay alguno para ti. Las que a mi mas me gustaron fueron: Tlön, Uqbar,
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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 sci-fi books
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Franco  Santos
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Autor de nicho, lectura impostergable. Volveré a Borges.
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
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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 confusing be
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Teresa
Este livro fez-me sentir com cérebro de pulga. Não sei se gosto disso…
…devo gostar pois, em vez de desistir, li e reli cada conto há média de um por dia e, até ao conto/dia seguinte, ia “ruminando” sobre o seu significado.
No principio, ainda me iludi e convenci-me de que se fosse paciente e persistente iria ficar a entender, minimamente, o universo Borgeano. Qual quê! Quanto mais lia mais me afundava em confusão. Mas, estranhamente, também me sentia cada vez mais enfeitiçada com o livro, quer p
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Marlen Leiva
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper
Leer a Borges requiere de un lector activo, comprometido con su prosa, debe ser erudito, en historia, filosofía como también en mitos y leyendas antiguas. Me parece un libro complejo pero que no me ha dejado indiferente, su manera de narrar, su léxico y la forma en que trata el tiempo y el espacio, lo irreal y la realidad, me hace pensar que en la persona de Borges se materializa la eternidad.
[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 abo ...more
Oziel Bispo
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de ler” ficções”de Jorge Luis Borges, um livro de contos maravilhoso  que já vou me programar para relê- lo ,pois não se consegue extrair tudo de uma vez só, teremos que sempre reler, e cada vez iremos descobrir coisas novas, pois é um livro muito complexo.

Os conteúdos dos contos são maravilhosos, mas o que nos chama a atenção é a sua estética, como os contos são apresentados, os métodos usados para nos envolver, para nos atrair.

A falta de distinção entre o que é verdadeiro e o que é imagi
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Libros Prestados
Ni siquiera voy a puntuar este libro, porque no sabría cómo hacerlo.

Hay historias que me han gustado mucho ("Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", "El acercamiento de Almotásim", "La forma de la espada" o "La muerte y la brújula") y otros (como "La biblioteca de Babilonia") que no son ni cuentos ni tampoco podríamos calificarlos como divertimentos (algo que sí es, por ejemplo, "Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote"), sino desvaríos de Borges sobre la ficción, la filosofía o la realidad. De hecho, hay dos cue
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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" lists a
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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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