Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ficciones” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.46  ·  Rating details ·  38,845 Ratings  ·  1,782 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ficciones, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
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
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
“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
Steven  Godin
3.5 -
There can be at times circumstances that effect 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
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
              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
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
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 ...
Ficciones is a classic collection of seventeen short stories by acclaimed Argentine
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 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 misleadingly titled The
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)

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
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
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
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
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,
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
Franco  Santos
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Si alguien me preguntara quién es el autor con la mejor prosa que he leído, sin lugar a dudas contestaría Jorge Luis Borges. Cada uno de sus cuentos explota en lírica y bucea por existencias sutilmente cambiadas que te ofuscan en un mundo aparentemente conocido en el cual una magia utópica y soñadora es realidad.

¿Es pesado? Sí.
¿Algunos cuentos, por no decir la mayoría, son casi incomprensibles? También: Borges nos ultraja nuestra capacidad de intelección. Aunque si después buscan su significado
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
Teresa Proença
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
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
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
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
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Μπόρχες με πήγε σε μέρη όπου δεν έχω ξαναπάει. Πήγα μια βόλτα σε έναν από τους αμέτρητους λαβύρινθους της φαντασίας του. Θέλω να επιστρέψω στις ιστορίες του ξανά και ξανά, σαν σε κυκλικό βρόχο, για να δω το επόμενο παιχνίδι της φαντασίας διαβάζοντας ξανά την ίδια ιστορία! Γιατί κάθε ανάγνωση χαρίζει και άλλη απόλαυση!
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ne kitaptı be! Buraya ne yazsam eksik kalacak, o yüzden denemiyorum bile. Sadece, muhteşemdi.
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ci vorrebbero parole e parole, infinite pagine, per descrivere quello che in realtà è un testo così poco voluminoso, costituito da piccoli tasselli, i quali sono però delle gemme, dei gioielli: ogni loro frase è un mondo, ogni sintagma può essere un indizio o un punto di svolta; un paragrafo potrebbe avere la densità di un romanzo, un racconto incarnare una tradizione, una intera enciclopedia apocrifa, l’eterno ritorno dell’uguale così come l’incapacità dell’uomo di comprendere la vastità dell’u
The Garden of Forking Paths (1941)

--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)

--Funes, His Memory
--The Shape of the Sword
--The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
--Death and the Compass
--The Secret Miracle
--Three Versions of Judas
--The End
--The Cult of the Phoenix
--The South

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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sudamerica
E’ difficilissimo commentare questo libro. La maggior parte dei lettori lo definisce un capolavoro assoluto, un “classico contemporaneo”. Per me è stata una lettura assai complessa. Borges è uno scrittore per un lettore “erudito” –che non sono io-. Mi mancano le conoscenze letterarie di base per capirlo a fondo. E così scrivo di quel poco che sono riuscita a comprendere.
Innanzitutto il titolo: andando avanti con la lettura ho capito il perché del titolo. Finzioni significa astrazione dalla realt
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Στο φαντασιακό σύμπαν του Μπόρχες απλώς αρμενίζεις. Χωρίς πλοηγό και μπούσουλα, ανοίγεις πανιά κι αφήνεσαι στο ταξίδι στους χωροχρονικούς λαβυρίνθους της σκέψης του. Πότε πότε απαντάς και κανέναν καθρέφτη, που άλλοτε δείχνει την αντανάκλασή σου κι άλλοτε το βλέμμα σου τον διαπερνά για να λαθροκοιτάξεις κόσμους παράδοξους, βιβλία κι επιστολές που χάθηκαν στην αχλή του χρόνου και που μια μέρα θα επιστρέψουν στην αγκαλιά μιας αιώνιας βιβλιοθήκης.

Μυθοπλασίες του σήμερα, του χθες και του πάντοτε, δι
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Letteratura Postm...: Trentateesimo GdL (parallelo) Finzioni di J.L.Borges 21 31 Sep 21, 2016 06:06AM  
Goodreads Librari...: Cover photo in error? 4 45 Oct 01, 2011 04:58PM  
  • Bestiario
  • El Llano en llamas
  • The Invention of Morel
  • Grande Sertão: Veredas
  • Putas asesinas
  • Boquitas pintadas
  • Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte
  • Sobre héroes y tumbas
  • Respiración artificial
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
More about Jorge Luis Borges

Fiction Deals

  • Mercy Among the Children
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe [Kindle in Motion]
    $1.99 $0.99
  • An Empty Cup
    $3.99 $1.99
  • I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Abby's Journey
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Underground River
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Word Game
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fraulein M.
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sister of Mine
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bury What We Cannot Take
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Chomp
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Searching for Grace Kelly
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Bricking It
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Starfish
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Thunder and Rain
    $9.99 $2.99
  • All Grown Up
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Light of Hidden Flowers
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Olive's Ocean
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Ecstasy
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Elephant Keeper's Daughter
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Virtues of Oxygen
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Home to Harmony (Harmony #1)
    $11.14 $1.99
  • Dog Crazy
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Towers of Tuscany
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Who We Were Before
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Reluctant Midwife (Hope River, #2)
    $10.49 $1.99
  • Sin No More (Reverend Curtis Black)
    $10.39 $1.99
  • The List
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Lost & Found
    $5.74 $1.99
  • A Watershed Year
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Savage
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Designer
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Novice: A Story of True Love
    $10.74 $1.99
  • Go Away Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Leaving of Things
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Train I Ride
    $6.99 $1.99
  • We'll Always Have Paris: Stories
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Hidden Flower
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Greyhound
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Lisette's List
    $11.99 $1.99
  • This Burns My Heart
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Journeys of Socrates
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Annie on My Mind
    $9.99 $1.20
  • An Absent Mind
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Book of Ruth
    $18.99 $1.99
  • Smoke
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Covenant
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Digging In
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
    $11.99 $12.99
  • The Traveling Vampire Show
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Long Way Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Going Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • In Between Days
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Girl in the Glass
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Super Sad True Love Story
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Prayers and Lies
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Go the F**k to Sleep
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Fat Chance
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Just a Couple of Days
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Girls from Corona del Mar
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Daughter of Union County
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Fighting Ground
    $6.49 $1.99
  • Embers
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Sugar Men
    $3.99 $1.99
  • You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Last Storyteller: A Novel Of Ireland
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Temple of My Familiar (The Color Purple Collection)
    $17.99 $1.99
  • Vengeance Road
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Ungifted
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Julie of the Wolves
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Stiltsville: A Novel
    $10.99 $1.99
  • To the Bright Edge of the World
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Patriots
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams
    $9.99 $1.99
  • All the Good Parts
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Food of Love
    $3.99 $1.99
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow
    $11.99 $2.99
  • A Scattered Life
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Every Ugly Word
    $3.99 $1.99
  • A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Desert God (Ancient Egypt, #5)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Malayan #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • An Amish Buggy Ride
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Old Yeller
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Secret Healer (The Secret Healer #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • Elizabeth Street
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
    $4.99 $1.99
  • It Is Well
    $4.99 $1.99
  • A Sinful Calling (Reverend Curtis Black #13)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • On a Cold Dark Sea
    $4.99 $1.99
  • My Lady Viper (Tales from the Tudor Court #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Kings of Broken Things
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Edward Adrift
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Restaurant Critic's Wife
    $3.99 $1.99
“A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships” 62 likes
“Los espejos y la cópula son abominables, porque multiplican el número de los hombres.” 49 likes
More quotes…