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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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Jul 17, 2010

really liked it

This collection of all of Jorge Luis Borges short fiction from the 1930s through the 1980s is an excellent introduction to this celebrated Argentinian author. I don't believe I had read anything by Borges before beginning this book. I read the stories from "A Universal History of Iniquity" (1945), "The Garden of Forking Paths" (1941), and "Artifices" (1944). I will return to the book later this year to read his later works.
Stories that especially struck me were "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," a review of imaginary books and ultimately of a series of volumes on an imaginary planet; "The Lottery of Babylon," in which the randomness of a lottery in a fictional country is expanded to include all aspects of life; and "Death and the Compass," a decidedly unusual detective story.
Borges' fiction is an amazing mixture of the kind of erudition you see in Umberto Eco's works, stylistic brilliance, and a fantasy that proclaims his anti-realism.

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