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Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
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Oct 08, 2007

really liked it

I've been beguiled by Borges' short fiction before - he has an incredible talent for creating unsettling paradoxes with great economy (his short works are truly short) - but at the same time I often felt like his well-polished miniatures were a little too detached and dry.

However, in this collection of parables, prose shorts and poems, he reveals a much more personal side of himself. As well as displaying some of his typical subtle puzzles, he also contemplates death and loss, what time will make of his own life and works, his literary persona ("the other Borges") vs. his personal self, the power and limits of art. The poetry (and this might be a matter of translation) is not quite as consistently strong as the prose, but this is a fine book. He ends up making, as he intended with this hand-picked collection, a self-portrait out of fragments.

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