Selected Non-Fictions, Volume 3

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Penguin Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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It will come as a surprise to some readers that the greater part of Jorge Luis Borges's extraordinary writing was not in the genres of fiction or poetry, but in the various forms of non-fiction prose. His thousands of pages of essays, reviews, prologues, lectures, and notes on politics and culture--though revered in Latin America and Europe as among his finest work--have scarcely been translated into English.

Selected Non-Fictions presents a Borges almost entirely unknown to American readers. Here is the dazzling metaphysician speculating on the nature of time and reality and the inventions of heaven and hell, and the almost superhumanly erudite reader of the world's literatures, from Homer to Ray Bradbury, James Joyce to Lady Murasaki. Here, too, the political Borges, taking courageous stands against fascism, anti-Semitism, and the Peron dictatorship; Borges the moive critic, on King Kong and Citizen Kane and the Borgesian art of dubbing; and Borges the regular columnist for the Argentine equivalent of the Ladies' Home Journal, writing hilarious book reviews and capsule biographies of modern writers.

The first comprehensive selection of this work in any language, Selected Non-Fiction presents over 160 of these astonishing writings, from his youthful manifestos to his last meditations on his favorite books. More than a hundred of these pieces have never before appeared in English, and all have been rendered in brilliant new translations by Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Eliot Weinberger. This unique selection, the third and final volume in Penguin's centenary edition of the Collected Work in English, presents Borges as at once a deceptively self-effacing guide to the universe and the inventor of a universe that is an idispensable guide to Borges.

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User Review  - Mark Sacha - Goodreads

Borges had a brilliant mind, and he demonstrated a love for literature (specifically classical and fantastic literature) that's almost touching. However, I'm not convinced that he makes a good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Another Borges book. Another 5 stars. I mean this man is so brilliant I'm starting to turn into a dithering fanboy when reading his books. Now, I've only actually owned this book for a couple of days ... Read full review

Contents

After Images
10
A Profession of Literary Faith
23
The Duration of Hell
48
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is the author of "Labyrinths and Ficciones", among other books. His "Collected Fictions" was recently published in a new translation.

Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America s first literary writer to receive Mexico s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

Monique Chefdor, founder of the Blaise Cendrars International Society, is the author of Blaise Cendrars (1980) and editor of "Blaise Cendrars-Jacques Henry Levesque, 1924-1959" in the "Oeuvres completes de Blaise" "Cendrars" (1991). She has had an international scholarly career with teaching assignments in Africa, England, and the United States. She now teaches comparative literature at the University of Picardy in Amiens, France. Her cotranslator, Esther Allen, received her Ph. D. in comparative literature from New York University in 1991 and is also the translator of Octavio Paz's Xavier Villaurrutia: Hieroglyphs of Desire.

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