A Universal History of Iniquity

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Penguin, 2001 - Black humor - 104 pages
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Borges' first collection of stories (1935). In his writing, Borges always combined high seriousness with a wicked sense of fun. Here he reveals his delight in re-creating (or making up) colorful stories from the Orient, the Islamic world, and the Wild West, as well as his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and personal betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. Spark-ling with the sheer exuberant pleasure of story-telling, this collection marked the emergence of an utterly distinctive literary voice.

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Perhaps I'm too underdone to appreciate this. Started reading it as part of Borge's 'Collected Ficciones,' but could not persevere throughout the entire compilation. As I delved deeper into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aidan Watson-Morris - Goodreads

immensely entertaining. i think that, reading these as they were published as installments, or just after they were collected, must've been incredible--the foretelling of arguably the most important ... Read full review


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JORGE LUIS BORGES (1899-1986) now has in print with Modern Classics the short story collections THE ALEPH, FICTIONS, BRODIE'S REPORT, A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY and THE BOOK OF IMAGINARY BEINGS. In addition Modern Classics publishes his SELECTEDPOEMS and THE TOTAL LIBRARY, a selection of his non-fiction which in 2000 won the National Book Critic's Circle award.

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