The library of Babel

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David R. Godine, 2000 - Fiction - 36 pages
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Not many living artists would be sufficiently brave or inspired to attempt reflecting in art what Borges constructs in words. But the detailed, evocative etchings by Erik Desmazieres provide a perfect counterpoint to the visionary prose. Like Borges, Desmazieres has created his own universe, his own definition of the meaning, topography and geography of the Library of Babel. Printed together, with the etchings reproduced in fine-line duotone, text and art unite to present an artist's book that belongs in the circle of Borges's sacrosanct Crimson Hexagon - "books smaller than natural books, books omnipotent, illustrated, and magical."

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User Review  - Mahdi - Goodreads

It was one AMAZING book. It reminded me of 1001 nights and Kafka and Marquez - my favorite authors. I loved this book and I'm going to read more of Borges. Read full review

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User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

An illustrated version of Borges's wonderful little book about a giant library with all possible 410-page books. Read full review

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Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) es uno de los escritores mAs destacados del siglo veinte. Sus obras incluyen cuentos, poesIa y ensayos. Fue director de la Biblioteca Nacional en Argentina por dieciocho aNos y, en el Interin, fue nombrado doctor honoris causa por la Universidad de Columbia y la Universidad de Oxford, entre otras. Borges fue galardonado con numerosos premios literarios en el transcurso de su carrera, entre los cuales se encuentra el Premio Internacional de Literatura que compartiO con Samuel Beckett, otorgado por el Congreso Internacional de Editores en Formentor, Mallorca.

Andrew Hurley is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Hurley is the author of Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 and Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis.

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