Aleph and other stories

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Penguin Books, 2000 - Fiction - 210 pages
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Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father's “killer,” and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house. This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.

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User Review  - Owlseyes - Goodreads

Stevenson, Wells, Twain, Verne…the Arabian Nights were some of the references for Borges very early on, back in Argentina. At his father's library, he read a lot. Then he went to Europe... Borges ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evelyn - Goodreads

Lots of interesting stories. I liked the fantastical as well as the historically-based Argentina ones. Some favorites: "The Aleph," "The Two Kings and Their Two Labyrinths," "Ibn Hakkan al-Bokhari ... Read full review


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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.

Hurley is Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he also teaches in the Translation Program.

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