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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pingdjip - LibraryThing
Used to be put off by the rationalism of these stories but like them better and better: the labyrinths and mirrors, the intermingling of history and fiction, the carefully constructed traps that characters walk into. Favorite one: Averroes' search. Second: The theologians. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gbill - LibraryThing
This was a very disappointing collection of short stories from Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges; the stories are in general maddeningly brief and poorly developed. In writing a story it’s as if ... Read full review