Borges and his fiction

a guide to his mind and art. by Gene H. Bell-Villada

Publisher: University of Texas Press in Austin

Written in English
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  • Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899- -- Criticism and interpretation

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-318) and index.

SeriesTexas Pan American series
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPQ7797.B635 Z6342 1999
The Physical Object
Paginationxxv, 325 p. ;
Number of Pages325
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL35744M
ISBN 100292708777, 0292708785
LC Control Number99020938

Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges exerted a strong influence on the direction of literary fiction through his genre-bending metafictions, essays, and poetry. Borges was a founder, and principal practitioner, of postmodernist literature, a movement in which literature distances itself from life situations in favor of reflection on the creative process and critical self-examination. The complete review's Review. On the occasion of the centenary of his birth Viking/Penguin published three fat volumes of Borges' fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (collected, selected, and selected, respectively) -- an admirable attempt that still falls far short of the comprehensive presentation of Borges that so many clamour for. "Borges and I" By Jorge Luis Borges. From Borges’ Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings pp Notes and commentary by Martin Irvine. The other one, the one called Borges [1], is the one things happen to [2].I walk [3] through the streets of Buenos Aires and stop for a moment, perhaps mechanically now, to look at the arch of an entrance hall and the grillwork on the gate; I. About Jorge Luis Borges. Jorge Luis Borges (–) was an Argentine poet, essayist, and author of short stories. His most notable works as a key literary Spanish-language figure of the twentieth century include Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph).

If Borges’s fiction totals 1, pages, his nonfiction totals that several times over. He wrote film and book reviews, book prologues, essays on social events and philosophical ideas, as well as biographies of modern writers. He also published hundreds of articles on Argentine literature and culture — the tango, folklore, literature Author: Tom Griggs. Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez are both European American, male, 20th-century South American authors who wrote fiction and other genres. Borges was older and was from Argentina, in. For the first time in English, all the fiction by the writer who has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century collected in a single volume From Jorge Luis Borges s debut withThe Universal History of Iniquity, through his.   Everyone loves a list—especially a list of books. To that end, people (including certain people at a nice place called Literary Hub) are always asking famous writers to give them lists of books they love, and famous writers are always doing it, because again, who doesn’t like a list of books, and especially when those books are your own favorites, and you get to talk about them again.

If you have not yet read Jorge Luis Borges, you can find an absolute feast of his writings in the long-awaited Collected Fictions. Even if he is one of your favorite writers, this new book is cause for celebration. It's the first collection of all of the Argentine master's tales, and the first to be translated by the same person, Andrew Hurley. Search engine giant pays tribute to revered Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges for his contribution to science fiction and magical realism genres Published: 24 Aug Borges’s fiction often turns into mystical disquisitions that lend themselves particularly well to the essay form, in which his intricate style shines through with polished eloquence. The manuscript of “Robinson’s Library,” which is signed by Borges and displays his small neat handwriting, is dated circa , at a time when the author.

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Lay Borges and his fiction book and specialists alike will find his book a valuable and highly readable companion to Ficciones and El Aleph." —Choice.

Since its first publication inBorges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general Cited by: Borges’s first attempts at fiction appeared in the oddly titled Historia universal de la infamia (; English translation,A Universal History of Infamy, published in ).It was a kind of entry through the back door, since this literary curiosity was initially conceived and produced not as a book but as journalism.

Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to His Mind and Art at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.5/5(3). Lay readers and specialists alike will find his book a valuable and highly readable companion to Ficciones and El Aleph." —Choice.

Since its first publication inBorges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general. In particular, he offers a more complete look at Borges and Peronism and Borges’ personal experiences of love and mysticism, as well as revised interpretations of some of Borges’ stories.

As before, the book is divided into three sections that examine Borges’ life, his stories in Ficciones and El Aleph, and his place in world by: 5. During his next phase, Borges gradually overcame his shyness in creating pure fiction. At first he preferred to retell the lives of more or less infamous men, as in the sketches of his Historia universal de la infamia (; A Universal History of Infamy).To earn his living, he took a major post in at a Buenos Aires library named for one of his Borges and his fiction book.

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His lodestar, rather than truth or meaning, is stories and constructs that are, for him, intellectually or aesthetically pleasing. And I guess I don't share his aesthetic sensibilities. But my reservations regarding Borges do not extend to Bell-Villada's book.

Even fans of Borges probably would profit from reading BORGES AND HIS by:   Thanks for the A2A, Quora User. I agree with Surendran Rajendran that Labyrinths (or a similar collection) is the best place to start. In particular, the story I recommend first is “The House of Asterion.” It is short, even by Borges standards (he.

His characters—including the one called Borges, the recurring protagonist of so many of his fictions—tended to be ciphers.

They were fictions made from fiction, drawn from reading, not from life. As before, the book is divided into three sections that examine Borges’ life, his stories in Ficciones and El Aleph, and his place in world literature. The author of several works of criticism and fiction, Gene H.

Bell-Villada is Professor and Chair of Romance Languages at Williams College in Massachusetts. InHurley’s translation of The Book of Sand was bundled with four late Borges stories and published as The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory by Penguin Classic.

Previously only available in Viking’s Collection Fictions, these stories had originally appeared in the Spanish-only Obras Completas Jorge Luis Borges () was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A poet, critic and short story writer, he received numerous awards for his work including the International Publisher’s Prize (shared with Samuel Beckett).

He has a reasonable claim, along with Kafka and Joyce, to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Fictions (Spanish: Ficciones) is a collection of short stories by Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, produced between and The English translation of Fictions was published inthe same year as Labyrinths, a separate compilation of Borges's translated two volumes lifted Borges to worldwide literary fame in the s and several stories feature in : Jorge Luis Borges.

Chronology --Buenos Aires and beyond --Portrait of a mind --What Borges did for prose fiction --The apprentice fiction maker --Ficciones I: doubles, dreamers, and detectives --Ficciones II: the world within a book --El Aleph I: doubles and puzzles --El Aleph II: tales of action and violence --El aleph III: the visionary experience.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Jorge Luis Borges was one of those very rare creators who changed the face of an art form—in his case, the short story.

His work has been paid the ultimate honor of being appropriated and imitated by innumerable writers on every continent of the seventeen brief masterpieces of FICCIONES explode the boundaries of genre, offering up labyrinthine 5/5(1).

The closest approximation to Borges is a (supposedly) non-fiction book, Douglas Hofstadter's GODEL, ESCHER, BACH, which in all fairness should include Borges in the title instead of relying on Lewis Carroll for literary support. Of course, the inclusion of Borges would have rendered much of GODEL, ESCHER, BACH unnecessary.

5/5(5). Lay readers and specialists alike will find his book a valuable and highly readable companion to Ficciones and El Aleph."-Choice Since its first publication inBorges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general readers/5(17).

Borges breaks every writing rule in the book, "Show don't tell", "Center on your protagonist" "Begin with action, not exposition" and shows that the rules are for neophytes to "tolerable-up" their writing, not for a master whose rare gift transcends any finger-waggling from stuffy rule-makers/5().

Borges and His Fiction Bell-Villada, Gene H. Published by University of Texas Press Bell-Villada, Gene H. What made the book possible was a request from his publisher, Emece´, for a new full-length manuscript.

When Borges pro-tested that he had no written book immediately handy, his editor, CarlosCited by: 5. Borges Works: Nonfiction This page profiles Borges’ major works of nonfiction, including the books only available in Spanish.

With the exception of Viking’s Selected Non-Fictions, they are listed in order of gh the reader is free to skip to any book, I have attempted to create a chronological narrative that highlights Borges’ development as an essayist.

Lay readers and specialists alike will find his book a valuable and highly readable companion to Ficciones and El Aleph." —Choice Since its first publication inBorges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general Brand: University of Texas Press.

Borges’s bravura performances raise criticism to the power of poetry and are as exciting and imaginative as his celebrated verse and fiction." - Thomas Wright, Daily Telegraph "Edited by Eliot Weinberger, Selected Non-Fictions reveals an almost unknown Borges. Unlike earlier anthologists, Weinberger provides the full span of Borges' nonfiction.

Incorporates information that has become available since Borges' death in This book is divided into three sections that examine Borges' life, his stories in "Ficciones" and "El Aleph", and his Read more. The knowledge Borges brings to his non-fiction writings draws upon sources vast and obscure.

His scope makes parallels between the ancient past and dreams of the future. He charts such subjects as the histories of angels, dreams, archetypes, languages, and /5. Borges on the Couch. By David Foster Wallace. Nov. 7, there is little in his book about just why Jorge Luis Borges () is an important enough fiction writer to deserve such a.

Jorge Luis Borges, Aug (All but the last three articles are available in Penguin’s Borges: The Collected Fictions.) “Aug ″ “The Rose of Peracelsus” “Blue Tigers” “Shakespeare’s Memory” An Interview with Borges, with Maria Esther Vasquez A.

Synopsis This is a collection of Borges's fiction, translated and gathered into a single volume. From his debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through the influential collections "Ficciones" and "The Aleph", to his final work from the s, "Shakespeare Memory". /5().

A prolific writer of essays, short stories, and plays, Borges's concerns are perhaps clearest in his stories. He regarded people's endeavors to understand an incomprehensible world as fiction; hence, his fiction is metaphysical and based on what he called an esthetics of the intellect.

Some critics have called him a mystic of the intellect.4/5(1). One of Borges’ earliest narrative fictions, The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim (), is a brief review of a nonexistent book by a Bombay lawyer who “disbelieves in the Islamic faith of his. César Aira’s Infinite Footnote to Borges. By Alena Graedo n.

Janu the Captive” was modelled on the plot of one such book, he told me. Get book recommendations, fiction Author: Alena Graedon. Such traits, alongside Borges's habit of including himself as a character in his fiction, stem from a conviction that literature, history, identity and time are infinitely mutable elements of the.That said, his fiction and non-fiction frequently blur together.

A good way to start reading him would be to pick up Ficciones which includes a lot of his best stories. If you like them, you can buy the collected fiction, which is a really nice edition.

A typical Borges short story is an examination of some philosophical point in the form of a.