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Its enormous influence on writers aside, Ficciones has also--perhaps more importantly--changed the way that we read. Borges's Pierre Menard, for instance, undertakes the most audacious project imaginable: to create not a contemporary version of Cervantes's most famous work but the Quixote itself, word for word. This second text is "verbally identical" to the original, yet, because of its new associations, "infinitely richer"; every time we read, he suggests, we are in effect creating an entirely new text, simply by viewing it through the distorting lens of history. "A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships," Borges once wrote in an essay about George Bernard Shaw. "All men who repeat one line of Shakespeare are William Shakespeare," he tells us in "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." In this spirit, Borges is not above impersonating, even quoting, himself.
It is hard, exactly, to say what all of this means, at least in any of the usual ways. Borges wrote not with an ideological agenda, but with a kind of radical philosophical playfulness. Labyrinths, libraries, lotteries, doubles, dreams, mirrors, heresiarchs: these are the tokens with which he plays his ontological games. In the end, ideas themselves are less important to him than their aesthetic and imaginative possibilities. Like the idealist philosophers of Tlön, Borges does not "seek for the truth or even for verisimilitude, but rather for the astounding"; for him as for them, "metaphysics is a branch of fantastic literature." --Mary Park
Borges is my favourite writer, and this is his best collection. I'm not going to go into great detail why I love Borges, just go out and read him. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2000 von Chris Buchholtz
Succintly put, this is the best writer of our time. Read it an yo'll see why. Also read in spanish if at all possible. Oh and have a dictionaery handy. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 3. November 1999 von manuel villalon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is probably the best book by Borges (The Aleph is also excellent). You can read this book a hundred times and still enjoy it. If you can try to read it in Spanish.Am 7. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
Nobel Prize for Eugenio Montole (1975), not for Borges? I don't know. This work is simply amazing. I don't want to say anymore. You are missing your time reading me. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
This book is able to change your life completely. The intrinsec darkeness of fears, dreams, imagination, made into ficticious stories that reflect our inner self.Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 1999 von Jia Shu Lin(email@example.com)
Borges succeeds where many attempt and fail...he makes the reader think (God forbid!). He achieves this task naturally, so that the reader does not feel forced into doing... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
According to Ernesto Sabato, in this book "the influence that Borges has increasingly had on Borges reaches an unbeateable degree. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 1999 von Marcelo Córdoba (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Borges is definitely not your typical writer. These stories are the works of a very intelligent author. Each time I read these stories, I learn more and more about myself. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 15. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht