| August 9, 2011

Title: Ficciones

Author: Jorge Luis Borges

Translator: Anthony Bonner

Editor: Anthony Kerrigan

Publisher: Grove Press, 1962

Call Number: PQ7797 .B635 F5 2008

From the Publisher: “The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal’s abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges’s Prologues, brief elucidations that offer the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.”

A note from a staff member: If one is in need to be reminded of the unequivocal importance of cultivating one’s imagination–of letting it roam freely in the realm of thought–then, as a remedial measure, this staff member urges that you pick up a copy of Borges’ marvelous Ficciones, and experience the transition from the realm of nature to the realm of imagination that Borges portrays. And if this staff member may be permitted to say so (though he knows not what this exactly means): Borges’ fiction surpasses mere fantasy.

On the Web:

Amazon; Amazon.2 (entire collection of Borges’ fiction in English here)