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Biographical note

Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. A poet, critic and short story writer, he received numerous awards for his work including the 1961 International Publisher's Prize (shared with Samuel Beckett). He died in 1986. He has a reasonable claim, with Kafka and Joyce, to be the most influential writer of the 20th Century.

Andrew Hurley is Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He has translated works by Borges, Padilla and Arenas.

Main description

The most popular anthology of Jorge Luis Borges's short stories, Fictions is a wildly original and influential collection of fantastic tales, translated from the Spanish with an afterword by Andrew Hurley in Penguin Modern Classics.

Jorge Luis Borges's Fictions introduced an entirely new voice into world literature. It is here that we find the astonishing accounts of 'Funes the Memorious', the man who can forget nothing; 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', who recreates Miguel de Cervantes's epic word-for-word; a society run on the basis of an all-encompassing game of chance in 'The Lottery in Babylon'; the mysterious world of 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' which seems to be supplanting our own ; and the 'Library of Babel', which contains every possible book in the whole universe. Here too are the philosophical detective stories and the haunting tales of Irish revolutionaries, gaucho knife fights and dreams within dreams which proved so influential (and yet impossible to imitate). This collection was eventually to bring Borges international fame; over fifty years later, it remains endlessly intriguing.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A poet, critic and short story writer, he received numerous awards for his work including the 1961 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.

If you enjoyed Fictions, you might like Italo Calvino's The Complete Cosmicomics, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Hurley's efforts at retranslating Borges are not anything but heroic. His visions are clear, elegant, crystalline'

Ilan Savans, The Times Literary Supplement

'One of the most memorable artists of our age'

Mario Vargas Llosa

Rayons : Littérature générale > Littérature générale

  • EAN

    9780141183848

  • Disponibilité

    Épuisé

  • Longueur

    19.8 cm

  • Largeur

    12.9 cm

  • Poids

    148 g

  • Distributeur

    Side

  • Support principal

    Grand format

Jorge Luis Borges

1899-1986 - C'est dans le centre de Buenos Aires que Jorge L. Borgès voit le jour. Il passe son enfance à Palermo: "Il est vrai que j'ai grandi dans un jardin, derrière une grille à pointes, et dans une bibliothèque aux illimités livres anglais". Son père, professeur à l'Institut des Langues Vivantes, lui donne le goût de la littérature.En 1914, la famille s'embarque pour l'Europe et se réfugie à Genève pendant la première guerre. Là, le futur écrivain, encore adolescent, apprend le français.Les premiers poèmes et contes sont publiés dans des revues, en Argentine. En 1944, paraît le recueil "Fictions" et son auteur obtient le Prix d'Honneur de la Sade. Dès lors reconnu, il ne cessera plus de créer. Mais à partir de 1956, les ophtalmologues lui interdisent d'écrire et de lire: il dictera désormais ses textes à des collaborateurs copistes.Le plus fidèle d'entre eux est certainement Adolfo Bioy Casares ("L'invention de Morel", 1940). Le travail va réunir ces deux hommes différents et ils publieront souvent sous un pseudonyme commun comme pour mieux marquer l'osmose qui s'est accomplie entre eux.

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