Ficciones es una obra imprescindible en la literatura contemporánea que merece su lugar destacado en cualquier canon de la literatura universal. Aquí se reúnen dos libros de Borges: El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941) que incluye ocho relatos y Artificios (1944) con nueve cuentos.... read more
THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS (8 stories)
•“Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”– A reference to an imaginary country leads the author deeper into a different linguistic reality.
•“The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim” – A review of a work of detective fiction concerned with the quest for an unreal person.
•“Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote” – Borges explains why Menard’s twentieth century (but identical) Quixote is superior to that of Cervantes’.
•“The Circular Ruins” – A mystic visionary attempts to dream a human into being.
•“The Babylon Lottery” – The history of a society ruled by the random, invisible, and godlike Company.
•“An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain” – Reviews of three strange pieces of fiction by a very unusual author.
•“The Library of Babel” – The tale of a man, perhaps Borges himself, a caretaker in the Library of infinity.
•“The Garden of Forking Paths” – A unique spy story about an impossible book and a mythical labyrinth.
ARTIFICES (9 Stories)
•“Funes, the Memorius” – A nineteen year old invalid reveals that language is an inadequate tool for those who can forget nothing.
•“The Form of the Sword” – The tale of an Irish expatriate and the scar on his face.
•“Theme of the Traitor and Hero” – When history repeats literature, looking deeper often reveals the hand of hidden forces.
•“Death and the Compass” – A detective story in which the ineffable name of God is the principal clue.
•“The Secret Miracle” – A writer’s last days under a Nazi death sentence.
•“Three Versions of Judas” – A “review” of the work of Nils Runeberg, a modern heresiarch, and his views on the nature of Judas Iscariot.
•“The End” – A completion of José Hernández’ great folk poem about Martín Fierro.
•“The Sect of the Phoenix” – The sectarians are a cult that have survived the ages, judiciously keeping the Secret which unites them.
•“The South” – In this semi-autobiographical tale, a copy of the Thousand and One Nights precipitates the strange sickness of an Argentine nationalist.
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