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Labyrinths. Selected stories & other writings. Edited by Donald A. Yates & James E. Irby. Preface by André Maurois. [With a portrait of the author.]

This is a collection, in translation, of the short, the very short stories, and a few of the critical essays of Argentina's most avant-garde writer. He was born of mixed Spanish, English, and remotely Portuguese-Jewish ancestry in Buenos Aires in 1899, inheriting as well the flux and inconsistency of a far-flung border area of Western culture. Borges began his litarary career as a poet, and then turned to these prose-poem stories and fables. They display an intellectual pyrotechnical brilliance, carried to the farthest limit. Borge's nihilism also far outstrips Sartre or Becket, and in comparison with his elegance, invention and universal culture, they are not much more than bourgeois humanists. This Argentinian, with a cabalistic turn of mind, takes all literature, philosophy and metaphysics as his domain and they become, as Andre Maurois says in his preface, "a game of the mind". Borges seeks to astonish and does so successfully.

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  • "Forty short stories and essays have been selected as representative of the Argentine writer's metaphysical narratives."
  • "Enter Borges' timeless worlds, where the ideal and the abstract challenge reality; where philosophical paradoxes and endless possibilities abound, and wisps of dream and magic are layered in eternal reoccurrence. To read Labyrinths is to glide through time, space, mythology and philosophy, as Borges' characters struggle towards devastating discovery. His essays and brief tantalizing parables explore the enigmas of time, identity and imagination. Playful and disturbing, scholarly and seductive, his is a haunting and utterly distinctive voice."
  • "Presented here are stories that are redolent with intelligence, a wealth of invention, and a tight, almost mathematically formal style that challenges with mysteries and paradoxes revealed only slowly after several readings."
  • "This is a collection, in translation, of the short, the very short stories, and a few of the critical essays of Argentina's most avant-garde writer. He was born of mixed Spanish, English, and remotely Portuguese-Jewish ancestry in Buenos Aires in 1899, inheriting as well the flux and inconsistency of a far-flung border area of Western culture. Borges began his litarary career as a poet, and then turned to these prose-poem stories and fables. They display an intellectual pyrotechnical brilliance, carried to the farthest limit. Borge's nihilism also far outstrips Sartre or Becket, and in comparison with his elegance, invention and universal culture, they are not much more than bourgeois humanists. This Argentinian, with a cabalistic turn of mind, takes all literature, philosophy and metaphysics as his domain and they become, as Andre Maurois says in his preface, "a game of the mind". Borges seeks to astonish and does so successfully."@en

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  • "Translations"
  • "Mystery and detective fiction"
  • "Tekstuitgave"
  • "Short stories"
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  • "Fiction"

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  • "Labyrinths. Selected stories & other writings. Edited by Donald A. Yates & James E. Irby. Preface by André Maurois. [With a portrait of the author.]"
  • "Labyrinths. Selected stories & other writings. Edited by Donald A. Yates & James E. Irby. Preface by André Maurois. [With a portrait of the author.]"@en
  • "Labyrinths"
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories & other writings"@en
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories & other writings"
  • "Labyrinths selected stories & other writings"@en
  • "Labyrinths: selected stories and other writings"
  • "Labyrinths: selected stories and other writings"@en
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories and other writings"
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories and other writings"@en
  • "Labyrinths selected stories [and] other writings"
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories"
  • "Labyrinths ; selected stories and other writings [translated from the Spanish]"@en
  • "Labyrinths selected stories and other writings"
  • "Labyrinths; selected stories and other writings [translated from the Spanish]"
  • "Labyrinths; selected stories and other writings [Borges]"
  • "Labyrinths : selected stories & [and] other writings"
  • "Labyrinths: selected stories and other writings: [translated from the Spanish]: edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby: preface by André Maurois"@en
  • "Labyrinths : Selected stories and other writings"
  • "Labyrinths; selected stories & other writings"@en
  • "Labyrinths; selected stories & other writings"

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