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New Directions Publishing, May 17, 2007 - Literary Collections - 240 pages

The classic by Latin America's finest writer of the twentieth century—a true literary sensation—with an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson.

The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges' fiction "The Library," which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.

This new edition of Labyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges' writing edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by André Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges' influence and importance into the twenty-first century.

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Labyrinths: selected stories & other writings

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This volume combines 23 short stories, ten essays, and nine parables-a wonderful variety of Borges's writings. It also sports a new intro by sf star William Gibson and a chronology of Borges's life. Read full review

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Selected pages


An Invitation by William Gibson
Tlön Uqbar Orbis Tertius
The Garden of Forking Paths
The Lottery in Babylon
The Circular Ruins
Funes the Memorious
Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
The Secret Miracle
The Sect of the Phoenix
The Theologians
Emma Zunz
Averroes Search
The Waiting

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About the author (2007)

Jorge Luis Borges (1890-1982), Argentine poet, critic, and short-story writer, revolutionized modern literature. He was completely blind when appointed the head of Argentina’s National Library.

William Gibson is a professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford Brookes University. He is also academic director of the Westminster Institute of Education.

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