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The seventeen pieces in "Ficciones" demonstrate 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. 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. To enter the worlds in "Ficciones" is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything in between. Hide synopsis

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The Rigor of Magic

by rejoyce on Aug 15, 2007

The blind Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges' stories are riddles, conundrums, and metafictions, and Borges was recognized as the precursor to the Latin American "Boom." Ficciones is a representative collection of his work. The author revitalized imagination in the literature and liberated fiction from the need to document social reality. In fact, the stories pose an interrogation and challenge to material reality; Borges preferred detective stories and adventure tales, and viewed magic as a rigorous system with its own logic. Kafka comes to mind. For example, in "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote," the narrator subverts the canonical belief that Miguel Cervantes is the creator of the Spanish classic. In "The Circular Ruins," a stranger comes upon the temple of a syncretic religion to dream a human being into existence. Carlos Fuentes wrote, "Borges shuffles the genres, rescues all traditions, eliminates the bad habits and creates a new order of rigorousness" to forge a new language for Latin America. His stories will transport the reader into the labyrinth of other worlds.

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