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By Jorge Luis Borges

ISBN-10: 0802190731

ISBN-13: 9780802190734

Original yr of publication: 1962

“Borges’s composed, conscientiously wrought, gnarled variety is right now the technique of his artwork and its object—his manner of ordering and giving desiring to the unusual and terrifying international he creates: it's a impressive, burnished software, and it's particularly sufficient to the extraordinary calls for his baroque mind's eye makes of it . . . . totally and such a lot vividly original.”—Saturday Review

The seventeen items in Ficciones reveal the gargantuan powers of mind's eye, intelligence, and magnificence of 1 of the best writers of this or the other century. Borges sends us on a trip right into a compelling, strange, and profoundly resonant realm; we input the worried sphere of Pascal’s abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of everlasting go back. extra playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges’s Prologues, short elucidations that supply the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and replicate the precision and efficiency of his mind and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with delusion. to go into the worlds in Ficciones is to go into the brain of Jorge Luis Borges, in which lies Heaven, Hell, and every thing in between.

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It is, however, no longer so resolutely Anglo, and there is the source of his concern. It is only necessary to recommit (itself a word with religious overtones) because of the risk of cultural backsliding, because the assumed clarity of the national culture is no longer so evident. In 2000 immigration to the United States was up from 646,568 in 1999 to 849,807. The top five countries of origin were Mexico (173,919), the People’s Republic of China (45,652), the Philippines (42,474), India (42,046), and Vietnam (26,747).

A few days after the century ended, President Clinton in a millennial State of the Union address, drew up his own balance sheet for the century. He spoke as if it was obvious that what Henry Luce dreamed of had come true. “We are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history,” he began, to applause from the senators and congressmen, some of whom had only weeks earlier been trying to impeach him. “Never before has our nation enjoyed, at once, so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis and so few external threats.

P. 256. 46. Malcolm Beith, “Latinos and Lucre,” Newsweek, November 22, 2004, p. 52. 47. New York Times, CNN exit polls, The Guardian, November 4, 2004, p. 3. 48. “The Triumph of the Religious Right,” The Economist, November 13–19, 2004, p. 29. 49. Andrew Sullivan, “Where the Bible Belt are Sinful and the Liberals Pure,” The Sunday Times, November 28, 2004, p. 15 50. Lanford Wilson, Book of Days (New York: Grove Press, 2000), p. 2. 51. Updike, Villages, p. 321. 52. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1950), p.

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