Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

by Jorge Luis Borges

Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm  
Format: Paperback
Pages: 287
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Translators: Donald A Yeats, James E Irby et al.
Editors: Donald A Yeats and James E Irby
Preface: André Maurois
Introduction: James E Irby
Language: English
Place of publication: London
Date of publication: 2000

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
(978-0-141-18484-5)

£9.99

synopsis

Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated 'Library of Babel', whose infinite shelves contain every book that could ever exist, 'Funes the Memorious' the tale of a man fated never to forget a single detail of his life, and 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', in which a French poet makes it his life's work to create an identical copy of Don Quixote. In later life, dogged by increasing blindness, Borges used essays and brief tantalising parables to explore the enigma of time, identity and imagination. Playful and disturbing, scholarly and seductive, his is a haunting and utterly distinctive voice.

This book will be the subject of discussion in week 2 of Dr William Rowlandson's seminar series 'Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal'.

Week 2: 'What is Borges?'

13 June 2016 | 6.00 - 8.00 pm | Wynter Room, Swedenborg House, London WC1A 2TH

Argentine poet, essayist and short story writer Jorge Luis Borges dedicated his life to exploring what he called ‘the interstices of unreason’ in the fabric of reality. In this session we will consider certain texts of Borges that illustrate the strange interrelationship between author, narrator, character and reader in ways that blur the divisions between fiction and non-fiction, fantasy and reality.