Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Another Borges

Having just read Doctor Brodie's Report, I still felt the need for more Borges, so I turned to the anthology Extraordinary Tales, by Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, translated in 1971 by Anthony Kerrigan, and originally published in Spanish in 1953. Basically, it's a collection of passages, often of some kind of transformational scenes (mythological, philosophical, historical), from the editors' wide reading through world literature. Most source are verifiable, but some are not (or the passages that are given do not appear in the work cited), so there is some of the usual Borgesian playfulness. Overall, the tales are moderately interesting, but there are no real classics. Again, not first-tier Borges, but not without interest.

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