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Laybrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
Laybrinths Selected Stories and Other Writings Author:Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths (1953) established Jorge Luis Borges as one of the most erudite and inventive authors of the twentieth century. Comprised of "little essays, short narratives", Labyrinths holds true to its title, weaving dense, folkloric tales into a mysterious web of symbolic, magnificently detailed intrigue. In one of Borges' most popular stories,... more » "The Lottery in Babylon", the plight of a citizen who "during a lunar year is declared invisible" prefigures the random trajectory of power in Babylonian society. Borges sets the stage for post-moden deconstructionism with "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote", in which the writer sets out not to copy, but to generate, word for word, the identical text of Cervantes masterwork. And on "Emma Zunz", verity is thrown on its head when, in an accusation of rape, all the particulars of the victim's story are true except for "the circumstances . . . the time, and one or two proper names."
A showcase of Borges' wealth of creative powers, Labyrinth also heralded a new kind of writing - one rich with material culled from numerous countries but free of specific nationality. A treasure for cultural critics and readers alike, Labyrinth remains an inceptive work of universal significance.« less