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Selected Non-Fictions von Jorge Luis Borges
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Selected Non-Fictions (Original 1999; 1999. Auflage)

von Jorge Luis Borges

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A collection of writings includes essays, literary and film criticism, biographical sketches, and lectures.
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Titel:Selected Non-Fictions
Autoren:Jorge Luis Borges
Info:Viking Adult (1999), Hardcover
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How can it be anything otherwise. Great words from a great man, putting his life and work in context. ( )
  Alan.M | Apr 16, 2019 |
Dear editors of 'selected' editions,

no, you don't need to include that. I recognize that you're fascinated by the idea that someone opposed fascism, but by and large, that's only worth a footnote. You also don't have to include this. Sure, it's interesting every now and then to see what a favorite author thinks about a book, but not *every* book. Don't you see, editor, what a disservice you're doing to these people? Just choose the very best, and leave the rest for later volumes.

On the other hand, who am I to complain? This is a lovely looking volume, despite the horrid ruffled pages (did all the book-cutting machines in the world break at the same time? Why do so many books come with this rubbish? How do you expect me to flick forward and back?), and contains wonders and wealth.

The downside to including so much is that Borges' world starts to look a little more restricted and a little less fascinating. There are only so many times you can go over the same themes, many of which are treated more effectively and more entertainingly in the fiction. There are a number of absolute must reads, particularly the Dante essays, and the writings brought together in section II.

One solution to my problem, of course, would just be to read what looks fascinating to you. But I like to finish books, so here I am: fascinated at times, but ultimately a bit disappointed that Borges wasn't treated better by Weinberger. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Borges is a reader's writer and he is a writer who reads; but unlike the many other writers who read he writes about reading as both an intellectual challenge and an inspiration (some might find that redundant). The connections he makes with writers from Plato to Cervantes, from Bacon to Mallarme, are made fascinating by his ability to be comprehensible while demonstrating an erudition that is almost beyond description. That his erudition does not obscure his attempt to share his ideas is one of his many charms.
This collection displays his writing skill in the essay, the prologue, the review, the lecture and the dictation of literary miscellany, all of which have their unique appeal. He reveals the mind of an omnivorous reader who is incapable of writing uninteresting pieces about what he has read and the surprising ideas and connections to which he is led by his reading. He shares his personal library; while elsewhere you learn about the synergy between Swedenborg and the Kaballah! The "Library of Babel" is represented and his comments make you suddenly want to go back and reread that wonderful story. One aspect of all of this is to provide some little insight into the mind of the writer who created the stories of Babel and Menard and the wonderful Ficciones that entrance your reader's mind.
I return to Borges to remind myself why I read and to find out more about the process, the act of reading, the humanity of it all -- the magic he performs is spiritual food for my soul. ( )
2 abstimmen jwhenderson | Sep 14, 2013 |
A high point in this volume comes in the form of the Nine Dantesque Essays (pp. 265-305). Having Borges' book and Dante's masterpiece open in front of me at the same time, witnessing what could rightly be called a conversation between those two demigods, was a singular experience in my career as a reader. If someday the stylistic circumstances recur that permitted an achievement like the Commedia, I believe that the author of the new one will tap Borges for duty as Virgil. If literature can be a kind of secular religion, you'll find no better guide through it's many circles, terraces, and spheres than the one who presents himself in this volume. No work is too humble to merit a word—a kind word—from Borges. No connection is too subtle for him to note. Ever wonder what Dante Gabriel Rosetti said about Wuthering Heights, and what that has to do with the short stories of Julio Cortazar? Neither did I, but now I'm glad to know.

Read it to rediscover the classics. Read it for the book recommendations. Authors I tired of in high school—Emerson, Whitman, Poe—suddenly form parts of my wishlist. Authors I never thought about attempting—Edward Gibbon, for instance!— are now vying for my attention. To read Borges as a reasonably well-read person is to be immensely flattered by how much better-read he assumes that you are. It's funny; I have a feeling of not wanting to disappoint him. I want to be up to the task of either agreeing or disagreeing with his assessments. Mostly, I want to be a part of his conversation.

The most striking thing to emerge here is a picture of Borges the person, and particularly his moral character. If you've read his stories only, as I had, it is easy to imagine an almost disembodied intellect as the responsible party. The Notes on Germany & the War (pp. 199-213) were a revelation in this respect, as were the late lectures entitled "Blindness" (p.473) and "Immortality" (p. 483).

The early essays are individually flawed and forgettable, and many were later disowned by their author. Rightly so. They were the work of a young man who had not yet fully digested his influences. In many cases, they appear to aim for the sound of intellectualism, without the substance. The first words of the first essay in this collection are: "Intention. I want to tear down the exceptional preeminence now generally awarded to the self..." This becomes unbelievably poignant after a reading of the entire collection. The ambition of this line becomes notably absent in Borges' mature tone. Any impetus towards destruction, even of outdated orthodoxies, is likewise dissipated. Instead, I think, for the mature Borges, reading widely became a way of loving widely. I share that aspiration, and that faith.
6 abstimmen polutropon | May 16, 2010 |
Contains essays, book and movie reviews, lectures, prologues, and dictations concerning a wide variety of subjects, some philosophical, others historical, others pop culture. No red flags, but some of the early work is tedious.
  chosler | Jan 20, 2009 |
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