The Book of Fantasy

Jorge Luis Borges, Author, Ursula K. Le Guin, Introduction by, Jorge Luis Borges, Other
Jorge Luis Borges, Author, Ursula K. Le Guin, Introduction by, Jorge Luis Borges, Other Viking Books $19.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-670-82393-2
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Originally conceived of by its Argentinian editors in 1937, and now published in English for the first time, this unusual and provocative volume is an omnibus collection. In addition to stories by Ballard, Poe, Saki, Max Beerbohm, Ray Bradbury, May Sinclair, de Maupassant and Julio Cortazar, there are shorter pieces, anecdotes, folkloric fragments, dreamlike moments. Most of the 79 selections are only a paragraph or two long, giving us brief passage into magical visions of the world culled from the work of an international array of authors of the past three centuries, including less well-known authors such as Santiago Dabove, Edwin Morgan and Niu Chiao. The keynote tale may well be Borges's own ``Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius'' in which an imaginary world, conjured up by manufactured documentation, ends up eroding our reality: reality is malleable, and imagination necessarily subverts and alters it. (Dec.)
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