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The groundbreaking trans-genre work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing is now frequently labeled Borgesian. Umberto Eco's international bestseller, The Name of the Rose, is, on one level, an elaborate improvisation on Borges' fiction The Library, which American readers first encountered in the original 1962 New Directions publication of Labyrinths.

This new edition of Labyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges' writing edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by André Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life. Borges enthusiast William Gibson has contributed a new introduction bringing Borges' influence and importance into the twenty-first century.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 05/17/2007
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.58lbs
Size: 8.02h x 5.28w x 0.78d
ISBN: 9780811216999

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 07/01/2007 pg. 135
Newsweek 08/04/2008 pg. 9