A Universal History of InfamyJorge Luis Borges
magical realism, short stories
Original title: Historia universal de la infamia, 1935, short non-fictional stories and literary forgeries. The edition of 1958 adds a prologue and several more literary forgeries.
Few readers will want, or be able, to resist this modern bestiary. Borges' cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) was an Argentine writer, essayist, and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. In 1955 he was appointed director of the National Public Library and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961 he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize, the Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. Borges himself was fluent in several languages. He