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Borges, Jorge Luis & Casares, Adolfo Bioy (Translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni) . SIX PROBLEMS FOR DON ISIDRO PARODI. New York City, NY: E. P. Dutton, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of short fiction. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. Part of the ground-breaking and now-legendary series of translations by Normas Thomas di Giovanni of the author's works, all carried out with Borges' close collaboration. A handsome production by Jim McMullan: Regular-sized volume format. Handsome red-and-white boards with gilt titles on spine, as issued. Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents six short stories that represent the first of Jorge Luis Borges' several productive collaborations with Adolfo Bioy Casares. Long before the so-called post-modernist writers discovered and mined literary genres and sub-genres, Borges was already doing it. The stories in this collection blend unmistakable elements of science fiction, the thriller/detective genre, and fantasy as well the essay, autobiography, and literary criticism. "I do not dare to state that they are simple. There isn't anywhere on earth a single page or single word that is, since each thing implies the universe, whose most obvious trait is complexity. The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral" (Jorge Luis Borges). This utterance may well be Borges' artistic credo and they immediately show why his work is regarded as one of the most seminal ever written. Together with Alejo Carpentier and Machado de Assis, Jorge Luis Borges is considered among the very greatest Latin-American writers of our time, even by a much more popular figure like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose work would not exist without Borges' exemplary influence. "If you read Borges frequently and closely, you become something of a Borgesian, because to read him is to activate an awareness of literature in which he has gone further than anyone else" (Harold Bloom). A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Jorge Luis Borges collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is one of Borges' most collectible titles. This is one of very few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, an unread collector's copy. The nuanced painterly color on the spine is intentional on the part of the designer, not fading, as some dealers and collectors think. Most other copies available online have major flaws such as soiling, chipping, tears, and price-clipped. A rare copy thus. Jorge Luis Borges' body of work is regarded by Harold Bloom, George Steiner, and Susan Sontag as among the canonical works of modern literature. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JORGE LUIS BORGES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0525204806. $150.00

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