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Borges, Jorge Luis (Translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni). THE BOOK OF SAND. New York City, NY: E. P. Dutton, 1977. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 125 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of short stories. One of Jorge Luis Borges' finest achievements. 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 very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and as 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. An austerely elegant production by Jim McMullan: Regular-sized volume format. Brown-and-cream boards with gilt titles on spine, as issued. Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges. Bibliographical Note appended at the end. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "El Libro de Arena" in a definitive translation by Borges' greatest translator. Individually and collectively, they are Borges' last published collection in English and represent the crown jewels of his oeuvre. Both the eponymous short story and "The Congress" are regarded by Borges himself as among his most finished work. Why has Latin American writers' (such as Roberto Bolano) and our own fascination with Borges endured (long after our interest in his contemporaries and successors passed) ? One answer: Long before the so-called Post-Modernist writers discovered and mined literary genres and sub-genres, Borges was already doing it, without its being named as such. The stories in this collection blend science fiction, the thriller/detective genre, and fantasy as well the essay, autobiography, and literary criticism. Why the conflation of various literary genres? "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 statement, cited by writers who could not be more different from one another as Gore Vidal, Italo Calvino, and Susan Sontag, all of them luminaries, may well be Borges' artistic credo. His last collection shows Jorge Luis Borges, together with Alejo Carpentier and Machado de Assis, to be One of the Triumvirate of modern Latin-American literature, revered even by a much more popular figure like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose work would not exist without their 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). An absolute "must-have" title for Jorge Luis Borges collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce 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 0525069925. $150.00

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