"I would define the baroque as that style that deliberately exhausts (or tries to exhaust) its own possibilities, and that borders on self-caricature."-JLB
One of the earliest collections of the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, who many view as the father of modern Latin American literature and, perhaps, the first "magical realist." Published in 1935 and revised in 1954 (Borges's prefaces are included), these short pieces find Borges rewriting crime stories from other sources and the colorful cast of characters includes ronins, gangsters, slavers, and Billy the Kid. The mix of high and low is a distinguishing feature of Borges's work. A slim, very enjoyable collection that is more accessible than much of his later, more esoteric work. Also see "Labyrinths."
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