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The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (original 1969; udgave 2006)
af Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Sis (Illustrator), Andrew Hurley (Oversætter)
The Book of Imaginary Beings af Jorge Luis Borges (1969)
The master, writing with sometime collaborator Guerrero, compiled 82 one- and two-page descriptions of everything from "The Borametz" (a Chinese "plant shaped like a lamb, covered with golden fleece") to "The Simurgh" ("an immortal bird that makes its nest in the tree of science") and "The Zaratan" (a particularly cunning whale) in An Anthology of Fantastic Zoology in 1954. He added 34 more (and illustrations) for a 1967 edition, giving it the present title, and it was published in English in 1969. This edition, with fresh translations from Borges's Collected Fictions translator Hurley, and new illustrations from Caldecott-winner Sis, gives the beings new life. They prove the perfect foils for classic Borgesian musings on everything from biblical etymology to the underworld, giving the creatures particularly (and, via Sis, whimsically) vivid and perfectly scaled shape. "We do not know what the dragon means, just as we do not know the meaning of the universe," Borges (1899-1986) and Guerrero write in a preface, and the genius of this book is that it seems to easily contain the latter within it.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)398.469Social sciences Customs, Etiquette, Folklore Folklore Paranatural and legendary phenomena as subjects of folklore Legendary minerals, plants, animals Animals
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