Handpicked works from the greatest Argentinian writer of the twentieth century. “Without Borges the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist” (Carlos Fuentes, author and diplomat). After almost a half a century of scrupulous devotion to his art, Jorge Luis Borges personally compiled this anthology of his work—short stories, essays, poems, and brief mordant “sketches,” which, in Borges’s hands, take on the dimensions of a genre unique in modern letters. In this anthology, the author has put together those pieces on which he would like his reputation to rest; they are not arranged chronologically, but with an eye to their “sympathies and differences.” A Personal Anthology, therefore, is not merely a collection, but a new composition. “An important work, by far the best yet available to the reader . . . who seeks a representative sampling of the great Argentine writer . . . the standard introduction to Borges in England and the United States.” —Saturday Review
This is the last complete book published during Levi's lifetime to be translated into English and offers one final look into the mind of one of the most compelling and tragic witnesses of the twentieth century. In THE SEARCH FOR ROOTS, Levi has selected the thirty pieces of prose and poetry most important to him. In doing so, he considers how many of our 'roots' come from the books we've read, and reveals a great deal about both his own tastes and his intellectual preoccupations. Levi's many fans will be fascinated by the pieces he has chosen - with authors selected ranging from Homer, Swift and Melville to Darwin, Marco Polo and a scientist on Black Holes.
"John Bayley is a man who has spent a lifetime sampling books and libraries, as an epicure tastes fine wines. Bayley's Hand Luggage is his annotated compilation of those passages of poetry and prose which have meant the most to him on his journey through life." "Now in his mid-seventies, the distinguished critic looks back on a life in which reading has been his predominant occupation. In an extensive essay, prefaced to his personal selection of short extracts culled from a wide range of novels, letters, diaries, memoirs and poetry, Bayley considers the ways in which books have always been the essential items of luggage that have travelled with him. He remembers favourite books of childhood, the formative reading of his adolescent years and his academic interest in the works of Henry James, Leo Tolstoy and A. E. Housman. He also considers the ways in which books can alleviate low spirits in times of adversity, and includes the poetry which he found comforting during the final illness of his wife, Iris Murdoch."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
A poem does not have to be famous to be cherished. The best-known poems of Robert Burns have been loved by countless people over the years, but there are other poems that may be largely unknown that will mean a great deal to the few who are familiar with them. This anthology is a personal curation and not just a simple collection of poems. Each poem, handpicked by Alexander McCall Smith, leads the reader from one poem to the another. Intimate in tone, the editor shares the pleasure he finds in these poems through short epigraphs written for each piece.