Ficciones – February 2015

About This Project

FICCIONES, by Jorge Luis Borges

Selected by Pit Hartling and Roberto Mansilla


“Jorge Luis Borges’s writings are full of magical concepts. Most of them are of a timeless and universal, sometimes quasi-mathematical nature (impossible objects, aspects of infinity, …), and I think his sense for magical plot and atmosphere can be very inspiring.”

– Pit Hartling


“For me, one of the greatest things in magic is the ability to make literal (transform into reality) what Immanuel Kant called the ‘aesthetic ideas.’ In Ficciones, you will find a lot of ideas to transform, a lot of things to bring to reality, a lot of beautiful things. Ficciones is a great source of inspiration, not only because of the ideas, but for the way they are written: with the elegant, exquisite, ironic prose of one of the greatest authors of the century.


But to read must not be something you do because of something ‘material.’ You must read because you love it. Reading Ficciones will make you have a great, great time, it will make you happier and, like anytime you read a great book, it will make you a better person. (Did I go too far?)”

– Roberto Mansilla


About the Book

The most popular anthology of Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories, Ficciones (Fictions) is a wildly original and influential collection of fantastic tales, translated from the Spanish. With this key work, Jorge Luis Borges introduced his new voice into world literature. Every piece collected in Ficciones demonstrates the whirlwind of Borges’s genius, enhancing the precision and potency of his particular intellect and creative inventiveness. Borges takes us on a journey that is at the same time compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, one of a kind master of his craft.


About the Author

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A poet, critic and short story writer, he received numerous awards for his work including the 1961 International Publisher’s Prize (shared with Samuel Beckett). He has a reasonable claim, along with Kafka and Joyce, to being one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, says that Borges is “One of the most memorable artists of our age.”