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Borges and His Fiction
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Since its first publication in 1981, Borges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general readers. Responding to a steady demand for an updated edition, Gene H. Bell-Villada has significantly revised and expanded the book to incorporate new information that has become available since Borges’ death in 1986. In particular, he offers a more complete look at Borges and Peronism and Borges’ personal experiences of love and mysticism, as well as revised interpretations of some of Borges’ stories. As before, the book is divided into three sections that examine Borges’ life, his stories in Ficciones and El Aleph, and his place in world literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface to the Revised Edition
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface to the 1981 Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Note on Page References
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxi-xxv
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  1. PART I: Borges's Worlds
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Buenos Aires and Beyond
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2. A Sort of Life, a Special Mind
  2. pp. 14-41
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  1. 3. What Borges Did for Prose Fiction
  2. pp. 42-59
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  1. PART II: Borges's Fictions
  2. p. 61
  1. 4. The Apprentice Fiction Maker
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. 5. Ficciones I: Doubles, Dreamers, and Detectives
  2. pp. 77-108
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  1. 6. Ficciones II: The World Within a Book
  2. pp. 109-141
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  1. 7. El Aleph I: Doubles and Puzzles
  2. pp. 142-180
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  1. 8. El Aleph II: Tales of Action and Violence
  2. pp. 181-208
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  1. 9. El Aleph III: The Visionary Experience
  2. pp. 209-243
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  1. PART III: Borges's Place in Literature
  2. p. 245
  1. 10. Dreamtigers and Later Works: A Tentative Summation
  2. pp. 247-267
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  1. 11. Literature and Politics North and South
  2. pp. 268-285
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  1. 12. Borges as Argentine Author: And other Self-Evident (If Often Ignored) Truths
  2. pp. 286-296
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. 297
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 299-308
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 309-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-325
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