Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges

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A whimsical compendium of more than one hundred of the strange creatures conceived down through history by the human imagination, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures.
 

About Jorge Luis Borges

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Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays and short stories before his death in Geneva in 1986. He was director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. Mario Vargas Llosa, in a tribute to Borges, has written: 'His is a world of clear, pure, and at the same time unusual ideas expressed in words of great directness and restraint. [He] was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges' tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction...'
 
Published June 1, 1969 by E P Dutton. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In "The Book of Sand" (1975), Jorge Luis Borges describes a volume of inconceivably thin leaves in which no page is the first and no page the last, so that wherever you open it there is a different story, written in various indecipherable scripts.

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The Independent

The book is a gorgeous object, full of detailed illustrations and colourful typography.

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