Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
Monday, October 10, 2011 11:04:00 AM
A much lauded collection of seventeen pieces of short fiction by Borges, I picked up my copy on Amazon not knowing what to expect of this acclaimed Argentinian author. I think I was hoping to discover a contemporary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez whose imaginative work I could slowly sink into.
I was surprised to find that I came to consider Borges' work to be comparable more to Orwell or Huxley than Garcia Marquez. His short stories are indeed intriuging and sparkling original, each conceptually is quite socially high minded and entertaining at that same time. I suspect however some of his political anti communistic and anti facistic message has tarnished with time. Some of the resonanace his work found with his audience when originally published has faded somewhat even though many of his ideas remain crisp and his story telling compelling.
I wouldn't discourage a pursuer of Spanish American literature from picking up this collection, but I would advise using care in what expectations are laid upon it. It is my opinion that Borges was more influenced by his time in Switzerland and as a darling of the counter communist movement than by his regional contemporaries.