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By Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni

ISBN-10: 0525226702

ISBN-13: 9780525226703

In his writing, Borges constantly mixed excessive seriousness with a depraved experience of enjoyable. right here he unearths his enjoy re-creating (or making up) colourful tales from the Orient, the Islamic global, and the Wild West, in addition to his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and private betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. glowing with the sheer exuberant excitement of story-telling, this assortment marked the emergence of an completely specific literary voice.

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He was the son of the owner of a kosher restaurant, where men wearing rabbinical beards could safely partake of the bloodless and thrice-cleansed flesh of ritually slaughtered calves. At the age of nineteen, about , his father set him up in business with a bird store. A fascination for animals, an interest in their small decisions and inscrutable innocence, turned into a lifelong hobby. Years afterwards, in a period of opulence, when he scornfully refused the Havana cigars of frecklefaced Tammany sachems or when he paid visits to the best houses of prostitution in that new invention, the automobile (which seemed the bastard offspring of a gondola), he started a second business, a front, that accommodated a hundred cats and more than four hundred pigeons - none of which were for sale to anyone.

The boy of the sewer and the knock on the head rose to become a man of the frontier.

First (I believe), the brutal conviction that the senseless din of a hundred revolvers was going to cut them down at any moment; second (I believe), the no less mistaken certainty that if the first shots did not hit them they were invulnerable. What is without doubt, however, is that, under cover of the iron pillars and the night, they fought with a vengeance. Twice the police intervened, and twice they were driven off. At the first glimmer of dawn, the battle petered out - as if it were obscene or ghostly.

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