Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s pale gray cloth, spine stamped in silver and dark gray, taupe endapers, original printed dust jacket.
"A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations." First US edition of the Argentine master fabulist’s nonfiction tour de force. Exemplifying his vast knowledge of literary, historical, and philosophical traditions, Borges's essay collection takes in key figures such as Kafka, Hawthorne, Coleridge, Cervantes, John Wilkins, and Pascal; advances a universal language; rationalizes suicide; contends with the Western notion of time, and more. Fervently written, this wide ranging collection reveals many of the foundational themes and inspirations for Borges's fiction; with an index. Translated by Ruth L. C. Simms, with an introduction by Borges scholar, editor, and translator James Irby. Originally published in Argentina in 1952, and issued here as part of the publisher's Texas Pan-American series. Slight dustiness to top edge; unclipped dust jacket moderately soiled. Very good. Item #4457