After almost a half a century of scrupulous devotion to his art, Jorge Luis Borges personally compiled this anthology of his work-short stories, essays, poems, and brief mordant sketches,” which, in Borges’s hands, take on the dimensions of a genre unique in modern letters.
Borges’s composed, carefully wrought, gnarled style is at once the means of his art and its object-his way of ordering and giving meaning to the bizarre and terrifying world he creates: it is a brilliant, burnished instrument, and it is quite adequate to the extreme demands his baroque imagination makes of it . . . . Absolutely and most…
In this anthology, the author has put together those pieces on which he would like his reputation to rest; they are not arranged chronologically, but with an eye to their sympathies and differences.” A Personal Anthology, therefore, is not merely a collection, but a new composition.
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