On Mysticism

On Mysticism

Book - 2010
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On Mysticism is a collection of Borges' essays, fiction and poetry that explores the role of the mysterious and spiritual in Borges' life and writing. Borges had profound knowledge of eastern religions and was raised by a philosophically astute father. As a result he was preoccupied with a metaphysical uneasiness that infiltrated his work. This book is a unique collection of Borges' meditations on the mystical realm that fascinated him so much.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143105695
Branch Call Number: 868.62 Borge
Characteristics: xx, 108 pages
Additional Contributors: Kodama, María


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Jul 19, 2016

"I, who had always thought of Paradise in from and image as a library."
Thought still something of a cult figure here, Argentine writer and polymath Jorge Luis Borges
was a colossus of 20th century Latin American literature, as important as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, if not as accessible. Penguin has been putting out slim volumes of his work organized by theme. There is also "On Writing" and "On Argentina." These pieces, which include essays, stories, poems, and a brief interview with Borges, deal more with the metaphysical than the mystical, but let's not split hairs (or "cabellos). Borges is way smarter than I am, so I had trouble following some of the pieces, but Borges is always a stimulating and challenging read. For a more comprehensive collection of his non-fiction, check out Penguin's deluxe "Selected Non-Fictions."

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