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The book of imaginary beings

Author: Jorge Luis Borges; Margarita Guerrero; Andrew Hurley
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
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"The book of imaginary beings is Borges's whimsical compendium of more than a hundred of "the strange creatures conceived down through history by the human imagination." Imbued with Borges's characteristic wit and erudition, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures to bring together in one delightful encyclopedia the fantastical inventions drawn from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bestiaries
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Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986.
Book of imaginary beings.
New York : Viking, 2005
(OCoLC)607753020
Online version:
Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986.
Book of imaginary beings.
New York : Viking, 2005
(OCoLC)607855619
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge Luis Borges; Margarita Guerrero; Andrew Hurley
ISBN: 0670891800 9780670891801
OCLC Number: 58422680
Description: xv, 236 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The a bao a qu --
Abtu and Anet --
The monster Acheron --
The amphisbæna --
Swedenborg's angels --
An animal dreamed by Kafka --
An animal dreamed by C.S. Lewis --
The animal dreamed by Poe --
Two metaphysical animals --
Animals that live in the mirror --
Spherical animals --
Six-legged antelopes --
The three-legged ass --
The bahamut --
The badlanders --
Banshees --
The basilisk --
The behemoth --
The bird that makes the rain --
The borametz --
The brownies --
Buraq --
The Cheshire cat and Kilkenny cats --
The catoblepas --
The centaur --
Cerberus --
The chimæra --
The celestial cock --
The crocotta and the leucrocotta --
A crossbreed by Kafka --
The demons of Judaism --
Swedenborg's demons --
The devourer of the dead --
The double --
The dragon --
The Chinese dragon --
The western dragon --
The elephant that prefigured the birth of Buddha --
The eloi and the morlocks --
Elves --
Fairies --
The fastitocalon --
Fauna of China --
Fauna of the United States --
The Chinese fox --
The garuda --
Gnomes --
The golem --
The gryphon --
The hairy beast of La Ferté-Bernard --
Haniel, Kafziel, Azriel, and Aniel --
Haokah, god of thunder --
The hare in the moon --
The harpies --
The hippogriff --
Hochigan --
Humbaba --
The hundred-heads --
The hydra --
Ichthyocentaurs --
The jinn --
The kami --
A king of fire and his steed --
The kraken --
Kronos or Herakles --
The lamed wufniks --
The lamia --
The lemuri --
The leveler --
The offspring of Leviathan --
Lilith --
The mandrake --
The mantichora, or manticore --
The minotaur --
The ink monkey --
The mother of tortoises --
The myrmecoleon --
The nagas --
The nisnas --
The norns --
Nymphs --
Odradek by Kafka --
One-eyed beings --
The ouroboros --
The panther --
The pelican --
The perytion --
The phoenix --
The Chinese phoenix --
Pygmies --
Quyata --
Remora --
A reptile dreamed by C.S. Lewis --
The roc --
The salamander --
Satyrs --
Scylla --
The sea horse --
The eight-forked-serpent --
The simurgh --
Sirens --
The sow in chains --
The sphinx --
The squonk --
The celestial stag --
Sylphs --
Talos --
The tʹao-tʹieh --
Thermal beings --
The tigers of Annam --
Trolls --
The unicorn --
Valkyries --
Youwarkee --
The zaratan.
Other Titles: Libro de los seres imaginarios.
Responsibility: Jorge Luis Borges with Margarita Guerrero ; translated by Andrew Hurley ; illustrated by Peter Sís.
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"The book of imaginary beings is Borges's whimsical compendium of more than a hundred of "the strange creatures conceived down through history by the human imagination." Imbued with Borges's characteristic wit and erudition, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures to bring together in one delightful encyclopedia the fantastical inventions drawn from the Kabbalah, Homer, Pliny, Confucius, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and C.S. Lewis, among others. Here readers will find the familiar and expected Dragons and Centaurs, Unicorns and Gnomes, as well as the less familiar and altogether unexpected Animals That Live in the Mirror, The Elephant That Prefigured the Birth of Buddha, the Hairy Beast of La Ferte-Bernard, and other undeniably curious creatures. Throughout, Borges's cunning and humorous commentary is sheer delight." "For this new illustrated edition of The Book of Imaginary Beings, Viking has paired Andrew Hurley, the acclaimed translator of Borges's Collected Fictions, with award-winning illustrator Peter Sis, whose original drawings appear throughout the book. The result is a wonderful work - an Alice-Through-the-Looking-Glass menagerie, which should appeal to fantasy fans of all stripes and ages."--Jacket.

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