Cuentos breves y extraordinarios by Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares

By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares

Comprender l. a. esencia de lo narrativo constituye el propósito primordial de esta excelente y singularísima antología. Los textos más variados, de distintas épocas y lugares y autores diversos; desde Chuang Tzu y Las mil y una noches hasta Max Jacoob y Martín Búber, así como Plutarco, Diderot, Kafka, O. Henry, Paul Valéry y Alfonso Reyes, entre muchos otros, incluso algunos de unbelievable existencia, se dan cita en estas páginas que, sin duda, deleitarán con su sutil encanto y su doble escritura incluso al lector más desprevenido. Y seguramente, éste llegará a compartir el juicio de Borges y Bioy Casares: «Lo esencial de lo narrativo está, nos atrevemos a pensar, en estas piezas, lo demás es episodio ilustrativo, análisis psicológico, feliz o inoportuno adorno verbal».

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I THE LABYRINTH OF LOVE
Souvenir from the Mountains 3
A Roman delusion 14
A mystery Casanova 19
An Affair 23
Women Are All the related 29
Men Are All the comparable 37
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In the meantime, far from their homelands, in exile, the anointed of all the nations will continue to exercise their complete powers, just as they had received them from their fathers and God, in order that the peoples, when they realize what they have done, will have a ready and efficient apparatus of power and authority with­ out which they would face certain death in the dregs of anarchy. The sole just republic, the republic of 23 L u c ifer U n e m p lo y e d kings in exile, will be a convincing model of the beneficence of the monarchic order.

Leaving these superfluous digressions to sworn historians, then, let us return to our barricades, where death, reaped with carbines and cannons, is not neglecting the rational sports cul­ ture of its lower extremities, either. First Fred Cook got off the barricade. The blood of a born soccer player took over in him as soon as he saw the shot the police officers had missed. Paying no heed to the bullets which, whistling like innocent flies, stung harder than the tsetse and paying no heed to death, which in this instant knocked comrade 37 L ucifer U nemployed Tom, Police Officer No.

Surrounded by coral reefs, it constituted an almost inaccessible volcanic pla­ teau, twelve hundred meters above sea level. Lying in the path of trade winds, the island possessed a wonderful, healthy climate and luxurious flora, and lent itself well to colonization. On the south side it was jagged, on the remaining three sides straight, so that it resembled a crown. The head of the scientific expedi­ tion that first landed on the island, a confirmed German mon­ archist, called it the Isle of the Kings.

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