Jorge Luis Borges has long been acknowledged as a master of short fiction writing; here he reveals himself to be equally adept in his non-fictional output which ranges across philosophical essays, biographies and literary criticism.
I love this book. The ideas, the expression, the style, the fine economy and the wit; everything about it is exceptional. So much to learn and so pleasurable. As he says: "Nothing comic is not serious".
Borges was master of concision, and most pieces in this collection are no longer than 4 pages long. The collection is beautifully translated from the original Spanish into English, and miraculously manages to preserve Borges' voice. English-speaking readers will be unfamiliar with Broges' non-fiction, as he is known primarily as an author of fiction. "The Total Library" reveals to this reader that Borges was also an essayist on a par with Bacon.
Covering a wider range of topics than one would expect to find in one volume of non-fiction literature, The Total Library is a mine of extraordinary information, and Borges guides the reader through its twists and turns with typical style.
No literary figure of the 20th century had wider or more eclectic interests than Jorge Luis Borges. The magical realism of his incomparable short stories and poems is reflected in the wide reading, thoughtful reflection and sheer intellectual exuberance of these essays. Brilliant!