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The Book of Fantasy

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The Book of Fantasy

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Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Adolfo Bioy Casares
Silvina Ocampo
Publisher: Carroll & Graf, 1990
Viking, 1989
Xanadu, 1988
Original Spanish publication, 1940
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Book Type: Anthology
Genre: Fantasy
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The Book of Fantasy is the second English translation of Antología de la Literatura Fantástica, an anthology of appromixately 81 fantastic short stories, fragments, excerpts, and poems edited by Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Silvina Ocampo. It was first published in Argentina in 1940, and revised in 1965 and 1976. Anthony Kerrigan previously translated the similar work Cuentos Breves y Extraordinarios as Extraordinary Tales, published by Herder & Herder in 1971. The 1988 Viking Penguin edition for English-speaking countries includes a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The idea and seed for this volume came into being one "night in 1937 in Buenos Aires, when Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Silvina Ocampo fell to talking - so Casares tells us - 'about fantastic literature. ..simply a compilation of stories from fantastic literature which seemed to us to be the best.'"

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