Which stories in this are absolutely top tier/must reads? Perhaps a better question is, are there any that one should avoid/not bother with? Just got finished with the Aleph, my top five so far are probably "The Library of Babel", "The Lottery of Babylon", "The Garden of Forking Paths", "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths", and "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius".
Also general Borges thread.
OP here. I would tend to agree with you so far (minus a few stories that just didn't catch to me personally, but objectively I can respect). I think I'm just starting to fatigue from reading the same themes being elaborated on (mirrors, labyrinths, infinities). Might try to find something to read alongside it.
OP again. It was probably my favorite out of all of them so far.
"You who read me-- Are you certain you understand my language?"
I had to put the book down and take a fifteen minute walk with a big shit-eating grin on my face after reading that.
All are worthwhile, these are my favorites
Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote
Argumentum Ornithologicum (parody of the ontological argument)
Fune, his memory
The garden of forking paths
>tfw didn't like Tlön that much at all
Must reads are The Secret Miracle, The Shape of the Sword, Library of Babel, Garden of Forking Paths, The Immortal, the Nadhir (I think that's the word). But I enjoyed all of what I've read from him so far.
that's nice and all but borges metafiction can still be boring.
Sometimes I don't want to read a story about dream of a book about two gauchos having a shootout in a hall of mirrors that exists only in the dream of an immortal tiger stuck in an Aztec pit.
hue. I'm sooo witty
I must confess that I've read no other translation in its entirety, but I can say that I've compared passages from Hurley's translation to passages from the Yates and Irby edition... and Hurley doesn't really hold up IMO
One of my absolute favorites was "Three Versions of Judas". The intro to Ficciones was all like "exegesis is the basis of all sin" and I was all like "wow I don't know what that means" then I read this one and was all like "oooohhhh. . . shit."