Borges Works
Collaborations

Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi

With Adolfo Bioy-Casares. Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni.

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981, ISBN 0-525-20480-6; Paperback. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

This work is a collection of spoof detective stories written in 1942 under the pen name of "Bustos Domecq," a pseudonym that combined the family names of both Borges and Bioy-Casares. (In fact, Borges' first pen name was "Francisco Bustos," used when he published "Streetcorner Man" in Crítica.) The stories tell the tale of a detective confined to a jail cell, while at the same time acting as a satire on Argentine society. For years it was not made known that "Bustos Domecq" was really Borges and Bioy-Casares. Additional commentary is planned for the future.

Chronicles of Bustos Domecq

With Adolfo Bioy-Casares. Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni.

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1979, ISBN 0-525-47548-6; Paperback $6.00. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

Another collaboration with Adolfo Bioy-Casares. First published in 1969, this book is written as if it were the work of a fictional literary journalist, the same Bustos Domecq who supposedly penned Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi. Chronicles is composed of short essays on subjects that range from "abstract art" to works of imaginary fiction. By bringing this pompous critic to life, Borges and Bioy-Casares are able to slyly attack the precepts of modernism and literary criticism -- indeed, in many ways it parodies the "ficciones" of Borges himself. It is a very funny book, with definite echoes of the Borgesian style he uses in his more straightforward fiction.

The Book of Imaginary Beings

With Margarita Guerrero. Translated and revised by Norman Thomas di Giovanni in collaboration with Borges.

1. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1969, ISBN 0-525-06990-9; Paperback. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

2. Garnder's UK, 2002, ISBN 0099442639. [Browse/Purchase]


UK Penguin

Published as El libro de los seres imginarios by Editorial Kier, S. A., Buenos Aires, in 1967; based on an earlier work called Manual de zoología fantástica from 1957. The English translation was through E. P. Dutton, with Norman Thomas di Giovanni and Borges working together. From the Dutton preface:

The first editionof this book, containing eighty-two pieces, was published in Mexico in 1957. It was called then Manual de zoología fantástica (Handbook of Fantastic Zoology). In 1967, a second edition -- El libro de los seres imginarios -- was published in Buenos Aires with thirty-four additional articles. Now, for this English-language edition, we have altered a good number of the original articles, correcting, adding, or revising material, and we have also compiled a few brand-new ones. This latest edition contains 120 pieces.

Unfortunately for Borges enthusiasts, the death of Edward Gorey deprived the world of a new, illustrated version of Borges' fantastic zoology. Upon his death in 2000, one of the projects left unfinished was a new edition of -- The Book of Imaginary Beings for Penguin; Andrew Hurley was to provide a new translation, and Gorey the illustrations.

Extraordinary Tales

With Adolfo Bioy-Casares. Edited and translated by Anthony Kerrigan.

New York: Herder and Herder, 1971. Hardcover. Out of print. [Search for a Copy]

Commentary is planned for the future.

An Introduction To American Literature

With Esther Zemborain de Torres. Edited and translated by L. Clark Keating and Robert O. Evans

1. University Press of Kentucky, 1971, ISBN 0813112478; Hardcover. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

2. New York: Schocken, 1971, ISBN 0805204032; Paperback. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

I do not have this book, but according to Peter MacGougan, "the original title is given as, Introduccion a la literatura Norteamericana (Columba, Buenos Aires, 1967). It consists of fourteen essays, with such titles as, 'Hawthorne and Poe,' 'Whitman and Herman Melville,' 'The Detective Story, Science Fiction, and the Far West,' 'Transcendentalism,' and 'The Expatriates.'"

New Chronicles of Bustos Domecq

With Adolfo Bioy-Casares.

Ediciones Librería La Ciudad, 1977.

Published as Nuevos cuentos de Bustos Domecq in 1977, this is the third and final "Bustos Domecq" book, and it has yet to be translated into English.

Atlas

With María Kodama. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan.

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1985, ISBN 0-525-24344-5; Hardcover. Out of Print. [Search for a Copy]

This is a 1984 collection of short texts that accompany photographs taken during travels with his future wife, María Kodama. Commentary is planned for the future.

"Borges Works" Pages

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Fictions and Artifices -- Short stories; the core Borges works.

Nonfiction -- Collections of essays and lectures.

Poetry -- Brief notes for Borges' poetical works.

Interviews -- Collections of interviews or conversations.

Bibliography -- A list of Borges' short stories with their original titles and publishing information.


--Allen B. Ruch
29 January 2003


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