Brodie's Report

Brodie's Report

At the age of seventy, after a gap of twenty years, Jorge Luis Borges returned to writing short stories. In Brodie's Report, he also returned to the style of his earlier work with its brutal realism, nightmares, and bloodshed. Many of these stories, including Unworthy and The Other Duel, are set in the macho Argentinean underworld, and even the rivalries between artists are suffused with suppressed violence. Throughout, opposing themes of fate and free will, loyalty and betrayal, time and memory flicker in the recesses of these compelling stories, among the best Borges ever wrote.

Title:Brodie's Report
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143039259
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    Brodie's Report Reviews

  • Glenn Russell

    Welcome to the many universes of Jorge Luis Borges. For those new to the author, this is an excellent place to start with Borges since these stories are accessible and straightforward, containing very...

  • Bill Kerwin

    In his old age, Borges--using Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills as his model--crafted these deceptively straightforward narratives in a new laconic style. Argentinian history, the half-savage Pampa...

  • Sidharth Vardhan

    "I do not aspire to be Aesop. My stories, like those of the Thousand and One Nights, try to be entertaining or moving but not persuasive."Most of the stories reveal in their real themes in spoilers. ...

  • Cecily

    ”I can’t say whether the story was true; the important thing… was that it had been told and believed.”I have the Collected Fictions (with copious translator's notes), but am splitting my revie...

  • Ian

    Brief Tales Composed in a Plain StyleIn the Foreword to this short collection, Borges pays tribute to the late "tortured and labyrinthine" stories of Rudyard Kipling, which he compares favourably to t...

  • Jim

    I am so wrapped up in the several worlds of Jorge Luis Borges that I am sometimes taken aback by the reactions of other readers. Doctor Brodie's Report is late Borges, and not at all in the same metap...

  • Juan Pablo

    Knives, knives, knives...I had forgotten how important they were. In fact, I've faced life until now without one (whether it has been a life at all might be the most poignant question).Borges is a mas...

  • Vinay Ayilavarapu

    Borges mentions that the inspiration for these stories was from Kipling's laconic masterpieces(hope to read them, someday). He stays true to his words. The stories here explore a wide range of themes ...

  • Cymru Roberts

    In the forward JLB says he set out to write minimalist stories like Robert Louis Stevenson. I can’t say if he is Stevensian or not, but I can tell you that these stories are minimalist masterpieces....

  • Regina Andreassen

    For years I have tried to like Borges. I love good Latin American literature, as a result I have read some of Borges's works but at this stage I shall admit that although Borges is generally considere...