A Very Good plus copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with a short, closed edge tear at top edge of front panel and a touch of wear to the spine. The edges of the text block are lightly foxed. This collection of short stories first published in 1935 is responsible for the coining of the term "magical realism", and set the beginning of the movement. The stories except for one are fictionalized accounts of real criminals. The sources are listed at the end of the book, but Borges makes many alterations in the retelling—arbitrary or otherwise—particularly to dates and names, so the accounts cannot be relied upon as historical. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Borges first book of short stories is as good and entertaining as anything he wrote. It is probably not the first thing to read by him, though, simply because here he is still "testing" out his style. Do not misunderstand me. These stories have a style of its own, perfectly matching its kind and atmsphere. Only, it is not The Lybrary of Babel or The South... The book is composed of seven caricaturesque and tragic stories of real but not very well known historical characters (all of them linked to some crime or other); six brief pieces written by Borges as if he were someone else, or taken from imaginary books; and one story (Man on a pink corner) that is considered his first "all by himself" short-story, a crime situated in the 1900's slums of Buenos Aires with a twisted end and unique in Borges' ouvre for his use of slang and street language. Fun to read.
Language Notes: Text: English, Spanish (translation)
Title: A Universal History of Infamy.
Publication Date: 1972
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.
Book Description E P Dutton, 1972. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3098923
Book Description E P Dutton, 1972. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9797697
Book Description E P Dutton. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0525226702I5N00
Book Description E.P. Dutton, New York, 1972. First Edition and First Printing. A good copy of this key Borges work. Jacket is price clipped and shows a bit of edgewear with several small chips and tears. The text is clean and unmarked, though there is a lean to the spine. Remnants of a bookplate are on the front endpaper, but still a good copy. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000128
Book Description New York: E.P. Dutton, 1972, New York, 1972. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book is foxed and soiled on top edge; dust jacket rubbed at edges and yellowed on inside. Bookseller Inventory # 454
Book Description E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., New York, 1972. Hardback. First American edition. 9.25" x 5.75". 146pp. Red and black cloth, in dust wrapper. Small spot on the title page, else fine condition; fine dust jacket. A landmark work in Latin American fiction. Angel Flores, the first to use the term "magical realism", set the beginning of the movement with this book. A collection of short stories, most fictionalised accounts of real criminals. Bookseller Inventory # 26127
Book Description Dutton, New York, 1972. First U.S. Edition. First U.S. Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Norman Thomas di Giovanni. Originally written in 1935 as light entertainment, this collection of ironical stories made a much greater impression than the author intended it to. Borges is one of the greatest writers to have been overlooked by the Nobel Committee. 8vo cloth. Neat reviewer's (last) name front flyleaf. Aside from a thin line of fading along top edge of cloth & boards, a fine copy in a near-fine, unclipped dj with tiny tear at top rear panel near spine and some nicking at base of dj spine. Bookseller Inventory # 25683
Book Description E.P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. No markings. Stated First Edition on the copyright page. Dust jacket is in a protective cover. 146 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 94121
Book Description E P Dutton, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. First Printing. Good in dust jacket. Foxing to text block edge and yellowing to pages. Used, may have wear and markings but is still in solid reading condition. Pasadena's finest new and used bookstore. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000322020
Book Description E P Dutton, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0525226702