Books: The Dagger of Deliverance

THE ALEPH & OTHER STORIES 1933-1969 by Jorge Luis Borges. 286 pages. Duffon. $7.95.

Jorge Luis Borges has spent a lifetime trying to run away—with stunning success. In part it is the fixed writer of public renown that he fears and flees. Each of his tales represents an escape to some unexplored realm of the imagination. In the most recent stories in The Aleph, he has made still another escape: from intellectual labyrinths to the raw, stark world of the pampas.

As a boy, Borges marveled at the deeds of the footloose gaucho. His style easily accommodates to this new setting: before, it...

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