Books: Escape to Reality

DOCTOR BRODIE'S REPORT

by JORGE LUIS BORGES

128 pages. Dutton. $5.95.

Borges' best previous stories were strange, dreamlike fables that cast an oblique, ironic light on the doings of this world. In this latest group, the world is all too much with the author. These are mostly plain, unadorned tales—some harsh, some tender—of love, hate and the inevitability of death. In his preface, Borges admits giving up the "surprises inherent in a baroque style. Now, having passed 70, I believe I have found my own voice." Or is it, he asks himself, only the "fruit of weariness"?

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