Books: The Two Twilights of a Poet

THE BOOK OF IMAGINARY BEINGS by Jorge Luis Borges. 256 pages. Dutton. $6.95.

Jorge Luis Borges is a quiet, delicate, blind old man who lives in Argentina. Though he has been writing for nearly 50 years, hardly anyone in the U.S. had heard of him until a decade ago. Today, especially among the literate young, he is recognized all over the world as a brilliant, exotic and curiously endearing literary figure. Borges is a poet as well as a prose master. But his most characteristic creations are unique short stories, which he calls ficciones....

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