Book of Imaginary Beings

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ISBN-13: 9780143039938
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Description: In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Ss with Jorge Luis Borgess 1957 compilation of 116 strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination, from dragons and centaurs to Lewis  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Ss with Jorge Luis Borgess 1957 compilation of 116 strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination, from dragons and centaurs to Lewis Carrolls Cheshire Cat and the Morlocks of H. G. Wellss The Time Machine. A lavish feast of exotica brought vividly to life with art commissioned specifically for this volume, The Book of Imaginary Beingswill delight readers of classic fantasy as well as Borgess many admirers.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1899, Jorge Borges was educated by an English governess and later studied in Europe. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1921, where he helped to found several avant-garde literary periodicals. In 1955, after the fall of Juan Peron, whom he vigorously opposed, he was appointed director of the Argentine National Library. With Samuel Beckett he was awarded the $10,000 International Publishers Prize in 1961, which helped to establish him as one of the most prominent writers in the world. Borges regularly taught and lectured throughout the United States and Europe. His ideas have been a profound influence on writers throughout the Western world and on the most recent developments in literary and critical theory. A prolific writer of essays, short stories, and plays, Borges's concerns are perhaps clearest in his stories. He regarded people's endeavors to understand an incomprehensible world as fiction; hence, his fiction is metaphysical and based on what he called an esthetics of the intellect. Some critics have called him a mystic of the intellect. Dreamtigers (1960) is considered a masterpiece. A central image in Borges's work is the labyrinth, a mental and poetic construct, that he considered a universe in miniature, which human beings build and therefore believe they control but which nevertheless traps them. In spite of Borges's belief that people cannot understand the chaotic world, he continually attempted to do so in his writing. Much of his work deals with people's efforts to find the center of the labyrinth, symbolic of achieving understanding of their place in a mysterious universe. In such later works as The Gold of the Tigers, Borges wrote of his lifelong descent into blindness and how it affected his perceptions of the world and himself as a writer. Borges died in Geneva in 1986.

Andrew Hurley is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Hurley is the author of Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 and Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis.

Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1982 Sis was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Sis decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. Sis then met Maurice Sendak who introduced him to children's books, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a career in children's literature. S�s earned quick acclaim with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, for which he did the illustrations. Sis is a five-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, as was Tibet Through the Red Box. Sis has also received a MacArthur Fellowship Sis' editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. He has also completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows.

Foreword to the First Edition: An Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
Foreword to the 1967 Edition
The A Bao A Qu
Abtu and Anet
The Monster Acheron
The Amphisbaena
Swedenborg's Angels
An Animal Dreamed
An Animal Dreamed
The Animal Dreamed
Two Metaphysical Animals
Animals That Live in the Mirror
Spherical Animals
Six-Legged Antelopes
The Three-Legged Ass
The Bahamut
The Baldanders
Banshees
The Basilisk
The Behemoth
The Bird That Makes the Rain
The Borametz
The Brownies
Buraq
The Cheshire Cat and Kilkenny Cats
The Catoblepas
The Centaur
Cerberus
The Chimaera
The Celestial Cock
The Crocotta and the Leucrocotta
A Crossbreed
The Demons of Judaism
Swedenborg's Demons
The Devourer of the Dead
The Double
The Dragon
The Chinese Dragon
The Western Dragon
The Elephant That Prefigured the Birth of Buddha
The Eloi and the Morlocks
Elves
Fairies
The Fastitocalon
Fauna of China
Fauna of the United States
The Chinese Fox
The Garuda
Gnomes
The Golem
The Gryphon
The Hairy Beast of La Ferte-Bernard
Haniel Kafziel, Azriel, and Aniel
Haokah, God of Thunder
The Hare in the Moon
The Harpies
The Hippogriff
Hochigan
Humbaba
The Hundred-Heads
The Hydra
Ichthyocentaurs
The Jinn
The Kami
A King of Fire and His Steed
The Kraken
Kronos or Herakles
The Lamed Wufniks
The Lamia
The Lemuri
The Leveler
The Offspring of Leviathan
Lilith
The Mandrake
The Mantichora, or Manticore
The Minotaur
The Ink Monkey
The Mother of Tortoises
The Myrmecoleon
The Nagas
The Nisnas
The Norns
Nymphs
Odradek
One-Eyed Beings
The Ouroboros
The Panther
The Pelican
The Perytion
The Phoenix
The Chinese Phoenix
Pygmies
Quyata
Remora
A Reptile Dreamed
The Roc
The Salamander
Satyrs
Scylla
The Sea Horse
The Eight-Forked-Serpent
The Simurgh
Sirens
The Sow in Chains
The Sphinx
The Squonk
The Celestial Stag
Sylphs
Talos
The T'ao-T'ieh
Thermal Beings
The Tigers of Annam
Trolls
The Unicorn
The Chinese Unicorn
Valkyries
Youwarkee
The Zaratan
Translator's Note
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