Emma Zunz

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"Emma Zunz" is a short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The tale recounts how its eponymous heroine avenges the death of her father.[1] Originally published in September 1948 in the magazine Sur, it was reprinted in Borges' 1949 collection The Aleph. The story deals with the themes of justice and revenge, and of right and wrong.[2] As in several other short stories, Borges illustrates the difficulty in understanding and describing reality. The story relies on issues of deceit, self-deception and inauthenticity to illustrate this.[1]

Screen adaptations[edit]

Various films have been based on Borges' "Emma Zunz":


  1. ^ a b Hall, J. B. (1982). "Deception or self-deception? The essential ambiguity of Borges' "Emma Zunz"". Forum for Modern Language Studies. 18 (3): 258–265. doi:10.1093/fmls/XVIII.3.258. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  2. ^ Porinsky, Rebecca (2002). "True Lies: Metaphysical games in Borges' "Emma Zunz"" (PDF). WELS and ELS Undergraduate Research Symposium. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dapía, Silvia (1993). Die Rezeption der Sprachkritik Fritz Mauthners im Werk von Jorge Luis Borges. Cologne, Weimar, Vienna: Böhlau.