The Book of Fantasy

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The Book of Fantasy

Anthology. Edited by Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy

Casares, and Silvina Ocampo
Original title

Antologìa de la Literatura

Translator None
Illustrator Penguin edition design by Richard Glyn Jones
Country Buenos Aires, Argentina; Great Britain
Language English & Spanish
Series Colección Laberinto
Subject Short stories and verse
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Editorial Sudamericana; Viking Penguin Inc.; Xanadu Publications Limited
Publication date
Published in English
December 1988
Media type Hardcover
Pages 328 (1940); 384 (1988)
ISBN 0-670-82393-7 (Penguin edition)
OCLC 17803482
808.83/876 19
LC Class PN6071.F25 A5513 1988

The Book of Fantasy is the second English translation of Antología de la Literatura Fantástica, an anthology of appromixately 81 fantastic short stories, fragments, excerpts, and poems edited by Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Silvina Ocampo. It was first published in Argentina in 1940, and revised in 1965 and 1976. Anthony Kerrigan previously translated the similar work Cuentos Breves y Extraordinarios as Extraordinary Tales, published by Herder & Herder in 1971. The 1988 Viking Penguin edition for English-speaking countries includes a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The idea and seed for this volume came into being one "night in 1937 in Buenos Aires, when Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Silvina Ocampo fell to talking - so Casares tells us - 'about fantastic literature. ..simply a compilation of stories from fantastic literature which seemed to us to be the best.'"[1]


Pagination is given per the Penguin edition.


  1. ^ pg 11, Le Guin's introduction