By Ahmad Okhovat
Borges Book on Angels released in Persian
19 فروردين 1391 12:20
"Book of Angels", containing the writings of Jorge Luis Borges on metaphysical beings, is compiled into Persian by Ahmad Okhovat.
IBNA: The book is a Persian compilation as well as translation of Borges's views as Okhovat has collected scattered writings of him and compiled them in a single volume entitled as 'Book of Angels'. Borges's description of angels was once published as an index to a collection of articles titled as 'The Book of Imaginary Beings' released in 1963.
Each chapter of the book focuses on an angel and Okhovat has added detailed footnotes to the text elaborating on the Iranian-Islamic views of each angel as well. By reading the book, the audiences not only learn about Borges's personal views of the angels, they can also get familiarized with mythological functions of each angel.
"Although I could never understand why Borges stopped writing on angels (and it is still a mystery to me), I decided to revive these scattered writings in a volume, especially now that the author has flown to the world of shadows," Okhovat explains in his foreword.
Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, religion and God. His works have contributed to the genre of science fiction as well as the genre of magic realism, a genre that reacted against the realism/naturalism of the nineteenth century. Borges died in 1986.
"Book of Angels" including Jorge Luis Borges's writings is converted into Persian by Ahmad Okhovat and published by Ofogh in 152 pages.
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