[racchabanda] రచ్చబండ కవితలు

 

In Short

 

A while ago, when Sarma Danturti is doing translations of Russian stories, in particular Tolstoy's, in eemaata magazine, I borrowed a book from Local library, on Russian short story.


In that book, Even though the introduction about evolution of Russian story is good, the book in total did not satisfy me. Mostly it remained a compilation of authors' bios in short and description of each short story, in a few lines.


I see that kind of writing from some Telugu people, who simply give a list of short stories and a synopsis of story. And they think they not only read the stories, but they also have written a comprehensive article on them. And they think they have also paid 'a tribute' to the short story writer at the same time.


I will simply think they have failed hopelessly. I dwell on them no further.


Having developed a fondness for Borges, I wanted to know him more. I bought two books in particular –

1. Jorge Luis Borges – Collected Fictions, Translated by Andrew Hurley

2. Comprehensive Research and Study Guide – Bloom's Major Short Story Writers – Jorge Luis Borges.


I do judge the books by the cover. These books are a delight to hold in hands. The feel of a book is important to me. The sensory pleasure of a sleek, glossy bound book is something I cannot foofoo or forego.


So far, I have read the story 'Death and compass.' I read it first because Harold Bloom said he liked it best and I, myself, like detective fiction.

 

Then I proceeded to read seven different writers' (from different nationalities, disciplines,) including the author himself, discussing this one short story. The pleasure I derived knew no bounds.

 

-Lyla


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