Year of Great Books

About Ficciones

What Jorge Luis Borges taught Slate’s Year of Great Books about free will, plot twists, and intellectual folly.

Jorge Luis Borges in 1921.
Jorge Luis Borges in 1921. Jbmurray/Wikimedia

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Slate books columnist Laura Miller and senior editor Laura Bennett discuss Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, the fifth selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books.

After you listen, check out Laura Miller’s introduction to Borges’ “metaphysical and pulpy” works, and the Paris Review’s 1966 interview with the author. And join the discussion in our private Facebook Group.

Joining us for our final book will be John Dickerson—Political Gabfester, Face the Nation host, former Slate chief political correspondent, and one-time English major. Listen to John and Laura discuss the shortlist of four classics here or in your podcast feed—and then cast your vote!