A universal history of infamy

Speculative fiction by Jorge Luis Borges
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A Universal History of Infamy, or A Universal History of Iniquity, is a collection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges, first published in 1935, and revised by the author in 1954. Most were published individually in the newspaper Critica between 1933 and 1934. Angel Flores, the first to use the term "magical realism", set the beginning of the movement with this book. The stories are fictionalised accounts of real criminals. The sources are listed at the end of the book, but Borges makes many alterations in the retelling—arbitrary or otherwise—particularly to dates and names, so the accounts cannot be relied upon as historical. In particular, The Disinterested Killer diverges from its source material. Two English translations exist, the first from 1972 and the second from 1999. The 1972 English edition was translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni. The 2004 English edition, translated by Andrew Hurley, was published by Penguin Classics, a division of British publisher Penguin Books.

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