The Sonnets

The Sonnets

A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text

Written by:
Introduction by: Stephen Kessler
Edited by: Suzanne Jill Levine
Edited by: Stephen Kessler
Notes by: Stephen Kessler

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106012
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult



This landmark collection brings together for the first time in any language all of the sonnets of Jorge Luis Borges. More intimate and personally revealing than his fiction, and more classical in form than the inventive metafictions that are his hallmark, the sonnets reflect Borges in full maturity, paying homage to many of his literary and philosophical paragons-Cervantes, Milton, Whitman, Emerson, Joyce, Spinoza-while at the same time engaging the mysteries immanent in the quotidian. A distinguished team of translators-Edith Grossman, Willis Barnstone, John Updike, Mark Strand, Robert Fitzgerald, Alastair Reid, Charles Tomlinson, and Stephen Kessler-lend their gifts to these sonnets, many of which appear here in English for the first time, and all of which accompany their Spanish originals on facing pages.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Sonnets

The Sonnets

Written by: Jorge Luis Borges, Introduction by: Stephen Kessler, Edited by: Suzanne Jill Levine, Edited by: Stephen Kessler, Notes by: Stephen Kessler