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New Universal History of Infamy, a (2004) [Collection]
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From 1933 to 1934, Jorge Luis Borges, the master of fiction whose work would change the literary world, published a series of "falsifications and distortions" in the Buenos Aires newspaper Critica. These "falsifications" used as their starting point the lives of real villains and desperados. Borges then elaborated using all of the anecdotes and myths about these historical characters, creating what amounted to "nonfictional fictions." The entire series was then published in book form as A Universal History of Infamy.

Now Rhys Hughes, a Welshman of some infamy himself, has summoned his vast storytelling powers to create A New Universal History of Infamy, with all-new historical characters as the focus of his nonfiction fictions. Come along on a wild ride with unsavory types of every description. Entertaining and erudite at the same time, Hughes' book also includes some of the literary parodies Borges himself delighted in creating.


    • Preface to the Unpublished Edition
    • Preface to an Imaginary Edition
  • A New Universal History of Infamy
    • The Brutal Buddha, Baron von Ungern-Sternberg
    • The Honest Liar, Denis Zachaire
    • Chewer of Hearts, François l'Olonnais
    • Trader of Doom, Basil Zaharoff
    • The Worm Supreme, Francisco Solano Lopez
    • The Worst Hero, Dick Turpin
    • The Maddest King, Henry Christophe
  • Streetcorner Mouse
  • Et Al
    • City of Blinks (Herbert Quain)
    • The Landscape Player (Fergus Hall)
    • The Spanish Cyclops (Felipe Alfau)
    • The Unsubtle Cages (Thomas Ligotti)
    • Celia the Impaler (Michel Leiris)
    • Alone with a Longwinded Soul (D.F. Lewis)
    • Monkeybreath (J. MeerKat & M. Rabbits -- from Thackery T. Lambshead)
    • Of Exactitude in Theology (Jaromir Hladik)
  • Surplus Parodies
    • Finding the Book of Sand (Jorge Luis Borges)
    • The Hyperacusis of Chumbly Mucker (John Sladek)
    • Ictus Purr (parody of Hughes in the style of the reader)
  • Unwise Appendix

Original title: A New Universal History of Infamy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionGeneral FictionHumorParody

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Edition #1: New Universal History of Infamy, a

New Universal History of Infamy, a (2004)
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Language: English

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New Universal History of Infamy, a (January 29, 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: San Francisco
Publisher: Night Shade Books
ISBN: 1892389835
Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.4 x 0.7
Pages: 184

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