A Universal History of Infamy

by Jorge Luis Borges. Dutton, $6.95.
These sketches of remarkable scoundrels were written and first published in the 1930s, at a point when Mr. Borges, by his own ironic account, was “a shy young man who dared not write stories and so amused himself by falsifying and distorting (without any aesthetic justification whatever) the tales of others.” Minor Borges, then—but minor Borges is major reading. Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni.