A Labyrinth of Labyrinth Books
More than half a century ago, Jorge Luis Borges created mazes both real and imagined in Labyrinths: Selected Stories, his classic book of metaphysical, mind-bending fiction.
In honor of Borges’ spirit of ingenuity (and his August birthday), we created a labyrinth of our own: a flowchart of books about winding paths, fantastical mazes, and twisty corridors of the mind.
Clicking the image below will open the full labyrinth in a new tab. Trace your route and click on the title you end on to open a link in the catalog. Wander at your own risk!
Labyrinth Books for Kids
Labyrinth Books for Adults
The Vorrh by Brian Catling
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
The Magus by John Fowles
Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune by Mary Jo Ignoffo
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(Thanks to Richert Schnorr for the amazing graphic design and Meredith Mann for help with the book recommendations!)
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