The question “which translation should I read of Borges?” is a complicated one to answer, as Borges is primarily known for his short stories, which have been collected and translated in various forms over the years. Any given short story may appear in one collection or another, and many of these collections were translated by multiple translators working together.

Historically, Borges’s fame in the English-speaking world started with the 1962 publication of two different and separately-translated short story collections, Ficciones and Labyrinths, which collected overlapping but different sets of stories. Of these, I judge Ficciones to be the superior collection of translations (perhaps because I read it first).

Most of the other writings of Borges have also received a recent translation by Andrew Hurley in the Viking/Penguin-published collections Selected Non-Fictions, Selected Poems, and Collected Fictions, subsets of which have been re-published in other collections, such as The Aleph and Other Stories, The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory, and A Universal History of Iniquity. Penguin has also published Hurley’s translation of The Book of Imaginary Beings, which is not collected in any of the larger volumes of translations. A subset of the translations from Labyrinths have also been collected alongside a handful of essays in the New Directions-published Everything and Nothing.

Norman Thomas di Giovanni also produced a number of translations in collaboration with Borges himself, however, most of these are out-of-print.

  Ficciones   Labyrinths   E & N
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius    
The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim    
Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote    
The Circular Ruins    
The Lottery in Babylon    
An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain    
The Library of Babel    
The Garden of Forking Paths    
Funes the Memorious    
The Form of the Sword    
Theme of the Traitor and the Hero    
Death and the Compass    
The Secret Miracle    
Three Versions of Judas    
The End    
The Sect of the Phoenix    
The South    
The Immortal    
The Theologians    
Story of the Warrior and the Captive    
Emma Zunz    
The House of Asterion    
Deutsches Requiem    
Averroes’ Search    
The Zahir    
The Waiting    
The God’s Script    
The Wall and the Books    
Kafka and His Precursors    
Borges and I    
Everything and Nothing