With the notable exception of Douglas Adams' wildly popular "Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe"-series (where the imaginary guidebook plays a major role), fictious books aren't a very common occurrence.
Recently I read Jorge Luis Borges' story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", and it contained a lot of imaginary books in which an entirely imaginary country's history, political life et cetera is detailed, including "History of the Land Called Uqbar" and "First Encyclopedia of Tlön".
Now, Brian Quinette has created the Invisible Library collecting information about all kinds of imaginary books that appear inside other books. Very nice :-)
Anders Jacobsen |