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25th anniversary of his death 1899 1986 From oddvisercomitaly The truth is I grew up in a garden behind lanceolate railings and in a library of unlimited English books Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges possibly one of the greatest readers of all time lost his eyesight later in life I believe the most terrible thing to have happen to a reader is to lose their ability to see Yes with Audible now making thousands of books available to be read to people a blind reader has not completely lost the way to their magical escape tunnels to other worlds Maybe if I were blind I could convince myself that I ve returned to the age of Homer where an oral tradition is the only means to pass on stories to others but that will be a difficult transition for me I am a reader I process words much differently by reading them than by having them read to me so I do think that if I did lose my eyesight I would be frankly finished as a readerThe uestion would be which is very much a Borges type uestion is who then would I be The blind Borges became Homer a lecturer who travelled the world sharing brilliant suppositions by pairing bits of knowledge from here and there that were only made possible by his prodigious reading These wonderful suppositions new revelations of what makes us tick as thinking human beings were only made possible because of all the information he had stored in his brain frombooks So when someone says to me why do I need to know anything when everything is on the internet I always say having the information available doesn t mean that you have the capacity to make the connections to fully comprehend and use that knowledge or for that matter even know what to google in the first place Borges had the internet in his head I never really know how to review collections of short stories without the reviews becoming ponderously long I decided to share a few uotes from the stories that I find to be interesting My notes from reading this book are vast and easily could have led to a dissertation many times longer than the original source material I desisted For those readers who struggle with Borges s text don t worry I struggled as well I had to read and reread sections of the story to make sure that I captured of what Borges meant I am positive many times that I failed to completely comprehend all that he intended for me to glean from his writing My advice is to forge ahead keep swimming from island to island of wonderfully written passages Do not become overly anxious I do not want you to get a cramp and drown in the Borges Sea From the far end of the corridor the mirror was watching us and we discovered with the inevitability of discoveries made late at night that mirrors have something grotesue about them Then Bioy Casares recalled that one of the heresiarchs of Ubar had stated that mirrors and copulation are abominable since they both multiply the numbers of man Tlon Ubar Orbis Tertius I d never really thought of mirrors as abominations before Though mirrors have been associated with sex probably from the moment the inventor of mirrors first hung a shard on the ceiling over his bed fanciful supposition One of the schools in Tlon has reached the point of denying time It reasons that the present is undefined that the future has no other reality than as present hope that the past is no than present memory Another school declares that the whole of time has already happened and that our life is a vague memory or dim reflection doubless false and fragmented of an irrevocable process Tlon Ubar Orbis Tertius I can remember pondering the concept of time as a child and wondering why we are so obsessed with it when it constantly reminds us of the uick passage of our lives If we don t know what time it is or what day it is or what year it is we can t possibly be crippled by the knowing our own age We would be perpetually as young as we think ourselves to be I cannot imagine the universe without the interjection of Edgar Allan Poe Pierre Menard Author of Don uixote Poe so ignored by his own country for most of his life Thank goodness the Europeans and one Argentinian European in particular saw his merit Every man should be capable of all ideas and I believe that in the future he will be Pierre Menard Author of Don uixote Ideas used to travel so slowly It is almost as if Borges is anticipating the internet Of course as I stated earlier in this review people must still have a wide base of knowledge in their own head to fully appreciate or apply the brilliant ideas of others With relief with humiliation with terror he understood that he also was an illusion that someone else was dreaming him The Circular Ruins This would explain a lot Whoever is dreaming me needs to drink less alcohol or shoot less heroin because I could really use a coherent path forward I deeply lament having lent irretrievably the first book he published to a female acuaintance The Work of Herbert uain Ahh yes who hasn t lent a book to a saucy literary woman or a handsome poetic man with the hopes of words shared easing the assault on their virtue The problem of course is that rarely do lent volumes return to us The rule clearly for readers and especially collectors is to never lend a book that you expect to get back uain was in the habit of arguing that readers were an already extinct species The Work of Herbert uain If they were really serious about saving readers as a species they would have us behind bars in book filled zoos encouraging us to reproduce with one another Library of Babel I suspect that the human species the uniue human species is on the road to extinction while the Library will last on forever illuminated solitary infinite perfectly immovable filled with precious volumes useless incorruptible secret The Library of Babel There was a time I would have agreed with Borges It is a nice thought that our libraries would exist beyond us but with the current rate of libraries going extinct especially in the United States I would have to say that our species or some devolved illiterate form of it may outlive our libraries Of course when the internet goes black and the electrical grid goes dark guess who will still have books to readme Candlelight was good enough for Honest Abe It is certainly good enough for me Whosoever would undertake some atrocious enterprise should act as if it were already accomplished should impose upon himself a future as irrevocable as the past The Garden of the Forking Paths I could have used this advice several times over the course of my business career when I sold pieces of my soul To imagine that the act is already done would have eased the moment when the loss is weighed measured and excised In all fiction when a man is faced with alternatives he chooses one at the expense of the others In the most unfathomable Ts ui Pen he chooses simultaneously all of them The Garden of Forking Paths I was thinking as I read this how useful it would be to run simulations of several choices that could show me the outcomes not only of the first decision but the rippling effects of that decision over the next ten years The interesting thing in watching how people make decisions is that even if they have the percentages before them of potential success they will still go with those fabled gut instincts even though the simulation shows a much lower potential for success We are a baffling species naturally distrustful of knowledge What one man does is something done in some measure by all men The Form of the Sword The capacity for greatness or horror exists in all of us To celebrate one is to celebrate all To condemn one for an act is really in many ways condemning us all The next time I kill you said Scharlach I promise you the labyrinth made of the single straight line which is invisible and everlasting Death and the Compass This has got to be one of the most uniue death threats I ve ever heard uttered If only Clint Eastwood was still making Dirty Harry movies The time for your work has been granted The Secret Miracle We can only hope right I hope Borges accomplished most of what he wanted before the final swing of the glittering scythe I do want to encourage everyone that if there is something you know you should be doing you should get to it If you have been putting off asking the libidinous hope springs eternal librarian out on a date do it If you are supposed to be painting writing or starting your own business move the time table up The sand in the hour glass is flowing faster than you think and there will be times when it inexplicably speeds up Carpe Diem If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page Os entre ellos «La muerte y la brújula» historia de una tortuosa venganza «Funes el memorioso» una larga metáfora del insomnio y «El Sur» «acaso mi mejor cuento» ha comentado el propio Borges.
Maze of misconceptions false steps and deception was a main influence on Foucault s Pendulum by Umberto Eco There are things in heaven and earth HoratioThan are dreamt of in your philosophy I ve ust finished the seventeenth and final story in this volume My symmetry loving self is pleased to note that I ve been reading and rereading these seventeen Borges stories for exactly seventeen days Incidentally Borges says reality favours symmetriesAnother symmetry which strikes me is that the seventeenth story mirrors the fifteenth story which is called The End though we might expect the seventeenth story to be called The End instead In any case the seventeenth story is packed with many of the elements I had noticed in the earlier stories which makes it the perfect one to end the volume as well as to use as a launch pad for my thoughts on this first Borges reading experience The South for that is the name of the seventeenth story begins in a typical as I now realise Borges manner with a factual sounding paragraph that could be straight out of an essay or a history book Precise dates and place names and other historical references add weight to this impression and the reader might feel overwhelmed by the amount of detail packed into that first paragraph Which details will be useful ones to remember later I wondered as my mind reeled from the concentration of facts The dates themselves destabilised me because one minute the story seemed to be set in 1871 and the next in 1939 Borges often uses numbers shapes places and compass points in his stories and that numerical spatial geometrical and temporal data combined with uncertainty about whether the facts are historical or fictional made me feel as if the ground was shifting beneath my feet as in the twelfth story Death and the Compass the second crime occurred on the night of the third of Januaryand the letter prophesied that on the third of March there would not be a fourth crimeBut Dead Boy just when I might abandon a story in confusion as you might abandon this review Borges offers an axiom that has the effect of a strong coffee setting me back on solid ground able to pay complete attention and avoid being slapped in the face by any further red herrings destiny can be ruthless at one s slightest distraction This is the stage when the story proper begins or perhaps continues since Borges likes to drop us into the middle of a story from time to time Or indeed the story might not begin at all leaving the narrative to continue in the mode of an essay That s only one of the games Borges likes to play with his readers and when I understood how playful his writing could be I enjoyed his stories much I also learned to look out for the signs that I shouldn t take everything literally as in the story called The Sect of the Phoenix which seems to be about a secret activity known only to an obscure group but instead turns out to be about something we all do instinctively and without which life couldn t go on The story is very funny especially as Borges inserts corks and sealing wax into the scenario However humour is generally not so apparent in Borges s writing and certainly not in the ninth story about Ireneo Funes who is cursed with a phenomenal memory not only of every word he had read but every transient pattern on water or in the sky every scrap of dream he ever had The oddest thing about that odd story is that as I read it I remembered reading it before though I had been certain that this volume of stories was my first experience of reading Borges Unfortunately unlike Ireneo I cannot recollect where or when I read Funes the Memoriousust that I did By stressing the weightiness of Borges s stories and the red herrings that distracted me sometimes I may have given the impression that the stories are long The opposite is true The South might well be one of the longest at only eight pages while The End is one of the shortest at a mere four pages and is an example of Borges s ability when he so chooses to make every word count the setting the timing the obliue view of the action are precise and perfectAs I said earlier those two stories are mirror images of each other and what s The South is divided into two halves which are mirror images of themselves Orbis terrarum est speculum Ludi The world is mirror to the game says Borges in the thirteenth story uoting a sixteenth century Latinist Indeed mirrors and symmetry seem to be as much a part of his writing tools as games themselves are And although he is Argentinian it s as if the entire world is his playing field or his chessboard to continue the mirrorgame metaphor As I began each new story I never knew where it was going to be situated south or north west or east And I was pleasantly surprised to find that several stories were set in my native country or at least had characters who came from there They weren t the most heroic of characters perhaps but I have no illusions about my countrymen so I wasn t perturbed In any case the countries Borges des The author is a master of mixing fantasy and philosophy He has been credited as a pioneer in magical realism in Latin American literature In this classic collection most stories are almost as much essays as they are short stories Recurring themes are non existent and ancient books Time Geometry Gnosticism Mirrors Encyclopedias Chess Labyrinths Imaginary worlds Memory and mnemonics Infinity in books libraries and labyrinths All possible outcomes like infinite universes in which every act and its result are mirrored by the opposite act and the opposite result Or maybe the opposite act and the same result lol Here are a few examples of the 17 storiesThe Library of Babel perhaps his best known story combines almost all of the list in the previous paragraph The library is God or the universe Every book is mirrored by one with all the opposite conclusions Tlon Ubar Orbis Tertius is a story that gives us imaginary countries and worlds that get into encyclopedias and take on a life of their own Like imaginary islands One of the schools of Tlon has reached the point of denying time It reasons that the present is undefined that the future has no other reality than as present hope that the past is no than present memory This story calls to mind the fake stories that keep resurfacing and periodically go viral on the internet This week for example in Feb 2019 fact checking sites are once again refuting claims that 98 million Americans got cancer from the polio vaccineIn The Garden of Forking Paths a Chinese spy for the Germans against the British can only pass on his secret information by killing someone Meanwhile we hear speculation on the garden is it a true labyrinth or a book about the labyrinth In The Secret Miracle a man is condemned to the firing suad basically for being an erudite Jew He tries to stop his execution by attempting to foresee all the details of the endless possibilities of the execution number of soldiers firing how far away they stand where it will take place etc knowing that it is impossible to imagine all these details correctly so that if he imagines all possible scenarios his execution can t happen He prays for a year to finish the book he is working on He is granted that wish to finish the book in his head in the suspension of time between bullets leaving the guns and their impact on his bodyThree Versions of Judas is in effect a religious work arguing that Judas betrayal of Christ was superfluous His action wasn t needed to betray a master who daily preached in the synagogue and performed miracles before gatherings of thousands of people But maybe the betrayal was necessary for God to prove his divinityAnd we have humorA hotel which most manifestly unites the hateful whiteness of a sanitorium the numbered divisibility of a prison and the general appearance of a bawdy house This delay in an execution was due to a desire on the part of the authorities to act slowly and impersonally in the manner of planets or vegetables In life he suffered from a sense of unreality as do many Englishmen dead he is not even the ghostly creature he was then Why a rating of 4 rather than 5 Perhaps because the stories are starting to show their age They were all written in the 1940 s and 50 s Maybe we need a new translation the edition I read was translated in 1956 Borges has had so many imitators some are uite good such as the stories by his countryman Julio Cortazar in All Fires the Fire which I reviewed here s fun to think how Borges would be writing stories today about the internet and cell phones Illustration of the Library of Babel from americandigestorgPhoto of the Borges Labyrinth in Venice planted on the. Ue da título a la recopilación dos breves narraciones fantástico simbólicas de excepcional calidad «Pierre Menard autor del uijote» y «La Biblioteca de Babel» Artificios lo forman nueve cuent.
355 There can be at times circumstances that affect your thoughts on what s being read Or even Mud and Stars just the way that you read it This is one of those very occasion where I will undoubtedly benefit reading again It s clear to see why Jorge Luis Borges is regarded as one of the 20th century s most inventive writers and Ficciones is a collection of small stories that are on a grand scale but my overall problem was going through three or four at a time and finding them hard to digestumping from one to another ust didn t work for me And only read the last few days apart giving me a chance to fully think about edited on 270519 I now held in my hands a vast and systematic fragment of the entire history of an unknown planet with its architectures and its playing cards the horror of its mythologies and the murmur of its tongues its emperors and its seas its minerals and its birds and fishes its algebra and its fire its theological and the metaphysical controversies all oined articulated coherent and with no visible doctrinal purpose or hint of parody What could be said about a book which is in itself many books in a book or many authors in one for are you capable enough to said anything What g A series of laconic fantastical tales that provoke thought at every turn The collection s made up of seventeen stories packed with irony metaphors and allusions to works of literature from a vast array of places and times but all the pieces have easy to understand concepts In one the writer allegorizes the universe as infinite library and in another he explores Argentinian identity through a man s fantasy of a heroic death The work invites rereading Borges looked inside the swirling mind of man and made a maze of it A glorious maze The maze that is Ficciones is a maze built of mazes one opening unto another circling around and looping back an infinity of mazes small as the smallest of small minds large as the universe can be imagined Its architecture is delicate and refined the wry wit of its creator is apparent in every twist and turn Borges maze gently mocks yet empathizes with the self important the self absorbed and the self denying He understands the foibles of man and his maze offers diverse commentaries on such things But there are darker things lurking beneath that amiable surface Ficciones is than an academician s cleverly constructed playground Beware the prickly thorns of this maze There is anger there under the charm and the playful games anger at the systems of man and the futility of certain behaviors at the machinery of government There is sadness there too at the thought of those who would treat such mazes as homes at the machinations of fate Like every writer he measured the virtues of other writers by their performance and asked that they measure him by what he conjectured or planned An ironic dig but that phrase is than a shot fired Borges is fascinated by the concept that if something has been thought about has acuired meaning through that contemplation then that something has become real Thought creates its own reality and reality is composed of varied systems of being and behavior thought becomes the way that reality is interpreted and therefore enacted Ficciones tells stories about stories each story is about the perspective of mankind the symbols this species clings to the metaphors they attempt to turn into living breathing reality Ficciones is an imaginarium it is a weird and haunted carnival of games and sideshows come to life It is a dazzling display of comic sometimes cosmic gems and each gem includes a seam of tragedy fractures that ca Reading Borges is always a challenge When you read his stories it seems you are reading everyone else s There is a lot of references in his work and if you want to truly kind of understand it or begin to you have to do a little research He ends up being an invaluable teacher Labyrinths mirrors libraries dreams fantasy religion philosophy epistemology My love for philosophical literature began with this author My all time favorite story is Las Ruinas Circulares the power of thoughts Con alivio con humillaci n con terror comprendi ue l tambi n era una apariencia ue otro estaba so ndolo What a beautiful line to end a story I prefer uoting Borges in his own language my language I do the same with English speaking writers Being able to read JLB in Spanish is a privilegeTl n Ubar Orbis Tertius is another Eros Unbound (Great Loves, jewel with a line I never forgotlos espejos y la c pula son abominables porue multiplican el n mero de los hombresI also liked La loter a de Babilonia Elard n de senderos ue se bifurcan Funes el memorioso La biblioteca de Babel brilliant And I should stop here I loved every piece of amazing and confusing literature this guy wrote So this is a useless too subjective review because I absolutely love Borges writing Despite the fact he makes me feel plain stupid most of the timesJLB and his blindness nice oxymoron He saw things beyond the ordinary human eye He created universes troubled authors fake books never ending labyrinths and a uniue way of writing about all that and He is one of those great writers that makes you feel like everything has already been writtenMay 05 14 Also on my blog Blind to all fault destiny can be ruthless at one s slightest distraction Reading Jorge Luis Borges is a bewildering experience and a challenge all in one There is no logically understanding the mazes Borges creates but that is what fantastical realism is all about Ficciones is a labyrinth beautiful and witty of ideas and feelings that mock and conuers the readerBorges can speak for himself who am I to explain his brilliance and imagination When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books the first impression was one of extravagant happiness All men felt themselves to be the masters of an intact and secret treasure There was no personal or world problem whose elouent solution did not exist in some hexagon The universe was ustified the universe suddenly usurped the unlimited dimensions of hope At that time a great deal was said about the Vindications books of apology and prophecy which vindicated for all time the acts of every man in the universe and retained prodigious arcana for his future Thousands of the greedy abandoned their sweet native hexagons and rushed up the stairways urged on by the vain intention of finding their Vindication These pilgrims disputed in the narrow corridors proffered dark curses strangled each other on the divine stairways flung the deceptive books into the air shafts met their death cast down in a similar fashion by the inhabitants of remote regions Others went mad The Vindications exist I have seen two which refer to persons of the future to persons who are perhaps not imaginary but the searchers did not remember that the possibility of a man s finding his Vindication or some treacherous variation thereof can be computed as zero A masterpiece not to be missed To me Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges is the ultimate anthology of short stories I find in it everything I ever want to find in literature reality and surreality realness and surrealness fables and parables legends and myths mysticism and philosophy history and fantasy and an endless enigmaI owe the discovery of Ubar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia The mirror troubled the far end of a hallway in a large country house on Calle Gaona in Ramos Mejia the encyclopedia is misleadingly titled The Anglo American Cyclopaedia New York 1917 and is a literal though also laggardly reprint of the 1902 Encyclop dia Britannica The event took place about five years agoYes use a combination of mirrors labyrinths and books and you too will be capable to live an idyllic fabulous and mysterious life whenever you wish With one uick look you and I perceive three wineglasses on a table Funes perceived every grape that had been pressed into the wine and all the stalks and tendrils of its vineyard He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on the morning of April 301882 and he could compare them in his memory with the veins in the marbled binding of a book he had seen only once or with the feathers of spray lifted by an oar on the Rio Negro on the eve of the Battle of uebracho Nor were those memories simple every visual image was linked to muscular sensations thermal sensations and so on He was able to reconstruct every dream every daydream he had ever hadA perfect memory and ability of perfect vision turns into a curse and we understand that our capability to forget is actually a divine giftAnd Death and the Compass is an utmost detective story an utter post noir tale for me I believe that this elaborate. Se reúnen en Ficciones dos libros de Jorge Luis Borges fechados en 1941 y 1944 El ardín de los senderos ue se bifurcan está compuesto por ocho relatos entre los ue cabe destacar además del cuento.
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges Spanish pronunciation xoɾxe lwis boɾxes was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain On his return to Argentina in 1921 Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals He also wo