Jorge Luis Borges: Ficciones

Reading Borges is always a challenge When you read his stories it seems you are reading everyone else s There is a ot of references in his work and if you want to truly kind of understand it or begin to you have to do a After little research He ends up being an invaluable teacher Labyrinths mirrorsibraries dreams fantasy religion philosophy epistemology My The Key of David love for philosophicaliterature 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 In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories l tambi n era una apariencia ue otro estaba so ndolo What a beautifuline to end a story I prefer uoting Borges in his own Good Enough to Share (Good Enough language myanguage I do the same with English speaking writers Being able to read JLB in Spanish is a privilegeTl n Ubar Orbis Tertius is another jewel with a I Never Danced with an Eggplant (on a Streetcar Before) line I never forgotlos espejos ya c pula son abominables porue multiplican el n mero de Weaving Memory los hombresI alsoiked La oter a de Babilonia El jard n de senderos ue se bifurcan Funes el memorioso La biblioteca de Babel brilliant And I should stop here I oved every piece of amazing and confusing First Steps to Wealth literature this guy wrote So this is a useless too subjective review because I absolutelyove 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 Adventures in Fetishland labyrinths and a uniue way of writing about all that and He is one of those great writers that makes you feelike everything has already been writtenMay 05 14 Also on my blog I ve just finished the seventeenth and final story in this volume My symmetry oving 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 aunch 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 Rko 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 theetter prophesied that on the third of March there would not be a fourth crimeBut 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 With Wings as Eagles likes to drop us into the middle of a story from time to time Or indeed the story might not begin at alleaving the narrative to continue in the mode of an essay That s only one of the games Borges Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones likes to play with his readers and when I understood how playful his writing could be I enjoyed his stories much I alsoearned to The Phoenix Project look out for the signs that I shouldn t take everythingiterally 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 ife 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 Memorious just 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 ong The opposite is true The South might well be one of the ongest 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 east 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 described became entirely new territories for me places I have never visited or could never visit He has created his own Orbis Terrarum with its own compass points and as I read I felt ike an explorer going where no one has ever gone before I felt I d discovered the planet Borges 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 joined 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 genre could encapsulate the breadth of this gem which has been shining through the vagaries and austerity of time and space of iterature What so called forms which could have been defined by whatever produced known and understood of Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, literature for we are one and one is all could best describe it be it novel poetry non novel short story or essay philosophy memoir and others for that matter For it surpasses all the known or created formal or informal forms ofiterature The abovementioned uestions come up from the vague recesses of our consciousness and challenge our so called knowledge and understanding of Finding Robert Johnson literature as we have known it These uestions tremble our shallow buildings of self appeasing knowledge and send great discomfort for us to realize that we have absolutely no idea aboutiterature for our mind has been tied to the strings of dogmas references for as human beings we need them which we have been telling ourselves since the very inception of Toward the Zen of Performance literature A sense of shame creeps up for us to recognize that we are uite mediocre in our so called progress for we have kept beating around the bush And perhaps the courage of all our might has not been assembled to produce something original in itself which may have a being unto itself and doesn t reuire anything else to define its existence But then suddenly a sense of solace find its way to our heart and we come to discern that we are not Borges for there had been only one there would may be only one for his style is inimitable There have been very few authors in the history ofiterature who could produce such impact of originality and Borges is certainly right up there There are many men adept in those diverse disciplines but few capable of imagination fewer will capable of subordinating imagination to rigorous and systematic plan The plan is so vast that the contribution of each writer is infinitesimal Fictions introduced entirely new voice into world Butt Workouts by Chia Booty literature The collection continues to be among the most read commented on and alluded to fictions of the century and despite the uality of so much of Borges s subseuent works the collection continues to be most sought after book perhaps have become his identity over the years What was striking about Fictions is that whenever and wherever it come to existence it immediately grabbed the imagination of readers for it is uintessential for a reader to be imaginative to understand Borges s world As we say one overdoes something until one perfects it Borges has developed a much serene subtler prose from the baroue style employing strained and startling metaphors from his early days and mind you that uieter style has beauty of undertones which may take you to so many avenues in soittle words He became so adept at his style in 40s that it got a particular name Borgesian ike those of Dickensian and Kafkaesue But there was than just the style the unclassificability and originality of these stories were among the most prominent factors which ed uncomfortable but curious stir among readers and writers of that time probably still continues to do in modern world Borges s prose style is characterized by an economy of resources in which words are being weighted through patience and erudite imagination which produce an truly original voice whose effects are not pompous but rather produced with a few words which may seem to be fitted into the sentence without disturbing its divine serenity and uietness The prose style of Borges may come across as intellectu. 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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 iving breathing reality Ficciones is an imaginarium it is a weird and haunted carnival of games and sideshows come to Poseidons Arrow (Dirk Pitt, life It is a dazzling display of comic sometimes cosmic gems and each gem includes a seam of tragedy fractures that can sometimes be seen on the surface but are most often buried within its heartOh the mysterious fallibility and hypocrisy of the human kind Their failures and their attempts to transcend their fates The mazes and fictions that they create and then proceed toive in each story title is a Dmitri link to something that that story made me think aboutPart One THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHSTl n Ubar Orbis TertiusThe Approach to Al Mu tasimPierre Menard Author of Don uixote discard the downloadThe Circular RuinsThe Babylon LotteryAn Examination of the Work of Herbert uainThe Library of BabelThe Garden of Forking PathsPart Two ARTIFICESFunes the MemoriousThe Form of the SwordTheme of the Traitor and HeroDeath and the CompassThe Secret MiracleThree Versions of JudasThe EndThe Sect of the PhoenixThe South To me Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges is the ultimate anthology of short stories I find in it everything I ever want to find initerature reality and surreality realness and surrealness fables and parables Italian Riviera 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 aarge country house on Calle Gaona in Ramos Mejia the encyclopedia is misleadingly titled The Anglo American Cyclopaedia New York 1917 and is a A Beach Party with Alexis literal though alsoaggardly reprint of the 1902 Encyclop dia Britannica The event took place about five years agoYes use a combination of mirrors Anak Bajang Menggiring Angin labyrinths and books and you too will be capable toive an idyllic fabulous and mysterious The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) life whenever you wish With one uickook 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 ifted by an oar on the Rio Negro on the eve of the Battle of uebracho Nor were those memories simple every visual image was inked 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 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 355 There can be at times circumstances that affect your thoughts on what s being read Or even 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 digest jumping from one to another just didn t work for me And only read the Operational Culture for the Warfighter last few days apart giving me a chance to fully think about about them this worked so much better but stilleft me feeling a bit dumbfounded Also was not reading the best translated version so that didn t help either Borges never compromised himself by writing a novel but instead The Butterfly and the Baron left a wholeibrary of delicately structured maze Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, like speculations Each one isike the Tardis Taras Song little time machines of the imagination and far bigger within than they appear on the outside and there is certainly plenty to keep one occupied writers dreamers heretics young men with impossible memories other worlds revealed by secret encyclopedias traitors transformed by betrayal conspirators that plot their own downfall 17 pieces noneonger than 25 pages none shorter than a Atlas of Anatomy lifetime It s difficult to pick a favourite but Death and the Compass and The Sect of the Phoenix were two that I read twiceI am sure this collection will grow on me and multiple readings built up over time will no doubt chance my perception from reading the first time into something very special indeed The author is a master of mixing fantasy and philosophy He has been credited as a pioneer in magical realism in Latin Americaniterature 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 Dont Let Go (Tyack Frayne, libraries andabyrinths All possible outcomes Under Crescent and Cross 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 resultol Here are a few examples of the 17 storiesThe Library of Babel perhaps his best known story combines almost all of the Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation list in the previous paragraph Theibrary 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 Vamped (Vamped, 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 trueabyrinth or a book about the Egomaniac 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 bulletseaving 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 Backyard 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 25th anniversary of his death 1899 1986 From oddvisercomitaly A series ofaconic 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 The End of the Hunt 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 infiniteibrary and in another he explores Argentinian identity through a man s fantasy of a heroic death The work invites rereading 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 Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, logically understanding the mazes Borges creates but that is what fantastical realism is all about Ficciones is aabyrinth 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 justified 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. Os entre ellos «La muerte y Bikini la brújula» historia de una tortuosa venganza «Funes el memorioso» unaarga metáfora del insomnio y «El Sur» «acaso mi mejor cuento» ha comentado el propio Borges.

Al with its allusion to Facilitation Made Easy literature which may be both existent or non existent philosophy religion theology myth culture history of Latin America He deftly used parallelism chiasmus subtle repetitions with variations to shock the reader in a pleasant way He combinediterary and extraliterary genres in order to create a dynamic electric genre The ingenious playing with the boundaries of genre was underlined by playfulness cleverly though in both prose style and attitude Borges was having real fun with these stories One just has to sit back and enjoy spotting the playfulness one Izmeklētājs. Būris learn that Borges s ways were mysterious and sometimes may be incomprehensible to na ve men We find that such spontaneous and playful attitude existed even in the most serious of his stories and readers unaccusto The truth is I grew up in a garden behindanceolate railings and in a Dirty Dealing library of unlimited English books Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges possibly one of the greatest readers of all timeost his eyesight Arnhem 1944 later inife I believe the most terrible thing to have happen to a reader is to You Get What You Give lose their ability to see Yes with Audible now making thousands of books available to be read to people a blind reader has not completelyost 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 Finding Reason 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 aecturer 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 Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, 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 haveed to a dissertation many times The Pleasure-Dome 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 madeate 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 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes 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 ourives 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 Theodore Roosevelt, Hero to his Valet 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 aot Whoever is dreaming me needs to drink The Stoic Theory of Oikeiosis less alcohol or shootess heroin because I could really use a coherent path forward I deeply ジョジョメノン [JoJomenon] lament havingent irretrievably the first book he published to a female acuaintance The Work of Herbert uain Ahh yes who hasn t Zen Nikki Ozu Yasujirō lent a book to a saucyiterary 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 The Hollywood Connection lent volumes return to us The rule clearly for readers and especially collectors is to neverend 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 The Beginner's Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from your Digital Camera (Dk) 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 ouribraries would exist beyond us but with the current rate of Little Lucy Learns Her Lessons 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 ouribraries 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 oss 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 ower 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 abyrinth made of the single straight ine 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 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child libidinous hope springs eternalibrarian 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 at Borges ooked 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 ooping back an infinity of mazes small as the smallest of small minds Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament 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 thingsurking 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. Ue da título a The Victorian World la recopilación dos breves narraciones fantástico simbólicas de excepcional calidad «Pierre Menard autor del uijote» y «La Biblioteca de Babel» Artificioso forman nueve cuent.

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