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FREE READ ✓ Ficciones ½ The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness his piercing irony his skepticism and his obsession with fantasy Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling bizarre and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Tion of the Work of Herbert uain 1941 The Library of Babel 1941 The Garden of Forking Paths 1941 Part Two Artifices Prologue Funes the Memorious 1942 The Form of the Sword 1942 Theme of the Traitor and the Hero 1944 Death and the Compass 1942 The Secret Miracle 1943 Three Versions of Judas 1944 The End 1953 2nd edition only The Sect of the Phoenix 1952 2nd edition only The South 1953 2nd edition onl. 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 Encyclopœdia 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 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”


Nography of eternal return To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges wherein lies Heaven Hell and everything else in between Part One The Garden of Forking Paths Prologue Tlön Ubar Orbis Tertius 1940 The Approach to Al Mu'tasim 1936 not included in the 1941 edition Pierre Menard Author of the uixote 1939 The Circular Ruins 1940 The Lottery in Babylon 1941 An Examina. 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

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FiccionesThe seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness his piercing irony his skepticism and his obsession with fantasy Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling bizarre and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss the surreal and literal labyrinth of books and the ico. ”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 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