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El jardín de los senderos ue se bifurcanThe Garden of Forking Paths original Spanish title El jardín de senderos ue se bifurcan is the title story in the collection El The Universal LibraryIf life or a life can be construed as a text then the universe might be analogous to a library The universe which others call the Library is composed of an indefinite perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleriesThis early 1941 collection is a mini gallery of Borges stories that revolve around construction and interpretation imagination and understanding of the universe On the way it takes in time space meaning truth consciousness our selves and our relationship with the universeVast and AmbitiousFor Borges Man is a reader or librarian trying to read interpret and understand the LibraryIt's a vast project Like its object and perhaps its subject it's infinite Vast books can and have been dedicated to the projectBorges makes this project his own from a fictional point of view However he works under a self imposed constraint It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one the madness of composing vast books setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist and offer a summary a commentary on themA reasonable inept and lazy man I have chosen to write notes on imaginary booksLevity and BrevityThe result is one of enormous brevity yet it's no less intellectually challenging and stimulating Borges jokingly blames laziness but it's actually an amazing facility to hint at in five minutes of our reading time what could take writers and philosophers 500 pages to labour through and not communicate so clearlyBesides we can safely assume that Borges was familiar with some actual vast works on his subject matter not just imaginary onesThe Appearance of RealityBorges doesn't need to be encyclopaedic in his approach to the universe He just pretends to be encyclopaedic He uses detail citation criticism to feign plausibility verisimilitude truth and comprehensivenessHis aim is to create a fictitious world that appears to be real He hopes his fragments will convince us that they contain the essence of the entirety However the whole project remains fictional and illusoryIn one of the worlds that he creates there is a belief that all books are the work of a single author who is timeless and anonymousIn a way it seems there is only one book and one act of creationBorges the BuilderWe've become accustomed to authors world building They strive to build a fictional world that convinces us of its veracityOn the other hand religions posit that God created the world the entirety of the universeBorges might be a writer but he seems to place himself somewhere between the conventional writer and GodWhile God might have created the material world Borges creates an abstract and imaginary worldHowever in the process he self consciously draws attention to the process and method of creation He is a master of metafictionErik Desmazières The Library of Babel 1997The Hermeneutics of the LibraryEually Borges is interested in the interpretation and understanding of the universe the Library the bookHe works at the boundary of the imagination philosophy and hermeneutics Indeed his writing suggests that philosophy is fundamentally a work of imagination and interpretation of the Library of the universeWriters and philosophers alike are trying to unravel the mysteries of the universeOnce we accept this metaphor this truth Borges invites us to have some fun with the universe he has createdIn a world otherwise preoccupied with the pursuit of order sense and truth he introduces play and games that involve hoaxes fraud fallacy artifice illusion unreality illogic mirrors mazes labyrinthsA World Deciphered by Detectives This places the curious reader in the role of a detective who must sift through the evidence in order to determine the meaning of life Tlön may well be a labyrinth but it is a labyrinth forged by men a labyrinth destined to be deciphered by men view spoilerAt least in the English translation the word forged might be used in its two different senses in this sentence hide spoiler

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Read eBook Ù El jardín de los senderos ue se bifurcan Ü Audiobook â The Garden of Forking Paths original Spanish title El jardín de senderos ue se bifurcan is the title story in the collection El jardín de senderos ue se bifurcan 1941 which was republished in its entirety in Ficciones Fictions in 194Borges's works to be translated into English by Anthony Boucher when it appeared in Ellery ueen's Mystery Magazine in August 19 “This web of time – the strands of which approach one another bifurcate intersect or ignore each other through the centuries – embraces every possibility We do not exist in most of them In some you exist and not I while in others I do and you do not”

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Jardín de senderos ue se bifurcan 1941 which was republished in its entirety in Ficciones Fictions in 1944 It was the first of “The basest of art’s temptations the temptation to be a genius” from The Approach to Al Mu’tasm In this collection Borges proves that he succumbed And I’m very glad he did I have the Collected Fictions with copious translator's notes but am splitting my review of that into its components listed in publication order Collected Fictions all reviews This is the second published in 1941 and this is where Borges starts to blow my mind Some of these stories are initially rather opaue but they’re also short and SO worthwhile with many I read once to get a feel for what it was about then immediately reread it to connect with it in context • The first time is gloriously disorienting almost as it’s in a subtly different dialect from my own; it creates a hypnotic desire to understand • The second time a switch has been flipped I have the key to the kingdom and the ideas slot into place whilst retaining a pleasing degree of elusiveness“There is no intellectual exercise that is not ultimately pointless” from Pierre Menard Author of the uixote below I don’t think Borges himself believed that and these remarkable stories are a justification of such exercisesThe descriptions of individual stories below include minor spoilers; major ones are hidden with spoiler tags If in doubt scroll down to the uotes section at the endTlon Ubar Orbis Tertius 6This is the longest and has its own review hereThe Approach to Al Mu’tasm 6A review of a non existent book unless someone has since written it that even notes the differences between the first and second editions This piece allegedly had one of Borges’ friends try to order a copy from a bookshop The book is described as the “first detective novel written by a native of Bombay” and is an epic sweeping across India with a huge cast but an “uncomfortable amalgam” of overwrought Islamic allegorical poems and European detective fiction The story though is a recursive meditation on the duality of good and evil “The object of the pilgrimage was itself a pilgrimage”A law student rejects his Islamic faith and end up among the poor where he “perceives some mitigation of the evil a moment of tenderness of exaltation of silence in one of the abominable men” He divines that the goodness must be a reflection from an external source and sets off to find ever purer connections via a series of connected rooms “the insatiable search for a soul by means of the delicate glimmerings or reflections this soul has left in others” Each of us is like a stone cast in a lake those nearest us are most affected but even far away there are ripples of who and what and how we are Pierre Menard Author of the uixoteEvery reader reads a different book Even the same reader reads a different book on each encounter A self referential exploration of the paradoxes of original composition and the “new techniue of deliberate anachronism and fallacious attribution” The last of those is a recurring habit of Borges himself including in this story which purports to be about a real writerThis is a short essay about the great but unfinished work of a writer who “did not want to compose another uixote” but “ the uixote” by combining the don and Sancho into a single character and by in some sense becoming Cervantes His tactic is to “learn Spanish return to Catholicism fight against the Moor and the Turk” and forget everything that happened after Cervantes publishedMenard’s other writings are listed but it’s made clear that uixote is his only important work “perhaps the most significant writing of our time” even though over the course of his life he only manages to write just over two chapters A futile uest perhaps like Don uixote’s ownIt becomes stranger as the reviewer describes Menard’s work as being “word for word” the same as Cervantes’ but also “ subtle” and “almost infinitely richer” and yet different as well because it “overlooks – or banishes – local colour” and many other incidents So is it the same or different Is the Emperor naked or clothedDon uixote is the obvious book on which to base this story it was a favourite of JLB’s mentioned in many of his stories including Parable of Cervantes and the uixote which is in Dreamtigers More importantly Cervantes did something similar to this story Part two of D was written after what would now be called fan fic In part two D himself treats part one as true criticises the unofficial seuel and responds to the resulting pressure of fame I have Calvino’s If on a Winter's Night a Traveler on my TBR and apparently there are parallels a character in that tries to echo Sunset at Blandings and uoted again in his own posthumous The Salmon of DoubtThe Circular Ruins 6A circular story about dreaming reality Pinocchio meets Inception and The Matrix in Plato’s cave or WonderlandA man arrives at a temple to “dead incinerated gods”; it is abandoned and he came with a strange purpose “The goal that led him on was not impossible though it was clearly supernatural He wanted to dream a man to dream him completely in painstaking detail and impose him upon reality” I misread the final phrase and thought reality would be imposed about the man conjured by dreams Both ideas are relevantIt’s a strange and difficult task “molding the incoherent and dizzying stuff that dreams are made of is the most difficult work a man can undertake much difficult than weaving a rope of sand or minting coins of the faceless wind”I’ve never uite had a lucid dream but this describes something tantalisingly like it “in the dreaming man’s dream the dreamed man awoke” Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy and the dreaming man wants the same for his “son” He gradually accustoms him to reality and erases his early memory because he “feared that his son would somehow discover that he was a mere simulacrum the projection of another man’s dream” – and what could be worse than that Seriously what could be worse view spoilerThe sad irony is that the man himself is another man’s dream hide spoiler