El Aleph

El Aleph Full Of Philosophical Puzzles And Supernatural Surprises, These Stories Contain Some Of Borges S Most Fully Realized Human Characters With Uncanny Insight, He Takes Us Inside The Minds Of An Unrepentant Nazi, An Imprisoned Mayan Priest, Fanatical Christian Theologians, A Woman Plotting Vengeance On Her Father S Killer, And A Man Awaiting His Assassin In A Buenos Aires Guest House This Volume Also Contains The Hauntingly Brief Vignettes About Literary Imagination And Personal Identity Collected In The Maker, Which Borges Wrote As Failing Eyesight And Public Fame Began To Undermine His Sense Of SelfFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges Spanish pronunciation xo xe lwis bo xes , 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

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  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • El Aleph
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • English
  • 15 January 2018
  • 9780142437889

10 thoughts on “El Aleph

  1. says:

    Borges is magnificent Below The Immortal, my review continues with other tales from this modern master THE IMMORTALWe have all experienced different dimensions in our life, to name just three waking, deep sleep and dreaming Yet when it comes to describing or imagining the afterlife, I ve read very few accounts postulating how awareness could shift between various levels rather, life or lack of life after death tends to be portrayed as an uninterrupted hum all at one frequency, the three major frequencies 1 awareness within a specific form, like a light body 2 formless awareness, that is, our consciousness merging with undifferentiated oneness, an ocean of universal conscious 3 complete obliteration without a trace of conscious awareness Why is this Why can t we think in terms of an alternating between various frequencies or modes of awareness, perhaps even with an occasional shift into oblivion And these questions are compounded if we also think of our bodily existence on planet earth continuing forever, if we became part of the race of the immortals Questions such as these pop up, at least for me, after reading this Jorge Luis Borges tale.Vintage Borges The Borges like narrator discloses a verbatim transcription of a document a French princess purchased in an old London bookshop after a conversation she had with the grubby old bookdealer in various languages French, English, Spanish, Portuguese she subsequently walked out of the shop with Alexander Pope s rendering of Homer s Iliad in six volumes and later found this document in the last volume You have to love how our Borges like narrator isn t claiming to invent the story quite the contrary, he is simply reporting on someone else s factual account of their extraordinary experience The Manuscript The document s narrator provides us with his back story in brief he is an officer in the Roman army in Egypt, the Roman legions that have recently defeated Egyptian forces however, since he himself didn t participate in any of the bloody combat, he was propelled to embark on an adventure through the deserts in quest of the secret City of the Immortals You also have to love how the narrator, an adventurous soldier, hale, hearty, bold leader of men and lover of the god Mars, functions as an alter ego to the frail, bookish, solitary Borges The Spark One day a stranger, exhausted, covered in blood, rides into camp and, prior to dropping dead that very evening, informs the tribune how he is searching for the river that purifies men of death and, he goes on to say, on the other side of that river lies the City of the Immortals, a city filled with bulwarks, amphitheaters and temples With the inclusion of amphitheaters as part of his description of the immortal city, we are given a direct signal that what is contained within its walls shares a common culture with the Greco Roman world Anyway, the stranger s words fire his spirit and imagination, thus primed for an astonishing discovery, off they go, the tribune and two hundred soldiers under his command provided complements of a high ranking military commander Going Solo As the tribune informs us, the first part of the journey proved harrowing, grueling and strenuous beyond endurance most of his men were either driven mad or died, while others, attempting desertion, faced torture or crucifixion Also in this initial phase, the seekers crossed lands and deserts of fantastic tribes, including the Troglodytes who devour serpents and lack all verbal commerce Events reach such a pitch he is told by a soldier loyal to his cause that the remaining men desire to avenge a crucifixion of one of their comrades and plan to kill him He subsequently flees camp with several soldiers but disaster hits in the fury of blinding desert whirlwinds he quickly gets separated from now on, he is on his own Turning Point Our tribune wanders for days in the desert, forever scorched by the sun and parched by thirst until his living nightmare shifts and somehow he finds himself bound hands behind his back and lying in a stone niche the size of a grave on the slope of a mountain There s a stream running at the foot of this mountain and beyond the stream he beholds the dazzling structures of the City of the Immortals Marcus Flaminius Rufus at this point the tribune lets us know his name can also see numerous holes riddling the mountain and valley and from those holes emerge grey skinned naked men with scraggly beards, men he recognizes as belonging to the race of Troglodytes My sense is these Troglodytes represent a mode of being at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum from that of a refined aesthete and man of letters like Borges I suspect Borges perceived and perhaps dreamed many of his fellow humans inhabiting a Troglodyte like existence Exploration, One After many days and having finally freed himself from his bonds, Marcus enters the City of the Immortals Soon after he explores the periphery, we read, The force of the day drove me to seek refuge in a cavern toward the rear there was a pit, and out of the pit, out of the gloom below, rose a ladder I descended the ladder and made my way through a chaos of squalid galleries to a vast, indistinct circular chamber Nine doors opened into that cellar like place eight led to a maze that returned deceitfully, to the same chamber the ninth led through another maze to a second circular chamber identical to the first Anybody familiar with Jorge Luis Borges will recognized a number of recurrent themes mazes, caverns, ladders, doors, chaos, circular chambers Exploration, Two Having spent what appears an eternity underground, Marcus spots a series of metal rungs on a wall leading to a circle of sky He climbs the ladder, sobbing with tears of joy, until he emerges into a type of small plaza within the brilliant City Marcus senses the city s antiquity and wanders along staircases and inlaid floors of a labyrinthine palace thinking how all what he sees is the work of the gods or, accurately, gods who have died or, even, perhaps, since much of the architecture appears to lack any trace of practical purpose, gods who were mad Then, we read, I had made my way through a dark maze, but it was the bright City of the Immortals that terrified and repelled me And this is only the beginning as Marcus further discovers, there are revelations even astonishing, including the shocking true identity of one of those Troglodytes Universal Questions The second half of the tale takes a decidedly philosophical turn and, in the spirit of this Borges classic, I will conclude with a series of question posed either directly or indirectly by the narrator How does memory relate to immortality Is the erasure of our memory the first step in achieving immortality Likewise, how does time relate to immortality and is the erasure of time a critical step in experiencing immortality If we were to experience a state free of memory and time in this life, through powerful hallucinogens, deep meditation or otherwise, have we achieved a kind of immortality, at least for a time What part does ecstasy and bliss play in the state or experience of immortality How far does the consequences of our action extend To a subsequent rebirth or afterlife in another state How much weight should we give to history or a specific epoch of history To our own personal history How much of history is so much smoke and mirrors What role does transformation on any level, physical, mental, artistic, spiritual, play in our life When I read the work of Jorge Luis Borges I feel like my universe is expanding a thousand fold And for good reason my universe is, in fact, expanding a thousand fold This is especially true as I read The Aleph and Other Stories Such sheer imaginative power Fantastic There are nearly fifty stories and brief tales collected here and every tale worth reading multiple times.For the purposes of continuing this review, I will focus on 4 stories, the first 3 being no longer than 2 pages 4,3,2 moving down to the infinity of the Borges 0, which happens to be the shape of the Aleph Sorry, I am getting too carried away.THE TWO KINGS AND THE TWO LABYRINTHSThe king of Babylonia builds a labyrinth so confused and so subtle that the most prudent men would not venture to enter it, and those who did would lose their way Although the king of Babylonia tricked the king of the Arabs into entering his diabolical labyrinth, the king, with the help of God, manages to find the secret exit After claiming victory in a bloody war, the king of the Arabs leads the king of Babylonia, in turn, into a different kind of labyrinth, and says, the Powerful One has seen fit to allow me to show thee mine, which has no stairways to climb, nor doors to force, not wearying galleries to wander through, nor walls to impede thy passage Then, the king of the Arabs abandoned the king of Babylonia in the middle of the desert These two images of a labyrinth, one intricate, convoluted, infinitely confusing and the other an endless desert, have remained with me since I first read this tale some thirty years ago and will remain with me as long as there is a me with a memory.THE CAPTIVEA tale of identity where a young boy with sky blue eyes is kidnapped in an Indian raid The parents recover their son who is now a man and bring him back to their home The man remembers exactly where he hid a knife Not long thereafter, the man, now an Indian in spirit, returns to the wilderness The story ends with a question, I would like to know what he felt in that moment of vertigo when past and present intermingled I would like to know whether the lost son was reborn and died in that ecstatic moment, and he ever managed to recognize, even as a baby or a dog might, his parents and the house For Borges, memory and identity are ongoing themes After reading Borges, I can assure you, memory and identity have become ongoing themes for me also.THE PLOTHow many volumes have been written pondering and philosophizing over fate and free will In two short paragraphs Borges gives us a tale where we are told, Fate is partial to repetitions, variations, symmetries How exactly Let s just say life is always bigger than human made notions of life.THE ALEPHAround the universe in fifteen pages There is a little something here for anybody who cherishes literature a dearly departed lover named Beatriz, a madman and poet named Carlos Argentino Daneri, who tells the first person narrator, a man by the name of Borges, about seeing the Aleph, and, of course, the Aleph What will this Borges undergo to see the Aleph himself We read, I followed his ridiculous instructions he finally left He carefully let down the trap door in spite of a chink of light that I began to make out later, the darkness seemed total Suddenly I realized the danger I was in I had allowed myself to be locked underground by a madman, after first drinking down a snifter of poison Rather than saying anything further about the Aleph, let me simply note that through the magic of literature we as readers are also given a chance to see what Borges sees I dare anybody who has an aesthetic or metaphysical bone in their body to read this story and not make the Aleph a permanent part of their imagination.Go ahead Take the risk Be fascinated and enlarged Have the universe and all its details spinning in your head Read this book.

  2. says:

    This is a masterful collection by a writer of genius I believe The Aleph is just as good as Fictions, and Fictions is as good as any book of short pieces produced in the 20th Century If you like paradoxes, puzzles, doppelgangers and labyrinths used as metaphors for the relation of microcosm to macrocosm and the fluid nature of personal identity, then this is the book for you These stories are profound, but they are written in such an entertaining traditional narrative style that they might often be mistaken for pulp fiction if they weren t so astonishingly elegant.

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    Down and Out in Lovecroft and BorgesAt some point but not today I intend to do a review of Borges and Lovecroft together Not to say anything important but merely to understand how they depend on one another I think it is clear that Borges borrowed from Lovecroft And I think it is just as clear that we read Lovecroft in light of what Borges did with the genre of fantasy horror At least a half dozen stories have been identified by readers as cross overs as it were from Lovecroft to Borges And it is difficult to conceive of an interpretation of the genre that doesn t presume the philosophical challenges put by Borges But I think the influences may be much widely seen in the detail of the stories One obvious connection is the way both authors use the Arabic world, and Islam especially, as a focus for spiritual mystery Borges admitted to trying to write in the Arabic tradition during a seminar in the 1970 s Lovecroft flirted with Islam in his young adulthood and clearly is familiar with Islamic, particularly Sufi, mythology Another connection between the two authors is their use of space in a story to represent spiritual awakening, often in an inverted form Lovecroft tends downward, inward into the earth and to the South when he enters the realm of the soul, hell, and fear Perhaps this reflects his New England upbringing and the remnants of Puritan myth Borges also goes downward but then typically rises upwards and puts his most primitive worlds in the North Could the swamps and relative wildness of Uruguay and the Ibera Wetlands be a sort of gnostic symbol of earthly chaos directly opposed to Protestant certainties Who knows, maybe in my twilight years something will emerge.

  5. says:

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  6. says:

    Anything can drive a person insane if that person cannot manage to put it out of their mind even a map of Hungary Obsession is the unifying theme of virtually all these stories, which is apt, because I m beginning to be a trifle obsessed myself It is perhaps most central to The Zahir.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 fourth, published in 1949 The now familiar Borgesian tropes are also here in abundance too time, reality and dreams, immortality, infinity, mirrors and opposites, labyrinths, recursion and circularity, memory.At this stage of working though Borge s Collected Fictions, I feel deeply connected There is still a beguiling, mysterious layer, but it s not impenetrable by any means, even though I m very aware that I m nowhere near as erudite as Borges, so although I know many of the great literary names he drops, I m not necessarily intimately familiar with their works.The Immortal 6 What price immortality And what an opening premise a story by a rare book dealer, found by a princess, in a copy of The Ilyad The story itself is about a mysterious, obsessive quest to find the secret City of the Immortals.The journey includes Roman soldiers escape loneliness fear of otherness extraordinary architecture finding a way through a labyrinth of caves, ladders, doors and multiple rooms sinister troglodytes, references to The Odyssey, and much musing on life, death, mortality, and the nature of time It sounds like a checklist of clich s, but in the hands of this master storyteller, it is fresh, beautiful, profound and unsettling The city is found abandoned and part ruined It is beautiful and impressive, but somehow sinister not an easy combination to describe This place is the work of the gods The gods that built this place have died The gods that built this place were mad The impression of great antiquity was joined by others the impression of endlessness, the sensation of oppressiveness and horror, the sensation of complex irrationality A maze is a house built purposely to confuse men the architecture had no purpose Its very existence pollutes the past and the future and somehow compromises the stars view spoiler The barely communicative, primitive troglodytes turn out to be the immortals, who have left their city to live in the labyrinth instead The one the traveller befriends, and names Argos after the dog in the Odyssey, turns out to be Homer himself This sort of evolutionary regression is explored in two stories in Brodie s Report The Gospel According to Mark and the eponymous report of Brodie hide spoiler

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    Telara a de historias y leyendas absurdas y maravillosas, llenas de elementos fant sticos pero con las que viajas por todo el mundo y a trav s del tiempo He disfrutado mucho de esta lectura, aunque hay un pu ado de relatos que no llegu a apreciar o entender, en cambio otros como El inmortal , Emma Zunz , La casa de Asteri n , Deutsches Requiem y El Alpeh me fascinaron completamente y no puedo dejar de darles vueltas Borges consigue algo que nunca me hab a pasado, que seg n termine un relato quiera volver a leerlo una y otra vez para poder comprender cada uno de los mil detalles y referencias que nos presenta.Desde luego, una lectura muuuuuy particular y no apta para todos los paladares

  8. says:

    Stevenson, Wells, Twain, Verne, the Arabian Nights, were some of the references for Borges very early on, back in Argentina At his father s library he read a lot Then he went to Europe Borges American, old and a blind poet he realized once, later in life Afterwards he had to live up to it and face old age as a time of happiness the animal being dead man and soul go on Borges a shy man who longed for oblivion siempre t mido , as he said of himself but not shy stories, he wrote stories venturing into strange worlds of past times and mythologies and religious beliefs by Borges Of his infancy he recalls the horror of mirrors that reflection an enemy of me For some time, before complete blindness, he s seen vague whitish shapes He s seen the black and the red then the silver color left blue and yellow blended yellow was the last color to be seen Blindness came very quietly he knew about family blindness some family members had died blind by Borges Now blind, books have no letters friends are faceless And yet he pursues the search for his secret center my Algebra, my mirror, my key soon I shall know who I am Borges in search for himself Time has been my Democritus The first story is about the writing of God about a magician Tzinacan, imprisoned he finds a way out.but decides to stay imprisoned The second story is about the Zahir, the coin, first gotten as money change from a drink aguardente It all starts with the death of actress Teodelina Villar According to the author, she committed the solipsism of dying right on the bairro der sur She was interested in perfection rather than beauty It s a story full of reflections on currency money is abstract unpredictable it may be coffee, Brahms music On the 16th of July the narrator bought 1 sterling pound, and studied it under the magnifying glass In August, due to insomnia, he had to consult with a psychiatrist He could not get rid of a fixed idea The narrator has had a dream I was the coin, a Griffin watched Plus, reflections on Sufi wisdom the repetition of names for 99 times maybe behind it is God Ah, the zahir,the coin the narrator got rid of it, in a drink The zahir is the shadow of the rose, and the parting of the veil now I use both Mostly, stories to ponder To enjoy their full color Maybe to get perplexed To start searching for meaning Identity too Stories to be read not once But 9 times Or 99 times over 9 years Preferably over 99 years If you ve got the time.

  9. says:

    You re avoiding a single star, Borges, simply because I try my best not to dish them out There s little value in reading if one is going to try consider ways to dislike doing it I love your ideas, but not your executions Reading through the contents list, I can easily choose five or six stories whose very conception alone excite me The Immortal, The Zahir, The Writing of The God, The House of Asterion , but you continually bashed me over the head with names, places, dates, literary and historical allusions all of which I recognise as necessary to legitimise a story s authenticity , but I simply wanted a story, not a reference manual It would have been fine had the stories been chunkier, but when I have five or consecutive lines of undiluted information being dunked into me, I m than likely going to have to return to the beginning of the sentence to remind myself what it was originally about To my mind it seems the reason you didn t get that award from the guys in Sweden was because you simply tried much too hard to get it But I ll give you the respect you clearly deserve by putting you back in my bookshelf where you sat before, instead of throwing you with the scrapheap in the corner.

  10. says:

    I know why I didn t write a review I wrote several reviews about Borges books and I got tired of saying how amazing this writer was Is Will always be This is one of the greatest short stories collections I ve ever read There are ordinary situations combined with magical events, sometimes very subtle, sometimes not But it s there And they re all beautifully written Stories like El Inmortal , Emma Zunz , La casa de Asteri n or Los te logos are outstanding pieces of literary work that nobody should miss This guy created an amazing universe that will surely captivate you, if you give it a chance I think about it and dsadsafsafs Breathtaking.

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