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What was striking about Fictions is that whenever and wherever it come to existence it immediately grabbed the imagination of readers- for it is quintessential for a reader to be imaginative to understand Borges’s world. A divine voice tells him that he will be granted the time to do this — even though he is set to die the next day. Their language, with its derivatives ― religion, literature, and metaphysics ― presupposes idealism. On the one hand we have a serious and sincere proposition; on the other we have the realization that what the narrator describes is trivial and meaningless.
Though, principally, the reason he decided to steal the book from the parcel (he was hoping for a new video game or Blu-ray to sell on) was because Jorge was very close to his own name. All at once, George panics; for a moment he considers giving me the book to free himself from my haunting, but instead he flees.I also enjoyed "La lotería de Babilonia" ( The Lottery in Babylon), "El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan" ( The Garden of Forking Paths), "Funes el memorioso" ( Funes, His Memory), "La biblioteca de Babel" ( The Library of Babel), and. The sand in the hour glass is flowing faster than you think, and there will be times when it inexplicably speeds up.
By this point, I have bought a new copy of Ficciones, and read it with thoughts of George in the back of my mind. But there are darker things lurking beneath that amiable surface; Ficciones is more than an academician's cleverly constructed playground. The Library of Babel, perhaps his best-known story combines almost all of the list in the previous paragraph. The characters are not being developed like in traditional fiction, the role of the characters is just to create effect, which comes up on the surface of the story, and then to dissolve in nothingness to convey the greater theme of the story.Borges’s own diminishing eye sight perhaps helped his imagination to grow leaps and bound than to cause harm to him, which resulted such an extraordinary achievement in world literature. 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.
In “Theme of the Traitor and the Hero” the conceptual aspects of this tale don’t override the compelling plot, and this was one of the stories I really loved. Borges’ humor is subtle to the point of invisibility but there are times when it comes out and grins at you.They touch on profound themes such as games of strategy and chance, philosophical issues, and conspiracies. In fact, he created three genres- the essay, the poem and the short story (as mentioned by Octavio Paz) but the division is arbitrary: his essays read like stories, his stories are poems and his poems are essays. 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. and each gem includes a seam of tragedy, fractures that can sometimes be seen on the surface but are most often buried within its heart. He has managed to turn language upon itself to reverse himself time after time with a sentence or a paragraph with relentless logic so that it comes up as a pleasant surprise.
Yet minutely studied, Borges, like Kafka, under close scrutiny reveals subtle affinities with other forms of literature, exhibits an unmistakable existential angst.
He had smuggled the book under his coat and slid it into his bedside table at home along with tissues, crinkly likes leaves, condoms, mints, and other random tack that belonged nowhere else.