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Borges and God

Borges and God | by Jorge Luis Borges | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
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Re: Borges and God

A slight change of subject though F.D. and Borges had much in common.


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Borges on Pleasure Island - The New York Times
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Re: Borges and God

I am re-reading Borges these days, and only yesterday I read once more his Argumentum Ornithologicum from Dreamtigers/El Hacedor. It is obviously meant as a parody of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God, but still has formal elegance and traces of conviction - Borges was a genius, even stuff he wrote as a piss-take is literary and compelling. But when Borges declares in an interview that he does not believe that God exists as an individual or as a trinity, one has to ask, who declares that, Borges the writer or that other Borges (that Borges wrote about in Borges and I)? I don't doubt Borges's sincerity or the straightforwardness of his answer but a) Borges is not one for unambivalent declarations in general and b) it seems his concern is with words and meaning and their precision (or lack thereof), hence the digression about Whitehead and the perfect dictionary.

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I read somewhere that Borges would pray a "Hail Mary" before going to bed, even in old age, because his mother had asked him to do this on her deathbed. He continued this practice in memory of his mother, even though stating that he did not believe in prayer or God. This anecdote could be apocryphal, but then again it seems to be in character with the tongue in cheek attitude to life that Borges embodied.
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Like all men of the Library, I have traveled in my youth. I have journeyed in search of a book, perhaps of the catalogue of catalogues; now that my eyes can scarcely decipher what I write, I am preparing to die a few leagues from the hexagon in which I was born. Once dead, there will not lack pious hands to hurl me over the banister; my sepulchre shall be the unfathomable air: my body will sink lengthily and will corrupt and dissolve in the wind engendered by the fall, which is infinite. I affirm that the Library is interminable. The idealists argue that the hexagonal halls are a necessary form of absolute space or, at least, of our intuition of space. They contend that a triangular or pentagonal hall is inconceivable. (The mystics claim that to them ecstacy reveals a round chamber containing a great book with a continuous back circling the walls of the room; but their testimony is suspect; their words, obscure. That cyclical book is God.) Let it suffice me, for the time being, to repeat the classic dictum: The Library is a sphere whose consumate center is any hexagon, and whose circumference is inaccessible.
The Library of Babel, 1941 [tr. Anthony Kerrigan]

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