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Old 08-24-2016   #1
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Today is the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

Well worth remembering this hugely creative man and his impact on short stories and weird literature on this 117th anniversary of his birth. Widely acknowledged as the Father of Magical Realism.

The first thing I ever read by him was The Aleph, which included this passage:

"On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realised that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph's diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror's face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me; I saw in a backyard of Soler Street the same tiles that thirty years before I'd seen in the entrance of a house in Fray Bentos; I saw bunches of grapes, snow, tobacco, lodes of metal, steam; I saw convex equatorial deserts and each one of their grains of sand..
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Re: Today is the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

I'll wish a happy birthday to anyone who can write like that.

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Re: Today is the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

Whose birthday is it? Is it Borges' birthday or the the other one, the one called Borges?

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Re: Today is the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Staaz View Post
Whose birthday is it? Is it Borges' birthday or the the other one, the one called Borges?
El jardín de los cumpleaños que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Birthdays).

I was aware of Jorge Luis Borges's birthday, but not of the other one.

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The greatest writer of the 20th Century.....

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