Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Author:Jorge Luis Borges
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

* A malicious and outlandish statement. In point of fact, Captain Richard Madden had been attacked by the Prussian spy Hans Rabener, alias Viktor Runeberg, who drew an automatic pistol when Madden appeared with orders for the spy's arrest. Madden, in self defense, had inflicted wounds of which the spy later died.—Note by the manuscript editor.

PART TWO

ARTIFICES

(1944)

PROLOGUE

Though less torpidly executed, the pieces in this section are similar to those which form the first part of the book. Two of them allow, perhaps, separate mention: “Death and the Compass” and “Funes, the Memorious.” The second is a long metaphor of insomnia. The first, despite the German or Scandinavian names, occurs in a Buenos Aires of dreams: the twisted Rue de Toulon is the Paseo de Julio; Triste-le-Roy, is the hotel where Herbert Ashe received, and probably did not read, the eleventh volume of an illusory encyclopedia. After composing this narrative, I have come to consider the soundness of amplifying the time and space in which it occurs: vengeance could be inherited; the periods of time might be computed in years, perhaps in centuries; the first letter of the Name might be spoken in Iceland; the second, in Mexico; the third, in Hindustan. Should I add that the Hasidim included saints and that the sacrifice of four lives in order to obtain the four letters imposed by the Name is a fantasy dictated by the form of my story?



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