Monday Reading: Borges Ficciones

Read – “The Library of Babel” in Ficciones!

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) – Argentina

With Borges, Roland Barthes idea of literature as “the question minus the answer” really applies. Borges’ little stories (he modestly calls them ficciones) are puzzles. It’s useful to think about what he is questioning, rather than trying to find an answer…

Websites: As you can imagine, Borges’ stories have inspired a lot of art, websites, etc. Here are a couple to look at:

The Library of Babel on Open Culture – Follow the link to where a website is actually trying to create an online Library of Babel

If you’re interested in Borges’ biography/legacy, here is article/obituary that talks about his life: borges_worlds

Or just search his name – he has a lot of fans.



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