O Livro de Areia Jorge Luis Borges

ISBN: 9788535913804

Published: 2009


108 pages


O Livro de Areia  by  Jorge Luis Borges

O Livro de Areia by Jorge Luis Borges
2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 108 pages | ISBN: 9788535913804 | 10.63 Mb

“When a man reaches a certain age, there are many things he can feign- happiness isn’t one of them.”A man’s memory is not a summation- it is a chaos of vague possibilities” —Jorge Luis Borges, “Shakespeare’s Memory”These are the last stories of Borges. Memories powered Borges for decades after he lost his sight. A starburst of memory colorized his darkness. “The Book of Sand” (1975) and “Shakespeare’s Memory” (1983) are two separate collections of Borges final stories gathered in one volume.

Borges considered his mature and laconic writing to be his best—though critics disagree.The OtherBorges at 70 sits on a bench with Borges at 18 and they discuss Dostoyevskys The Double.“Wouldn’t you like to know something about my past, which is now the future that awaits you?”The CongressThe Congress is based on an ideal one-world government.“When I was young, I was drawn to sunsets, slums, and misfortune- now it is to mornings in the heart of the city and tranquility. I no longer play at being Hamlet. I have joined the Conservative Party and a chess club, which I attend as a spectator-- sometimes an absent minded one.”There Are More ThingsBorges dedicated to H.

P. Lovecraft this story, whose narrator sees creatures from another world. Friends? Enemies? Indifferent?Such reports, as the reader may imagine, disturbed me. I know that I am notorious for my curiosity, which has led me into marriage with a woman utterly unlike myself, into trying laudanum, into an exploration of transfinite numbers, and into the terrifying adventure whose story I am about to tell.”The Sect of ThirtyShould scripture be taken literally or with a grain of common sense?

The members of this cult give away their possessions and live naked. Finally, at the age of 33, members of the sect are crucified.The Mirror and the Mask“The brightest deeds lose their luster if they are not minted in words.”UndrThis is a fantasy about a mystical land in the far north.I have been given everything, by life. Life gives all men everything, but most men don’t know this. My voice is tired and my fingers weak, but listen to me…..He spoke the word Undr, which means wonder.

I was overwhelmed by the song of the man who lay dying, but in his song, and in his chord, I saw my own labors, the slave girl who had given me her first love, the men I had killed, the cold dawns, the northern lights over the water, the oars. I took up the harp and sang.A Weary Mans UtopiaIn the future, old people kill themselves when they are tired of life.No one can read two thousand books.

In the four hundred years I have lived, I’ve not read more than half a dozen. And in any case, it is not the reading that matters, but the rereading. Printing, which is now forbidden, was one of the worst evils of mankind, for it tended to multiply unnecessary texts to a dizzying degree.The Book of SandThe Book of Sand is a sacred book from India with as many pages as the grains of sand on a beach, an infinite number. It has no beginning and no end. The narrator fears that someone will steal this treasure, but readers can be fickle.

What do you do with a treasure? Hide it in plain sight or bury it?“I considered fire, but I feared the burning of an infinite book might be similarly infinite, and suffocate the planet in smoke.”Shakespeares MemoryIn this fantasy, a scholar at a Shakespeare conference in London during World War I becomes possessed with Shakespeare’s memories.

He recognizes Elizabethan tunes and starts speaking in an Old English accent. Is this a gift or a curse? Will this academic mediocrity become a meteoric genius.“My fate has been Shakespeare.” What I possess are two memories—my own personal memory and the memory of that Shakespeare that I partially am. Or rather, two memories possess me. There is a place where they merge somehow.”“At first the waters of the two memories did not mix- in time, the great torrent of Shakespeare threatened to flood my own modest stream-- and very nearly did so.

“Borges loved the idea of infinity. For me, a sentence from Borges is a line in a mathematical sense as well as an aesthetic sense. A “line” from Borges consists of an infinite number of planes--the hypervolume, an infinite number of volumes. It is through my reading of Borges that I touch the infinite and color my own memories in exotic paint.November 12, 2012Here are links to my six Borges reviews.Ficcioneshttp://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...The Aleph:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...Dreamtigers:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...Universal History of Iniquity:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...Brodie’s Report:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...The Book of Sand and Memoryhttp://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

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