Piranesi | Designing from Ruins of AntiquityAmong the many conundrums of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The Immortal” is the City of Immortals. The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges. First Edition Provenance: February as a short story (Publisher unknown). Excerpt Provenance. By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Caeares, and Norman Thomas di No longer subject to the exigencies of corporeality, they were immortal.

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That day, all was revealed to me. Short borgss by Jorge Luis Borges short stories Argentine speculative fiction works. That the bosom of those barbaric lands, where the Earth is the mother of monsters, might succor a famous city—such a thing seemed unthinkable to us all. He claims that he does not want to describe it but nonetheless adds: Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable and the perilous. The City of the Immortals is a monument to the senseless horror of living forever.

His best-known books, Ficciones Fictions and El Aleph The Alephpublished in the s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, rhe religion.

The Immortal (short story)

Why Utopia Invisible Cities. At the foot of the mountain ran a noiseless, impure stream, clogged by sand and rubble; on the far bank, the patent City of the Immortals shone dazzlingly in the last or first rays of the sun.

His knowledge of literature from all over the world that spanned from texts from Egypt, Middle East to Britain and Americas allowed him to construct narratives that were unique, to say the least, but at the same time universally approachable.

Some of the men, those who were most temerarious, slept with their faces exposed to the moon; soon they burned with fever. Eventually, he frees himself from his bonds and journeys onward into the Immortala of Immortals, accompanied by a Immorrals. Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. Borges was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires.


The Immortals by Jorge Luis Borges – An Analogy is a Signpost

I watched Troy recently, which decides to focus on Achilles as a hero and presents him as a conflicted man. It has an introduction with a quote by Francis Bacon — who Borges respected as an artistic entityfive chapters and a postscript. And the future is death.

Your email address will not be published. I went back to my Jungian psychology to get through some of his stories, because Borges immortzls deeply into the collective unconscious, deep into the extinction of the individual. Just before dying, he tells Rufus about a river whose waters bestow immortality on whoever drinks from it.

Jorge Luis Borges’ City of the Immortals (Utopias and Dystopias #5)

So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion. The troglodyte who makes patterns in the sand and the hero Rufus who finds himself questing after and achieving immortality should be seen as synonymous, all-encompassing representations of the choosing individual within the infinite flux of the universe’s permutations.

I know only that I was accompanied by the constant fear that when I emerged from the last labyrinth I would be surrounded once again by the abominable City of the Immortals. The Roman soldier Marcus Flaminius Rufus sets out across the desert with soldiers and mercenaries to find the river of immorality and the City of the Immortals.

As a writer, let me tell you a few things about Borges. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The sides of the cavity were humid, and had been polished as much by time as by human hands. Weariness made my muscles slack, but I climbed the stairs, only pausing from time to time to sob clumsily with joy.

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The Answer, I said that the answer to life is death. Immortality would strip humanity of its achievements and its value: He wanders through a labyrinth for an interminable time, eventually emerging into the horrific City of the Immortals.


Labyrinths are confusing, but comprehensible. I know not how long I wandered under the earth; I do know that from time to time, in a confused dream of home, I conflated the horrendous village of the barbarians and the city of my birth, among the clusters of grapes.

Though he has a name, he loses it in the middle of the story and the primitive men surrounding him live in a world of wordlessness: All that night I did not sleep, for there was a combat in my heart. Often, especially early in his career, the mixture of fact and fantasy crossed the line into the realm of hoax or literary forgery.

In their self- absorption, they scarcely perceived the physical world. Related posts in Utopias and Dystopias: That loss of memory, now insurmountable, was borgss willful; it is possible that the circumstances of imomrtals escape were so unpleasant that on some day no less lost to memory I swore to put them immrtals of borgea mind. They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; brges is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream.

But the content shared here proved that elixir of immortality does exist. What does the City of the Immortals tell us about immortality?

Then I reflected upon its peculiarities, and told myself: We are human because we can have quandaries with death, we can contemplate it. At the end of one corridor, a not unforeseen wall blocked my path— and a distant light fell upon me.

I noted its peculiarities and said: But Borges provides a different answer: I felt that it had existed before humankind, before the world itself.