Jorge Luis Borges, the power of the seer
On the threshold of the world we Borges dizzy. Borges if enough of us tick, but at the same time attracts and fascinates. All that to him it seemed natural to become unreal to him, huge, endless. And it was in the whirlwind of his countless abstractions and references, its impossible plots something makes us savor the intoxicating taste complexity and confusion than anything else.
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The Transfiguration of our own history
Borges shows a man in his infinite possibilities and abilities. Life - this interweaving of endless branching paths: before each event, we are free to choose from the different "futures", that is, the various alternatives. Our personal life - it's just a thread in an infinite web of possible realities. Eternal chess game with unpredictable possibilities.
Mirror image, often present in the works of Borges, refers to the cleavage-multiplication of personality to other "I" dwelling within each of us. Labyrinth with its false paths symbolizes the unfriendly attitude of the reality of life emanating from only one reason. In addition, the labyrinth - a symbol of the loss: that it ends up looking for something in an endless circle of life, something like that (God or man), as you can find yourself.
The inner eye of
In the words of Italo Calvino, "Borges always had the ability to" see "things and helps the reader to see them." In the gloomy darkness of Borges, the blind seer, he teaches us to look not with the eyes, and the inner eye. Life - it is not only the reality and consciousness, but also a dream, a memory, an unconscious activity, mystery, something ineffable, gods and demons. Cyberspace. Not only that you can see and touch, but also what does not exist, it can not touch or see - it's all part of our lives and therefore are equally valuable. The reality is not always so, as we see it. Reality (physical and mental) is always mixed with fiction.
Jorge Luis Borges' Book of Books. Tom secrets "" I have always imagined paradise with something like a library, "- Jorge Luis Borges admitted to the famous Argentine writer, has won more and glory" of the main reader of the twentieth century. " Borges was a librarian for 27 years. Great digester and hoaxer, he realized his passion for books, not only in his own work, but also in the preparation of anthologies.
The pleasure of reading
"I've always been a big reader than writer." Borges lived among books, with books, books - real and invented. Reading was for Borges a form of happiness. He said that "no one obliges us to read the book from the first page to the last. If the book you are bored, put it - so it was not written for you. " Borges also teaches us to live literature as an act of creation, adhering to daily life. In other words - admit to their relationship with the life of their own knowledge. The book offers, requests and calls, comes to life, while the reader by means of books and his imagination back to the forgotten places, revives memories and different states of mind. Thus the reader becomes in your mind by the author of the book he was reading.
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- 1899: Born August 24 in Buenos Aires. Father, Jorge Guillermo, was a lawyer and a professor of English and psychology.
- 1906 Borges wrote his first short story, "The decisive visor", inspired by an episode of "Don Quixote." After 3 years in El pais publish his Spanish translation of Oscar Wilde story "The Happy Prince".
- 1914-1921: Borges goes to Europe together with their parents. During his studies, he attends lectures in Lugano, Geneva and Spain.
- 1923 Back in Argentina, Borges published his first collection of poems "The heat of Buenos Aires" and founded a literary magazine.
- 1937: Borges gets a job in his first public library as an assistant.
- 1941: The Borges publishes a collection of short stories "Fictions", in 1949 - a collection of "Aleph", and in 1952 - a collection of "New investigation."
- 1955: Borges was appointed director of the National Library.
- 1970, Borges published "Message Brody" - a collection of 11 short stories devoted to his elderly mother.
- 1972 published a collection of Borges's "Golden Tiger".
- 1986, Borges died of cancer on June 14 in Geneva. Until his death, he was very supportive of his second wife, Maria Kodama.