الصانع Jorge Luis Borges


Published: 1996


140 pages


الصانع  by  Jorge Luis Borges

الصانع by Jorge Luis Borges
1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 140 pages | ISBN: | 4.17 Mb

In this night of his mortal eyes into which he was descending, love and adventure were also awaiting him. A rumor of glory and hexameters. The rumor of black ships that set sail in search of a beloved isle, the rumor of the Odysseys and Iliads that it was his fate to sing and to leave echoing in the cupped hands of human memory.

These things we know, but not those that he felt as he descended into his last darkness.--“The Maker”In “Dreamtigers” (aka “The Maker”), Borges comes to terms with his own blindness. Indeed, some of the 25 “stories” are so short, they are mere fragments, like the dreams and memories that thread the collection.

In his afterword, Borges declares Dreamtigers his most personal, disorganized, and motley collection.The MakerA man in ancient Greece goes blind (like Borges) but still dreams of writing poems celebrating mythology. (Borges defies his own blindness and declares that his voice, like Homer’s, will be heard despite the darkness.)When he learned he was going blind, he cried out.

Now I will not be able to see the sky filled with mythological dread or this face that the years transfigure. Days and nights passed over the despair of his flesh, but one morning he awoke, looked (with calm now) at the blurred things that lay about him, and felt inexplicably, the way one might feel recognizing a melody or a voice, that all this happened to him before and that he had faced it with fear but also with joy and hopefulness and curiosity. Then he descended into his memory, which seemed to him endless, and managed to draw up from that vertigo the lost remembrance that gleamed like a coin in the rain, perhaps because he had never really looked at it except (perhaps) in a dream.DreamtigersTigers prowl throughout all of Borges’ collections:“In my childhood I was a fervent worshiper of the tiger.

My childhood outgrown, the tigers and my passion for them faded, but they are still in my dreams. In that undergrown sea or chaos, they still endure.”ToenailsWhat is the purpose of toenails other than to be cut? What is the purpose of humans to whom death comes? Do toenails continue to grow after death? What of humans?Covered MirrorsThe narrator tells a woman about his fear of mirrors, and then, the woman, if we believe the narrator, develops her own problems with mirrors.One of my insistent pleas to God and my guardian angel was that I not dream of mirrors- I recall clearly that I would keep one eye on them uneasily.

I feared sometimes that they would begin to veer off from reality- other times, that I would see my face in them disfigured by strange misfortunes. I have learned that this horror is monstrously abroad in the world again.Argumentum OrnitholicumConsider an argument for existence or nonexistence of God based on whether the number of birds is definite or indefinite.The CaptiveConsult Proust if you doubt the endurance of childhood memories. A boy, captured by the Indians, returns as an adult who has forgotten his native Spanish language but remembers exactly where he hid something as a child.The MountebankBorges was a conservative in Argentine politics and was suspicious of Argentine populism, as exemplified in this story, wherein a man pretends to be the Argentine President, General Juan Peron, and even travels with Eva Peron in her coffin.

Who was the real charlatan?“The man in mourning was not Peron and the blond-haired mannequin was not the woman Eva Duarte, but then Peron was not Peron, either, they were unknown and anonymous persons who acted out, for the credulous love of the working people, a crass and ignoble ideology.”The Witness“What will die with me the day I die? What pathetic or frail images will die with me?” In a stable, a Saxon lying amid the odor of animals tries to will himself to death, much as a man might will himself to sleep.

“The world will be a little poorer when this Saxon man is dead.”Borges and IThe author wonders if anyone cares for his real self, as opposed to the professional writer, Borges. Are they two people or one person?Paradiso, XXXI, 108“Some feature of the crucified face may lurk in every mirror- perhaps the face died, faded away, so that God may be all faces.”Everything and NothingWho was the real Shakespeare? Shakespeare or his characters?

“He discovered himself standing before God, and said to Him: I who have been so many men in vain, wish to be one, to be myself. God’s voice answered him out of the whirlwind: I too am not I- I dreamed the world as you, Shakespeare, dreamed your own work, and among the forms of my dreams are you, who like me are many, yet no one.”Inferno, I, 32“Dante was to die in Ravenna, as unjustified and alone as any other man.

In a dream, God told him the secret purpose of his life and work- Dante, astonished, learned at last who he was and what he was, and he blessed the bitterness of his life.”Borges--Borges and I“Years ago I tried to free myself from him.” Borges, the author, compares his identity as a writer, to that of a person who has an ego. He thinks of whether the personal Borges shares in the triumphs and failures of Borges the writer. “So my life is a point-counterpoint, a kind of fugue, and a falling away.”In Memorian, JFKThis bullet is an old one.

In the dawn of time it was the stone that Cain hurled at Abel, and in the future it shall be many things that we cannot even imagine today, but that will be able to put an end to men and their wondrous, fragile life.ConclusionAs a bibliophile, I cannot imagine a worse disability than blindness-- a paraplegia of the senses.

Borges feels the gravitation of his books, which he can no longer read, and falls back on the visionary power of his dreams and his memory, which are threads woven throughout these stories. In “Dreamtigers,” Borges used his gifts to reimagine the darkness as a Homeric adventure.November 11, 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/...Book of Sand and Memory:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

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