The Aleph and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) by Jorge Luis Borges

By Jorge Luis Borges

Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, those tales comprise a few of Borges’s so much totally discovered human characters. With uncanny perception he is taking us contained in the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a lady plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a guy looking ahead to his murderer in a Buenos Aires visitor house.  This quantity additionally includes the hauntingly short vignettes approximately literary mind's eye and private id gathered within the Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public repute started to undermine his experience of self.

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The bottle was gone. ” Harry snarled at me. “You’ll do,” I said. ” he said. “I’ll be going now. . See you around, Stella,” he said to Helene, and he left. He slammed the door behind him. ” I said. ” she said. “The part of Stella is yours,” I said. ” she said. “I had no idea you had that much fire in you, dear,” Doris said to her. ” said Helene. She didn’t know if she was afoot or on horseback. “Skyrockets! Pinwheels! ” said Doris. ‘‘MG’’ said Helene. And that was all she said. She looked as though she were going to sit in the chair with her mouth open forever.

That girl hasn’t got a bubble in her,” said Doris. So we called down the stairs for Helene to come back on up, and we told somebody to go find Harry. Harry never sat with the rest of the people at tryouts-or at rehearsals either. 20 WHO A M I THIS TIME? The minute he didn’t have a part to play, he’d disappear into some hiding place where he could hear people call him, but where he couldn’t be seen. At tryouts in the library he generally hid in the reference room, passing the time looking at flags of different countries in the front of the dictionary.

The 36 WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE telephone was tapped by agents hidden in the Howard Johnson’s. Billy the Poet was believed to be on the line. His call had been traced. Police were already on their way to grab him. “Keep him on, keep him on,” the sheriff whispered to Nancy, and he gave her the telephone as though it were solid gold. ” said Nancy. ” said a man. His voice was disguised. He might have been speaking through a kazoo. ” Nancy could hear sirens screaming in the background of the call.

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