“Avelino Arredondo” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Avelino Arredondo” by Jorge Luis Borges translated by Andrew Hurley The incident occurred in Montevideo in 1897. Every Saturday the friends took the same table, off to one side, in the Café del Globo, like the poor honest men they were, knowing they cannot invite their friends home, or perhaps escaping it. They were all… Continue reading “Avelino Arredondo” — Jorge Luis Borges

Read “The Yellow Rose” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

“The Yellow Rose” by Jorge Luis Borges Translated by Andrew Hurley It was neither that afternoon nor the next that Giambattista Marino died— that illustrious man proclaimed by the unanimous mouths of Fame (to use an image that was dear to him) as the new Homer or the new Dante—and yet the motionless and silent… Continue reading Read “The Yellow Rose” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

“Covered Mirrors,” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

“Covered Mirrors” by Jorge Luis Borges Translated by Andrew Hurley Islam tells us that on the unappealable Day of Judgment, all who have perpetrated images of living things will reawaken with their works, and will be ordered to blow life into them, and they will fail, and they and their works will be cast into… Continue reading “Covered Mirrors,” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

“The Plot,” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

“The Plot” by Jorge Luis Borges English translation by Andrew Hurley To make his horror perfect, Caesar, hemmed about at the foot of a statue by his friends’ impatient knives, discovers among the faces and the blades the face of Marcus Junius Brutus, his ward, perhaps his very son—and so Caesar stops defending himself, and… Continue reading “The Plot,” a very short story by Jorge Luis Borges

Bolaño’s Borges

Jorge Luis Borges is first mentioned in the sixth paragraph of Roberto Bolaño’s masterful short story “The Insufferable Gaucho.” In this paragraph, the narrator tells us that the story’s hero, an ex-judge named Pereda, believed “the best Argentine writers were Borges and his son; any further commentary on that subject was superfluous.” Several paragraphs later, Bolaño’s […]

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