Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952 (Texas Pan American)

Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952 (Texas Pan American)

Jorge Luis Borges, Ruth L.C. Simms

Language: English

Pages: 223

ISBN: 0292760027

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This remarkable book by one of the great writers of our time includes essays on a proposed universal language, a justification of suicide, a refutation of time, the nature of dreams, and the intricacies of linguistic forms. Borges comments on such literary figures as Pascal, Coleridge, Cervantes, Hawthorne, Whitman, Valéry, Wilde, Shaw, and Kafka. With extraordinary grace and erudition, he ranges in time, place, and subject from Omar Khayyam to Joseph Conrad, from ancient China to modern England, from world revolution to contemporary slang.

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of Edward FitzGerald A man named Omar ben Ibrahim is born in Persia in the elev­ enth century of the Christian era (for him, that century was the fifth of the Hejira); he learns the Koran and its traditions with Hassan ben Sabbah, the future founder of the sect of the Hashishin or Assassins, and with Nizam-al-Mulk, who will be the vizir of Alp Arslan, conqueror of the Caucasus. The three friends, half in jest, swear that if fortune happens to favor one of them some day, the lucky one will not

required by his readers, which would be anomalous in a Gaucho accustomed to such things. In Number 31 of Sur , Ezequiel Martinez Estrada wrote: lones, Aria Arias, Gumesinda The Purple Land Never before has there been a poet, a painter, or an interpreter of things Argentine like Hudson, nor will there ever be again. Hernandez is one part of the cosmorama of our life that Hudson sang, described, and explained . . . The final pages of The Purple Land express the maximum philosophy and the supreme

suffers them or executes them. (With another mythology or vocabulary, our century speaks of the unconscious.) The humanity of the Son, the second person of God, was able to shout from the Cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”; similarly, the Buddha’s humanity was capable of horror at the forms his own divinity had created. Such dogmatic subtleties are not indispensable for a solution of the problem. It suffices to remember that all the religions of India and in particular Buddhism

Parmenides. Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Francis Bradley; the other is Heraclitus, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, William James. In the arduous schools of the Middle Ages they all invoke Aristotle, the master of human reason (Convivio. IV, 2), but the nominalists are Aristotle; the realists. Plato. George Henry Lewes has observed that the only medieval debate of any philosophical value is the debate between nominalism and realism. This opinion is rather temerarious, but it emphasizes the importance of the

Erigena, called Nihil), Bernard Shaw educed almost innumerable persons, or dramatis personae: the 2 Also in Swedenborg. In Man and Superman we read that Hell is not a penal establishment but a state that dead sinners choose, because they feel an affinity with it, just as the good choose Heaven. Swedenborg’s treatise De Coelo et Inferno, published in 1758, expresses the same doctrine. 165 most ephemeral, I suspect, is G. B. S., who represented him to the public and who supplied such a wealth of

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