Collected Fictions by Jorges Luis Borges


I'm slowly working my way through this.


  • The framing of the stories (as one small part of a undiscovered, unmentioned, or forgotten whole) combined with the level of detail and precision (in names, places, description) results in a incredibly solid feeling.

The Lottery In Babylon

This story immediately brings to mind my problem with rogue likes. It can also be read in someways as an evolution of a worldview.


  • The Library of Babel
  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
  • The Dead Man
  • The Lottery in Babel
  • The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
  • the circular ruins

Annotations & Highlights

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

(On one particular Islamic night, which is called the Night of Nights, the secret portals of the heavens open wide and the water in the water jars is sweeter than on other nights; if those gates had opened as I sat there, I would not have felt what I was feeling that evening.)
For the people of Tlön, the world is not an amalgam of objects in space; it is a heterogeneous series of independent acts —the world is successive, temporal, but not spatia


It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books—setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.

Preface to the First Edition

Reading, meanwhile, is an activity subsequent to writing—more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
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