Piranesi | Designing from Ruins of AntiquityAmong the many conundrums of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The Immortal” is the City of Immortals. The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges. First Edition Provenance: February as a short story (Publisher unknown). Excerpt Provenance. By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Caeares, and Norman Thomas di No longer subject to the exigencies of corporeality, they were immortal.

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The introduction takes place in London bogges the first part of June This City, I thought, is so horrific that its mere existence, the mere fact of its having endured — even in the middle of a secret desert— pollutes the past and the future and somehow compromises the stars. It has an introduction with a quote by Francis Bacon — who Borges respected as an artistic entityfive chapters and a postscript.

The founding of this city was the last symbol to which the Immortals had descended; it marks the point at which, esteeming all blrges vain, they resolved immrotals live in thought, in pure speculation. No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. The City of Immortals does not allow any relief from confusion because it has no order. That loss of memory, now insurmountable, was perhaps willful; it is possible that the circumstances of my escape were so unpleasant that on some day no less lost to memory Bprges swore to put them out of my mind.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The reason why Achilles was a horrible creature was because he was immortal; he believed he was immortal, anyway. Voltaire, Candide or Optimism.

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The story tells about a character who mistakenly achieves immortality and then, weary of a long life, struggles to lose it and writes an account of his experiences.

But it is not merely a matter that the narrative is unreliable; rather, immortality destroys the conventions of authorship and of narration itself. The sides of the cavity were humid, and had been polished as much thf time as by human hands.


The troglodyte who makes patterns in the sand and the hero Rufus who finds himself questing after and achieving immortality should be seen as synonymous, thee representations of the choosing individual within the infinite flux of the universe’s permutations. Mimortals real places with fictional attributes and vice versa, the author swiftly assigns a heightened importance to the journey rather than the destination alone.

As for the City whose renown had spread to the very Ganges, the Immortals had destroyed it almost nine hundred years ago. The lengthy discourse strives to expand the intellect and stretch the imagination, but hardly grasping the helm of lmmortals if one was not of great aptitude, that is — or more accurately, the reality of being.

In vain did my weary feet walk round it; the black foundation revealed not the slightest irregularity, and the invariance of the walls proscribed even a single door. He also comments on literary idealism in the book, in which the identities of component authors Homer, Shakespeare and Borges himself appear to merge into one another.

The Immortal (short story)

Gaining my English degree incited a fire in my bones for literature; the real studying came after I had graduated. He also told me of his own old age and of that late journey he had made—driven, like Ulysses, by the intention to arrive at the nation of men that know not what the sea is, that eat not salted meat, that know not what an oar might be.

I cannot say whether these are literal examples I have given; I do know that for many years they plagued my troubled dreams; I can no longer know whether any given feature is a faithful transcription of reality or one of the shapes unleashed by my nights. Rufus wakes up from a nightmare to find himself tied up in a small recess on the side of a mountain inhabited by Troglodytes. I emerged into a kind of small plaza—a courtyard might better describe it.

The quest for the river of immortality — ultimately, an impure stream — is a reflection on immortality itself. The story is about a character who embarks on a journey to achieve immortality, and after mistakenly acquiring it and weary of a long life, struggles to lose it and writes an account of his experiences. I thought I recognized these men: I explored the uninhabited spaces, and I corrected myself: However, it can also be said, without too subtle of an insight, that Rufus becomes the immortal once he embarks upon his journey.


Immortality would strip humanity of its achievements and its value: I said this, I know, in a tone of incomprehensible reproof that verged upon remorse—with more intellectual i,mortals than sensory fear. Some people have a bad relationship with death and refuse to acknowledge it until the time has come.

Jorge Luis Borges’ City of the Immortals (Utopias and Dystopias #5)

As such, the infinite represents complete contradiction of the individual and also its validation. The story ends with a brief postscript which discusses the fictional book A Coat immkrtals Many Colours by Dr.

Cautiously at first, with indifference as time went on, desperately toward the end, I wandered the staircases and inlaid floors of that labyrinthine palace.

Weariness made my muscles slack, but I climbed the stairs, only pausing from time to boorges to sob clumsily with joy. In their self- absorption, they scarcely perceived the physical world. It was surrounded by a single building, of irregular angles and varying heights. I have accepted the fact that I will be a student my entire life.

The story consists of a quote, an introduction, five chapters, and a postscript. They knew that in an infinite period of time, all things happen to all men. Email required Address never made public.