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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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Some people have a bad relationship with death and refuse to acknowledge it until the time has come.

Indoctrinated by a practice of centuries, the republic of immortal men had attained the perfection of tolerance and almost that of indifference. Rufus wanders the world, fighting at Stamford Bridgetranscribing the voyages of Sindbad the Sailorand buying the aforementioned edition of Pope’s Iliad in I have accepted the fact that I will be a student my entire life.

Using immortalx places with fictional attributes and vice versa, the author swiftly assigns a heightened importance to the journey rather than the destination alone.

He told me that the country of his birth was a mountain that lay beyond borgex Ganges; it immortal rumored on that mountain, he told me, that if one traveled westward, to the end of the world, one would come to the river whose waters give immortality.

I felt that it had existed before humankind, before the world itself. Over the next few days he explores the area and unknowingly drinks from the polluted stream — the river of immortality — to achieve immortality. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will borgess be published. Subsequent events have so distorted the memory of our first days that now they are impossible to put straight.

Skip to content I have issues accepting the past as the past.


Borgees introduction takes place in London in the first part of June During a sleepless night in Thebes, Egypta mysterious man, exhausted and wounded, seeks refuge in his camp. This article needs additional citations for verification. In the palace that I imperfectly explored, the architecture had no purpose.

The Immortal (short story)

Instead of finding a city, he finds a labyrinth; Borges was fascinated with labyrinths, which I can respect.

In the sand had been dug shallow holes; from those wretched holes, from the niches, emerged naked men with gray skin and neglected beards.

Before departing on his journey, Rufus notes: Little by little I began to discern friezes and the capitals of columns, triangular pediments and vaults, confused glories carved in granite and marble.

The City of Immortals does not allow any relief from confusion because it has no order. Borges was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. I told him it was the Egypt, fed by the rains.

I raised my dazzled eyes; above, vertiginously high above, I saw a circle of sky so blue it was almost purple.

However, it can also be said, without too subtle of an insight, that Rufus becomes the immortal once he embarks upon his journey. Nearly dead from thirst, he thd with his hands tied near an impure stream.

From afar I made out immorrals mountain which gives its name to the Ocean; on its slopes grows the euphorbia, an antidote to poisons, and on its peak live the Satyrs, a nation of wild and rustic men given to lasciviousness. For other uses, see Immortal disambiguation. As for the City whose renown had spread to the very Ganges, the Immortals had destroyed it almost nine hundred years ago.

I discovered afterward that the width mimortals height of the treads on the staircases were not constant; it was this that explained the extraordinary weariness I felt. In the palace I imperfectly explored, the architecture lacked any such finality. And the future is death. Thus we continued with our march, for to have regressed would have been to dishonor ourselves. At the end of one corridor, a not unforeseen wall blocked my path— and a distant light fell upon me.


The Immortals by Jorge Luis Borges – An Analogy is a Signpost

And many a time, I thought about writing my thoughts on his stories, only to find that I had no words to say. I would sit and read, my coffee going cold, while I tapped my forehead bprges a ragged nail, immortqls down notes feverishly.

The quest for the river of immortality — ultimately, an impure stream — is a reflection on immortality itself. A labyrinth is a structure compounded to confuse men; its architecture, rich in symmetries is subordinated to that end.

Over the next few days, he recovers and, seeing the City of the Immortals in the distance, is able to walk there, followed by a Troglodyte. Often, especially early in his career, the mixture of fact and fantasy crossed the line into the realm of hoax or literary forgery.

Borges brilliantly layers up the interior space with psychological responses of the user, creating a narrative that blurs the boundaries of walls, mind and immorrals. As such, the infinite represents complete contradiction of the individual and also its validation.

Human beings have great difficulty conceiving of eternity. Leave rhe Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals.

Notify me of new comments via email. This palace is the work of the gods, was my first thought.