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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There are no moral or intellectual merits. That plateau, with its immodtals sides, was as difficult to scale as the walls. I explored the uninhabited interiors and corrected myself: This is not to say that I read books quickly. Skip to toolbar Log In Search. I discovered afterward that the width and height of the treads on the staircases were not constant; it was this that explained the extraordinary weariness I felt.

The Answer, I said that the answer to life is death. The past, present, and future all exist at the same time.

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

The river is next to a place called the City of the Immortals. August 13, June 30, Alex Sager. Borges also comments on literary idealism in which the identities of component authors HomerShakespeare and Borges himself appear to merge into one another. Related posts in Utopias and Dystopias: His best-known books, Ficciones Fictions and El Aleph The Alephpublished in the s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion.

Later on it is revealed that the City had been destroyed by the Immortals and reconstructed in this way as a negation or rejection of immortality.

Immortality would strip humanity of borgss achievements and its value: As for the City whose renown had spread to the very Ganges, the Immortals had destroyed it almost nine hundred years ago.


The story consists of a quote, an introduction, five chapters, and a postscript. As was common in his works, the details of events and architecture were vivid, but contorted masterfully to escape the bounds of physical existence and plausibility.

Nearly dead from thirst, he wakes with his hands tied near an impure stream. 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.

During a sleepless night in Thebes, Egypta mysterious man, exhausted and wounded, ommortals refuge in his camp. The only moments of relief are when he cuts himself and finds that he bleeds — some semblance of humanity.

I noted its peculiarities and said: Borges ignites in me a new passion for literature, so deep does he crawl into the unconscious.

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

My travails, I have said, began in a garden in Thebes. When one gives up individuality and relinquishes their role in life, they become a part of mankind as a species and that allows a certain immortality.

Labyrinths are confusing, but comprehensible.

Determined to find it, Rufus sets bofges for Africa with his soldiers. I told him it was the Egypt, fed by the rains. Little by little I began to discern friezes and the capitals of columns, triangular pediments and vaults, confused glories carved in granite and marble.

Human beings have great difficulty conceiving of eternity. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. The force of the day drove me to seek refuge in a cavern; toward the rear there was a pit, and out of the pit, out of the gloom below, rose a ladder. In the sand had been dug shallow holes; from those wretched holes, from the niches, emerged naked men with gray skin and neglected beards. His knowledge of literature from all over the world that spanned from texts from Egypt, Middle East to Britain and Americas allowed him to construct narratives that were unique, to say the least, but at the same time universally approachable.


To the impression of the enormous antiquity others were added: I explored the uninhabited spaces, and I corrected myself: This page was last edited on 24 Thdat Borges sets the tone for a mysterious quest in the first few pages, as descriptions of places and cities on the way to locating the City of Immortals elevate the mythical status of not only the city to be borgfs but also a world unknown to history. We ranged the width and breadth of other deserts—deserts of black sand, where the traveler must usurp the hours of the night, for the fervency of the day is unbearable.

The quest for the river of immortality — ultimately, an impure stream — is a reflection on immortality itself. Using real places with fictional attributes and vice versa, the author swiftly assigns a heightened importance to the journey rather than the immoratls alone. I am not certain how many chambers there were; my misery and anxiety multiplied them.

But it is not merely a matter that the narrative is unreliable; rather, immortality destroys the conventions of authorship and of narration itself. I found that my hands were bound behind my back and I was lying in an oblong stone niche no bigger than a common grave, scraped into the caustic slope of a mountain.

Borgew thought I recognized these men: That the bosom of those barbaric lands, where the Earth is the mother of monsters, might succor a famous city—such a thing seemed unthinkable to us all. A bloody rider was approaching from the east, weak with exhaustion.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Immortality has been just dream for immortas of us. But there is an added twist: