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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When humans live solely in the present world, we become like animals as well.

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

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. I know not how long I wandered under the earth; I do know that from time to time, in a confused dream of home, I conflated the horrendous village of the barbarians and the city of my birth, among the clusters of grapes.

Herein the following five chapters are purported to have been found in the last of six volumes in small quarto —20 of Alexander Pope ‘s Iliadgiven to the Princess of Lucinge by a rare bookseller named Joseph Cartaphilus. Some people have a bad relationship with death and refuse to acknowledge it until the time has come. Horribly, I grew used to that dubious world; it began to seem incredible that anything could exist save nine-doored cellars and long, forking subterranean corridors.

Why Utopia Invisible Cities. At the end of one corridor, a not unforeseen wall blocked my path— and a distant light fell upon me. More than any other feature of that incredible monument, I was arrested by the great antiquity of its construction. He has entered a realm of namelessness, a realm where the individual dies and returns to the cosmic fold of anonymity.


Borges was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. We should not be surprised by that—it is rumored that after singing of the war of Ilion, he sang of the war between the frogs and rats.

Though he has a name, he loses it in the middle of the story and the primitive men surrounding him live in a world of wordlessness: I remember nothing else. They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream.

The Immortal (short story)

A hundred or more irregular niches like my own riddled the mountain and the valley. The sides of the cavity were humid, and had been polished as much by time as by human hands.

A labyrinth is a structure compounded to confuse men; its architecture, rich in symmetries is subordinated to that end. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Often a paradox that ought to bowl us over does not strike us in the abstract form given to it by philosophers.

Argos has no language; desperately, the man tries to teach Argos, but nothing ever comes of it.

As long as it lasts, no one in the world can be strong or happy. In the palace I imperfectly explored, the architecture lacked tbe such finality.

Seen in this manner, all our acts are just, but they are also indifferent. And many a time, I thought about writing my thoughts on his stories, only to find that I had no words to say. Borges also comments on literary idealism in which the identities of component authors HomerShakespeare and Borges norges appear to merge into one another.


As for the City whose renown had spread to the very Ganges, the Immortals had destroyed it almost nine hundred years ago. Rufus, horrified and repulsed by the city, immorals it as “a chaos of heterogeneous words, the body of a tiger or a bull in which teeth, organs and heads monstrously pullulate in mutual conjunction and hatred.

The Immortal (short story) – Wikipedia

So long as this City endures, no one in the world can ever be happy or courageous. I read books with a new fervor. Rufus spends centuries living with the Immortals, mostly immersed in thought, until the notion of the existence of a river with the powers to “take away” immortality causes the group to scatter in search of it in the tenth century. Skip to content I have issues accepting the past as the past.

Its patent antiquity though somehow terrible to the eyes seemed to accord with the labor of immortal artificers.

A bloody rider was approaching from the east, weak with exhaustion. The story ends jmmortals a brief postscript which discusses the fictional book A Coat of Many Colours by Dr.

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