Posted by lasesana on August 27, in On Writing 3 Comments. Jorge Luis Borges is one of the best-known Latin American writers. It is difficult to summarize Borges in a few sentences. The best way to get to know Borges is to read his stories.
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To ask other readers questions about El Zahir , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of El Zahir. The author receives change after paying for a drink and realizes one of the 20 cent coins in his change is a zahir, an object that can create an obsession. The coin captures his attention, and in self defense he decides to get rid of it. Even without it he cannot stop thinking about it until he can no longer function in reality as dream and reality become one.
An excellent read, big idea with crisp execution. Only a bit light on character. The end is fantastic, the zahir being an example of how w The author receives change after paying for a drink and realizes one of the 20 cent coins in his change is a zahir, an object that can create an obsession.
The end is fantastic, the zahir being an example of how we call live in a dream world of obsession and the objects in our lives capture our attention based on our story about them. Powerful end. Highly recommend Dec 15, Gary rated it it was amazing. Glimpses of the unknowable. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. About Jorge Luis Borges. Jorge Luis Borges.
In , his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in , Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals.
He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In , he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor.
His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists. Books by Jorge Luis Borges. Related Articles. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our lis Read more Trivia About El Zahir.
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Jorge Luis Borges On Writing Short Stories: El Zahir
The Zahir. In Buenos Aires the Zahir is a common twenty-centavo coin into which a razor or penknife has scratched the letters N T and the number two; the date stamped on the face is In Gujarat, at the end of the eighteenth century, Zahir was a tiger; in Java a blind man in the Sukarta mosque who was stoned by the faithful; in Persia, an astrolabe that Nadir Shah ordered thrown into the sea; in the prisons of Mahdi, in , a small compass, wrapped in a shred of cloth from a turban that Rudolf Karl von Slatin touched; in the synagogue of Cordoba, according to Zotenberg, a vein in the marble of one of the twelve hundred pillars; in the Jewish quarter of Tetuan, the bottom of a well. Today is the thirteenth of November; last June 7, at dawn, the Zahir came into my hands; I am not the man I was then, but I am still able to recall, and perhaps recount, what happened. I am still, albeit only partially, Borges.
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It is one of the stories in the book The Aleph and Other Stories , first published in , and revised by the author in Zahir is a person or an object that has the power to create an obsession in everyone who sees it, so that the affected person perceives less and less of reality and more and more of the Zahir, at first only while asleep, then at all times. In the story, a fictionalized version of Borges gets the Zahir in his change after paying for a drink in the form of a 20 cents coin. Borges then tells the reader about a train of thought focused on famous coins throughout history and legend , and the fact that a coin symbolizes our free will , since it can be turned into anything. These feverish thoughts keep him awake for a while. The next day, Borges decides to lose the coin.