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Seven Nights

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The incomparable Borges delivered these seven lectures in Buenos Aires in 1977; attendees were treated to Borges erudition on the following topics: Dante's The Divine Comedy, Nightmares, Thousand and One Dreams, Buddhism, Poetry, The Kabbalah, and Blindness.
Paperback, 121 pages
Published May 29th 1985 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1977)
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Léonard Gaya
Dec 30, 2015 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este librito es magnífico.

Hacia 1977, Borges pronunció siete conferencias en el Coliseo de Buenos Aires, que quedan aquí transcritas. Aquí se descubre a Borges en su manera de hablar, siempre amena, aunque hable de temas eruditos, a veces difíciles de entender (la literatura, el cuerpo). A mi me ha parecido oír su voz tranquila y, a menudo, risueña.

La primera trata de la "Divina Comedia" de Dante y es, tal vez, el mejor elogio que he podido leer sobre esta obra. Dice Borges: "La Comedia es un li
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Bastet
Sep 10, 2015 Bastet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siete noches es uno de mis libros de cabecera, de vez en cuando releo alguno de los textos, sobre todo «Las mil y una noches» y «La Divina Comedia», mis favoritos.
Borges dictó numerosas conferencias a lo largo de su vida. Las siete reunidas en este libro, magistrales, condensan la esencia de su pensamiento y son una prueba palpable de la lucidez de este escritor extraordinario. Cuánto me hubiera gustado ser una de sus oyentes y lectoras.
Imprescindible para los admiradores de Borges.
Brian
Apr 19, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
This was good. It's seven lectures that Borges gave in seven nights in Buenos Aires in 1977 (that's a lot of sevens). But it felt more like it was me an Borges sitting in a small room across from each other. He started talking to me about The Divine Comedy Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso and urged me to shed my fears and read the book. He said I would greatly be enriched. So I told him ok, I will. I was a still a bit intimidated by his presence and at that point would have stuck my hand in boiling ...more
Mamdouh Abdullah
Jul 05, 2016 Mamdouh Abdullah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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هذا هو بورخيس الذي يجب أن يُقرأ. ليس بورخيس القاص، إنه بورخيس القارئ، الموسوعي، الذي يلقي محاضرات في الجامعات، يتناول موضوعات أدبية وفلسفية ودينية بطريقة بارعة للغاية ومبهرة. بورخيس يستشهد بمصادر كثيرة، لكنه استشهاد محسوب، يدعم رؤيته أو يدلل عليها، ولا يستشهد لأجل الاستشهاد بحد ذاته. في هذه المحاضرات يتناول موضوعات: الكوميديا الإلهية، العمى، البوذية، الكابالا، الشعر، بطريقة جميلة آسرة، رؤيته لكوميديا دانتي ودلالات النص تحمل فهم عميق للنص الشعري الدانتي. بورخيس هنا ينتصر للجمال ضد النقد. على القا ...more
Ryan
Jan 17, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
A transcription of Borges lectures originally delivered in Buenos Aires. Lit-crit without the academic pom-poms. Playful takes on seven subjects: Dante's Commedia, dreams and nightmares, the endless pleasures of The Thousand and One Nights, Buddhism, poetry, the Kabbalah, and blindness. I imagine myself attending these lectures (in English) and turning the ideas over in my mind before going to sleep. Perhaps I will sleep peacefully knowing that the next night's lecture will be another food for t ...more
R.
Jul 11, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007
Finished this on my birthday. Read one chapter a day for a week--not the author's recommended method, but the obvious one. Like taking a night class. His voice, ideas echoed in my head and had an effect on some of my browsing choices for the next few weeks.

Actually, it's the translator's voice, isn't it? The lecture-transcriptionist's voice.

Borgesian, that.
Stela
Jul 02, 2014 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Seven Nights gathers seven lectures delivered by Borges in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Coliseo, between June and August 1977. As usual, the erudition is overwhelming, the subjects enthralling, the interpretation original and the passion catching. Most of all, they offer, as usual, keys for reading not only the classics but also Borges’s works, revealing his obsessions, his views and his literary games.

The first conference is dedicated to his book of all books, The Divine Comedy, which can be rea
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Masumeh

خواندنش مثل شب نشینی با پیرمرد بسیار دانایی است که شیرین سخن می گوید و بسیار بسیار می داند. هر از چند گاهی این حجم دانش متعجبت می کنی سپس تحسینت را برمی انگیزد.گاه البته آن همه ارجاعات تاریخی و فلسفی و...باعث میشوند فکر کنی هیچ نمی دانی و حس سرخوردگی کنی که باز شیرینی و عمق سخن پیرمرد تو را سر ذوق می آورد. سه تا سخنرانی اش را در مورد هزار و یکشب،بودا و قباله بیشتر از بقیه دوست داشتم. بخصوص هزار و یکشب و توصیف مردمانم از زبان بورخس. .

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Մառա
Mar 14, 2016 Մառա rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Ուզում եմ ասեմ, որ էս գրքից հետո ինչ-որ ուրիշ գրքերի 5 դնելը ավելի դժվար կլինի: Անթերի էր: Ոչ մի ավել/պակաս բառ կամ նախադասություն չկար: Անպայման էլի եմ կարդալու (հատկապես «Աստվածային կատակերգությունն» ու «Հազար ու մի գիշերը» կարդալուց հետո)
Brenda
Tengo un problema con Borges... Por mas grandioso que sea, nunca termino de disfrutar sus libros :/
Gustavo Enrique  Ortiz Clavijo
Nos hemos acostumbrado a leer a Borges, no a releer a Borges sobre nuestros actos mismos, sobre los mismos libros que asumimos de Borges dentro de nuestra enciclopedia lectora.

Seguimos la formalidad de nuestras reflexiones, de las interpretaciones exigidas y dejamos dos o tres links suficientes para decir que hemos consumido Borges. Sí, consumido, consumición de las fases explorativa, interpretativa, crítica y a veces creadora que se permite un ser humano, ese que es algo menos animal, en "etiqu
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umberto
Aug 23, 2013 umberto rated it liked it
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Reading this compact book of Jorge Luis Borges's seven lectures delivered in 1977 in Buenos Aires was something entertaining and informative due to his vast knowledge and in-depth understanding on each lecture topic. Nowadays his name might be less popular, few readers might not be keen on reading his works; indeed, he has long been acclaimed as one of the great writers in Latin America. Please visit this website to know him a little more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Lu..., then we may bor ...more
ArEzO.... Es
Aug 30, 2008 ArEzO.... Es rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قسمتی از مقدمه ی کتاب هفت شب با بورخس:
(( هفت سخنرانی ی گرد آوردی شده در این مجلد را بورخس در تیاتروکولیسبوی بوئنوس آیرس، در فواصل بین ژوئن تا اوت 1977 ایراد کرده است... این سخنرانی ها به طور همه جانبه ای ضبط شدند و مدتی بعد به صورت نوارهای غیر مجاز به بازار آمدند، و به شکل مثله شده ای در ضمیمه ادبی یکی از روزنامه های بوئنوس آیرس به چاپ رسیدند. بعدها، بورخس طی دوره ای دو ساله، با همکاری بارتولومیو، نسخه ای از آن سخنرانی ها را برای چاپ مورد تصحیح همه جانبه قرار داد.))
سخنرانی ها در هفت شب و هفت موض
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J.
Sep 21, 2011 J. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers
Borges believes in intersecting continua; the dreamer who writes the story that is the dream of the writer who envisions the reality that is after all, only a dream. He believes that when writing or when dreaming we are simply functioning on different planes, and that 'real life' may be only the most useful, or most convincing of these at a given moment. He believes that somebody may have dreamed us.

He believes a lot of things that cheerfully contradict each other, and has no problem with the f
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Rafael
Jul 21, 2011 Rafael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sentimos la poesía como sentimos la presencia de una mujer, escribe Borges. Y más adelante: ¿a qué diluirla en otras palabras, que sin duda serán más débiles que nuestros sentimientos?
Tropecé con esta frase, releyendo la conferencia sobre La Poesía en el libro de Siete Noches. Me llama la atención porque el mismo Borges escribe en el prólogo de la colección “Jorge Luís Borges. Biblioteca Personal”: "Un Libro es una cosa entre las cosas, un volumen perdido entre los volúmenes que pueblan el indi
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Md Estigoy

In 1977, Jorge Luis Borges delivered a series of lectures for seven nights.The said lectures were then unofficially reproduced not until Borges serialized copies of them and produced this wonderful book. The lectures were about Divine Comedy, Dreams, A Thousand and One Nights, Kaballah, Buddhism, Blindness and Poetry.

I am very much unfamiliar with Borges before I came across this compilation but after getting through with the rest of it made me think that there is a very great possibility that
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Arturo Rodriguez
Siete Noches - Jorge Luis Borges

"Tengo la pesadilla del laberinto y esto se debe, en parte, a un grabado en acero que vi en un libro francés cuando era chico. En ese grabado estaban las siete maravillas del mundo y entre ellas el laberinto de Creta. El laberinto era un gran anfiteatro, un anfiteatro muy alto (y esto se veía porque era más alto que los cipreses y que los hombres a su alrededor). En ese edificio cerrado, ominosamente cerrado, había grietas. Yo creía (o creo ahora haber creído) cuando era chico, que si tuviera u
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Oli
Jan 30, 2016 Oli rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: admirers of the western canon
Reading this delightful short transcription of seven lectures feels like having a conversation with Borges. This is truly a man of the letters. It is delightful to learn about his fascination of Dante’s Commedia and Arabian nights. I particularly liked reading the lecture on Blindness, where Borges talks about his building fascination with first the English language and then Icelandic through the Sagas and Eddas. It is a short read and likely to be enjoyable to all lovers of literature.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Aug 19, 2013 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it
Nice, comprehensive lectures from the grand-daddy of literature. I especially liked the pieces on Nightmares and Buddhism. What I found, which I seldom find even in books on psychology, is that the dreamer remembers not the dream but the memory of it. It is a very simple notion and I was delighted with how Borges handles it, calling a dream an ongoing work of fiction. That is not surprising from a man who even considered heaven as some sort of library. I truly wish I could attend one of his lect ...more
DB
Aug 28, 2009 DB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Borges is our Virgil; only he knows the way." (from the introduction by Alastair Reid)

At first you might mistake the frequency and variety of Borges' references for pretentiousness, but soon you will understand it as a symptom...of genius! Borges seems to be an expert in all things even marginally literary, and it shows very clearly in this clever, erudite, and surprisingly easy-to-read collection of essays. Since they were adapted from a series of lectures he gave, they really do read conversa
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Lalo
7 noches, 7 conferencias de Borges. ¿Qué más se puede pedir?
Me obligué a leer únicamente una conferencia por día para que durara más el gusto, y me queda claro que el nivel de erudición de Borges era simplemente colosal.

Mi "noche" favorita o que más disfruté fue sin dudas la de las mil y una noches.
Jay
Nov 23, 2015 Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2015
Interesting little essays. I didn't find these as interesting as his short stories, but they did give me some things to think about.
Harold
Feb 25, 2010 Harold rated it it was amazing
Five stars is not enough for this. Reading lectures by Borges is sheer pleasure and this book of seven lectures is fascinating from the first word to the last. We get Borges talking on subjects such as blindness, The Arabian Nights, The Divine Comedy etc and there is never a dull moment.This would be a good starting point for people who have yet to read Borges. I started with his Fictions and then went to his Non Fictions but I could have started here with as much fascination.
Rozonda
Mar 09, 2014 Rozonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta colección de conferencias de Borges es, como casi toda su obra ensayística,un deleite y un aprendizaje constante. Borges, que puede ser muy barroco y complejo en sus textos literarios, es extremadamente sencillo y ameno cuando habla de lo que ama: una prueba sería, en este libro, su conferencia sobre la cábala, un tema sobre el que he leído mucho en muchos libros de tarot por la íntima relación que guardan ambas cosas, y sin embargo, es la conferencia de Borges la que me ha hecho comprender ...more
Ashkan
Sep 21, 2014 Ashkan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چیزی در این میان وجود دارد که دانته نمیگوید، اما آدمی آنرا به گونهای غیرمستقیم احساس میکند و شاید حُسن این قسمت نیز در همین باشد. دانته سرنوشت دو دلداده را با رقتی بیپایان روایت میکند، و ما احساس میکنیم که بر سرنوشت آن دو رشک میبرد. پائولو و فرانچسکا در دوزخاند و دانته رستگاری خواهد یافت، اما آن دو به هم عشق ورزیدهاند در حالیکه او هرگز به عشق زنی که دوست میداشت نائل نشد. بیعدالتی مسلمی در میان است، و دانته، اکنون که در فراق او به سر میبرد، لابد بطور آزاردهندهای آنرا احساس میکند. برعکس او، این دو ...more
Ron
Jul 19, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Yo siempre me había imaginado el Paraíso bajo la especie de una biblioteca." (146) Yo también. Y imagino que en la biblioteca del Paraíso hay todos los libros de Borges, en que el escribe de una biblioteca infinita, interminable, que es un espejo en miniatura del universo, y también un laberinto -- un sueño -- interminable de conocimiento -- y de placer.

Yo se que, como Borges dice sobre su alemán, mi español es "deficiente" (obviamente mucho mas deficiente que el alemán de Borges), pero imagin
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Ahmad Sharabiani
مجموعه هفت سخنرانی: «کمدی الهی» (درباره اثر معروف دانته)، «کابوسها» درباره رؤیا و کابوس، «هزار و یک شب» تحلیلی از داستانهای هزار و یک شب ایرانیان، «شعر»، «قباله» درباره ادبیات کلاسیک و متون مقدس، «کوری» درباره زندگی و نابینایی نویسنده، مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر مرکز، ...more
Juan
May 17, 2016 Juan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Magníficas conferencias. Transcripciones revisadas por el mismo Borges. Me hacen pensar si acaso, antes de morir, volvió a ver el color rojo.
Scherzo
Sep 29, 2015 Scherzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los sueños son el género; la pesadilla, la especie. Groussac dice que es asombroso el hecho de que cada mañana nos despertemos cuerdos- o relativamente cuerdos, digamos- después de haber pasado por esos laberintos de sueños. Sucede que, como estamos acostumbrados a la vida sucesiva, damos forma narrativa a nuestro sueño pero nuestro sueño ha sido múltiple y ha sido simultáneo. suerte de modesta eternidad personal. Efialtes: demonio que inspira la pesadilla, en latín incubus. Alp en alemán. Night ...more
Farhan Khalid
Jun 16, 2013 Farhan Khalid rated it really liked it
I read the books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me

What we call chance is our ignorance of the complex machinery of causality

Enchantment, as Stevenson said, is one of the special quality a writer must have

For Dante a single moment is enough

In that moment a person is defined forever

Dante unconsciously sought the central moment

A moment as a cipher of a life

They live in a word, in a gesture; they need do nothing more

They keep living and renewing themselves in the memory and in the imagination
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes], Russian: Хорхе Луис Борхес) was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a libra ...more
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