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خورخه لوئیس بورخس (به اسپانیایی: Jorge Luis Borges) ( - ) نویسنده، شاعر و ادیب معاصر آرژانتینی. وی از برجستهترین نویسندگان آمریکای لاتین است. شهرت او بیشتر به خاطر نوشتن داستان کوتاه است. یکی از مشهورترین کتاب های او، داستان ()، گلچینی از داستان های کوتاه بورخس به انتخاب خودش است که مضامینی همچون رویاها، کتابخانه ها، آیینه ها، حیوان ها، فلسفه، دین و خدا را می توان حلقه ات ...more
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Manny
In Borges's short story, the world consists of a gigantic library which contains every possible book that can ever be written. So, somewhere, there must logically be the book, the one that reveals the Library's secret! Unfortunately, there is no filing system, and no one has any idea of how to find the elusive book. In fact, it's challenging even to locate one which contains a meaningful sentence: most of them are gibberish from beginning to end.

Well, our own world isn't quite as bad - but it's
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Cecily
For a book to exist, it is sufficient that it is possible. Only the impossible is excluded.”

Paradoxes abound in this allegory that has aspects of The Blind Watchmaker, and especially DNA.

I have the Collected Fictions (with copious translator's notes), but am splitting my review of that into its components, in publication order: Collected Fictions - all reviews. This is one of the the longer stories in The Garden of Forking Paths, published in 1941.

The universe is an infinite Library. Maybe the
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Capsguy
Found this to be a great analogy to the world we live in. Everyone seems to have the answer to all of life's problems, but the issue is it's not so simple to sort through all of the variables when you have little to no means of measuring each option. That's pretty much how I read this short story, in life it is feasible to live the 'perfect' life, since the variables are there, however since there is no distinctive guide to do so, we are forced to do our best to sort through the gibberish (in th ...more
Vit Babenco
In the brief prose piece The Four Cycles Jorge Luis Borges wrote that there are only four stories in the world: the story of war, the story of return, the story of search and the story of sacrifice (Troy, Ulysses, Jason, Christ).
“Four are the stories. During the time left to us we will continue telling them, transformed.”
And there is no other writer who can retell these four stories the way Jorge Luis Borges does transforming them into intellectual labyrinths and scholarly conundrums.
He turns
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Steve Sckenda
“All books are the work of a single author who is timeless and anonymous.”

“Their fiction has but a single plot, with every imaginable permutation.”

-- Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

Jorge Luis Borges was a blind visionary of infinite imagination. My favorite Borges collection is “Ficciones” (“Fictions”), which consists of 17 short stories that Borges threads with fantasy, mysticism, Gnosticism and philosophy. Most of the stories are told in an intimate first-person point of view of the narrator (some
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Zeinab
دیدهاید وقتی بعضی از داستانها را میخوانید، همهشان در ذهنتان هویّت مشابهی دارند؟ مثلاً خیلی از داستانهای مستور از نظر فضای داستان فرق زیادی با هم ندارند. یا هیچ کدام از آهنگهای آلبوم نیلوفرانۀ علیرضا افتخاری زیاد با هم فرق ندارند.

بورخس ولی، هر کدام از داستانهایش انگار برای خودشان شخصیّت و هویّت دارند. یعنی وقتی داستان تمام میشود، یک فضای مجزّا -هر چند مبهم- توی ذهن آدم برای آن داستان تشکیل شدهاست. و این فضا پر از خیالانگیزیهایی است که بورخس مثل نقل و نبات در متن داستان تعریف میکند و تحسینهایی عمی
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John Wiswell
Sep 19, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jorge Borges, fantasy readers, sci fi readers, anyone with an underappreciated imagination
Easily one of the strangest books I've ever read. I actually ordered it by accident, thinking it was an anthology. But actually this entire slender volume is devoted to one Borges short story, complete with beautiful etchings showing that his impossible library is actually possible. While it's not worth the cover price for everyone, anyone who dismissed his fictional library should flip through these pages and see that he wasn't writing flippantly. As "Library of Babel" was possibly Borges' most ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Collected fictions, Jorge Luis Borges
عنوان: «کتابخانه بابل، داستانهای تخیلی»؛ اثر: «خورخهلوئیس بورخس»؛ برگردان: «مانی صالحیعلامه»، نشر: «تهران، بنگاه برگردان و نشر کتاب پارسه، 1392، در 139 ص، فروست: هزارتوهای بورخس، شابک: 9786002530660»؛ چاپ قبلی: «ماهریز، 1380، در 89 ص»؛ واژهنامه دارد؛ موضوع: داستانهای آرژانتینی -- قرن 20 م؛ این کتاب برگردان یکی از داستانهای مجموعه ای تحت عنوان
«Collected fictions»
است
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Masumeh

از موجبات شرمندگی است که بخواهم کتابی از بورخس را با دو ستاره ریت کنم. اما این چیزی بود که در طول خواندن این کتاب بر خلاف شور و شوقم برای دانستن از دنیای بورخس حس کردم.ادبیات وهمی آمریکای لاتینی برای منی که با قصه های جن و پری بزرگ شده ام نه تنها جذابیتی نداشت که بیشتر به یک ادبیات درجه دوم می ماند که نمی توانست اوج ها را به موقع و با دامنه لازم بیافریند! بهرحال که امیدوارم برای من و بورخس جایی دیگر سطحی برای رسیدن به یک لذت مشترک وجود داشته باشد.

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Aisha Shukry
قصة قصيرة تحاول بصورة ما تصوّر وجود كل ما هنالك من حقائق، أقدار، حيوات.. و عن كيف نصل نحن البشر إلى تلك الحقائق، إنما بشكل مجرّد..

المشهد
داخل مكتبة عظيمة جداً، أسماها الكاتب، مكتبة بابل. مكونة من غرف سداسية الأسطح، متصلة بغرفة أخرى تتيح لساكن الغرفة، النوم واقفا، و أخرى لإحتياجاته البيولوجية. هذا الصندوق متصل بآخر، و عدد لا محدود من جميع الجهات.
كل غرفة من الغرف تحوي عشرين رفّا بكل رف خمس و ثلاثون كتاباً، كل كتاب منها مكون من 410 صفحة، كل صفحة بها أربعون سطراً، و بكل سطر حوالي الثمانين حرف.

ساكنو
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GemaAwan
Tak mudah mengunyah Borges walaupun kau suka dengan intelegenius yang dia anyam. Perlu berhati-hati menelan patah perkataannya, sedang sekarang adalah zaman pantas yang penuh dengan junkfood melimpah-ruah.
Sarah Alirezaee

ادبیاتِ وهمی. بهترین توصیفی که میشه از بورخس کرد همین استفاده از چیزی به اسمِ ادبیاتِ وهمیه.
داستانهایی سرشارِ از اتفاقات عجیب و ماورایی که در بسترِ زندگیِ عادی اتفاق میفته. به جرئت میگم که از دو داستانِ کتابخانه بابل و کتابِ شن بیشترین لذت رو بردم. واقعاً بینظیر بودن، تصویرهایی که از جهان به شکلهای وهمی می سازه بیشک معرکه هستن. این که خواننده گم میشه تو چیزی که بورخس به خوردش میده و تو لحظاتی که داره کتاب رو میخونه احساس میکنه با حقیقت رو به رو شده. بر حسب شانس داستانِ «تلون، اوکبر، اوربیس ترتیو
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Martyn
This is a fantastic and thought provoking book. I first heard of it while reading this essay by Christopher Rowe.

I know that Borges is really discussing the history, and completeness, of human knowledge but his essay, as Rowe suggests, has marked implications for those trying to create a universal library today. Such entities might include Google or Amazon, amongst others. The sheer futility of gathering every last letter of every last book that has ever existed, or that could possibly have exis
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David Lafferty
As a fan of Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose I knew that Borges and Joyce were required reading. This short story by Borges is brilliant and demands many more readings. His influence on Eco is clearly seen. Looking forward to reading more of his work, and then on to Joyce!
Sarah Alirezaee
ادبیاتِ وهمی. بهترین توصیفی که میشه از بورخس کرد همین استفاده از چیزی به اسمِ ادبیاتِ وهمیه.
داستانهایی سرشارِ از اتفاقات عجیب و ماورایی که در بسترِ زندگیِ عادی اتفاق میفته. به جرئت میگم که از دو داستانِ کتابخانه بابل و کتابِ شن بیشترین لذت رو بردم. واقعاً بینظیر بودن، تصویرهایی که از جهان به شکلهای وهمی می سازه بیشک معرکه هستن. این که خواننده گم میشه تو چیزی که بورخس به خوردش میده و تو لحظاتی که داره کتاب رو میخونه احساس میکنه با حقیقت رو به رو شده. بر حسب شانس داستانِ «تلون، اوکبر، اوربیس ترتیو
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Natalie
Sep 17, 2008 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians
Borges's short piece (the entire text is approximately twenty pages) revolves around the conceit of the library as a metaphor for the universe; each room a hexagon lined on four sides with shelves, and then the librarian's quarters (all are librarians) and then the doorway into the next identical room. It is the same both up and down and on all sides, an infinite regression of rooms filled with books, an infinite amount of books, and the sum of the library containing every permutation of letters ...more
Marc Ocana
A short story yet vast in its attempt as an allegory of the universe. It explains man's endeavors at understanding the complexities of everything ever created, asking where and how and why our existence came about. The infinite hexagonal galleries signify how intense our universe is, and how it is expanding, both in the sense of space and of knowledge.

The library is said to contain everything that has ever been written, and everything that will be written, in all languages both dead and thriving
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Darthnixa
This work of pure beautiful imagination presents a world consisting of endless rooms, in which there are kept endless books. Books contain random letters, but every once in a while, one can find a book where, by pure chance, some of the random letters form a word. In this world, finding a book where every word makes sense, and even forms a story, is incredibly rare. These are the books our characters are after, but it can take lifetimes to find one, as the odds of such word compositions appearin ...more
علی
چاپ دوم این اثر بورخس (1379)، با ترجمه ی کاوه سیدحسینی را دیده ام، و به گمانم بعد از ترجمه های احمد میرعلایی از بورخس، قابل ستایش است.
آثار بورخس را نمی شود رمان به شکلی که می شناسیم، نامید، مقاله یا چیز دیگری هم نیست، ادبیات است در شکلی تازه. شاید به همین دلیل باشد که نمی شود گفت آنچه در فارسی از بورخس منتشر شده، کدام بخش از کدام کار اوست، و ایا تمامی اثرش ترجمه شده یا نشده. مثلن آیا "باغ گذرگاه های هزار پیچ، ترجمه ی احمد میرعلایی، 1369" ، ترجمه ی این اثر بورخس بطور کامل است؟ یا "هزارتوهای بورخس
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Sixto Ortiz
Borges, en el poco tiempo que te he conocido (literariamente-hablando) me he sentido confundido, alegre, pensativo y hasta en ocasiones triste; impulsado principalmente con el fin de "encontrarle" el sentido a estas palabras, a estas combinaciones de frases y oraciones. Me fascinó la idea de Tïon, me enamoró "Las ruinas circulares", pero, fue ésta la que realmente hizo que entendiera la complejidad, pero, a la vez la sencillez del corazón literario de Borges. Utilizando la alegoría de una biblio ...more
Emi
What joy when possibilities are infinite -- until optimism turns her head the other way and you see that the probability of arriving at anything of significance is practically zero.

He's often fantastically playful as he gets lost in metaphysical imaginations, I laugh and marvel at the same time while trying to keep up ... until he disappears up a staircase without steps (and I'm lost ... until I find him behind me reflected in a mirror).

I'm left with a thought of those lost to search for the gem
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Sandra Ramirez
"When I am dead, compassionate hands will throw me over the railing; my tomb will be the unfathomable air, my body will sink for ages, and will decay and dissolve in the wind engendered by my fall, which shall be infinite."
Mahdi
It was one AMAZING book. It reminded me of 1001 nights and Kafka and Marquez - my favorite authors. I loved this book and I'm going to read more of Borges.
Rosianna
Anyone who loves books must read this short story. It's sensational, especially if you're philosophical!
Tania
this is incredible. an amazing story in picture book format. a beautiful book but impossible to find.
Kate
Nov 20, 2013 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the hexagonally-inclined
Recommended to Kate by: Feinberg
"The Library is a sphere whose exact center is any hexagon and whose circumference is unattainable."
Jill
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UChicagoLaw
I recently reread Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel, a short story (it can be found in several collections) that describes a library that contains books consisting of 400 or so pages of every possible permutation of the alphabet, spaces, and punctuation marks. As Borges points out, the library contains every knowable truth but also a huge number of falsehoods as well as an immense amount of gibberish. Since the library is necessarily quite large (larger than the universe), it takes quite a whi ...more
Andrew
In this short story, Jorge Luis Borges welcomes us into the great library. The contents that line its shelves are books of countless quantity, each possessing reality, fallacy, wisdom, and folly. Borges asks a question that lies deep in every human heart, Scrambling for closure and order.

This short story was a tragically brilliant conclusion to the universe we live in. It could take less than ten minutes to read, but I suggest slow digestion.

Don't be afraid to read it again, you probably have a
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Samane
a world without end
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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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“You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?” 86 likes
“I know of a wild region whose librarians repudiate the vain superstitious custom of seeking any sense in books and compare it to looking for meaning in dreams or in the chaotic lines of one's hands . . . They admit that the inventors of writing imitated the twenty-five natural symbols, but they maintain that this application is accidental and that books in themselves mean nothing. This opinion - we shall see - is not altogether false.” 10 likes
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