His mother played the piano and sang;she spoke the languages. Their correspondence is still studied. Leonora Acevedo.
Borges had some pride acknowledging his lineage: many races involved: Normand, from Belgium , Spanish, English, Portuguese; even Jewish ascendancy.
His father was a lawyer and professor of Psychology, in Argentina. In his father’s library, in a humble suburb of his “poor bairro”, he read from: Plato, Stevenson, Goethe, Chesterton…;…Don Quixote, El Fausto. Adding to it: Greek mythology. At 6 years of age Borges had “a precocious imagination”.Due to problems in father’s sight, the family moved to Switzerland; there, Borges had the chance to develop his Latin, French and German languages. ... ________________________ Aleph: ʾĀlp is the first letter of many Semitic abjads (alphabets), including Phoenician Aleph Phoenician aleph.svg, Syriac 'Ālap ܐ, Hebrew Aleph א, and Arabic Alif ا.(FROM WIKI)
He just liked her: Beatriz Viterbo. And then on a February day of 1929, she died. So, to demonstrate his devotion to her, he visited her place every 30th of April, her birthday. Namely, to study her “many portraits”.
In 1933 he was invited to dinner, in that place. In 1934, the cousin of Beatriz, Carlos Argentino Daneri, a writer,invited him. They both wrote.
Carlos read his poetry to the narrator; the latter found nothing that memorable in the piece; it was Carlos intention to “versify the entire planet’s roundness”.
On a second invitation, Carlos read more of his verses in a café; then again, the narrator felt the “verbal ostentation” ;like, instead of “lactario,lactinoso or lechal”: lechoso; or instead of “azulino,azulenco or azulillo”: azulado.
“Daneri is crazy”, thought the narrator; Carlos “inspired in me rancor”; “he used me”.
But all is not that bad for the narrator. Daneri has got something to be prized: though the house is meant to go down, Daneri tells the narrator the place has got an Aleph: “a point of space which contains all the points”. Somewhere in the cellar, Daneri has discovered it. “Then you can have a dialogue with all the images of Beatriz”. It’s “the microcosm of the cabalist and the alchemist”.
-what´s so best to the narrator? Will he try it?
Yes, he will; he’ll get to see the "fading traits" of Beatriz. “I closed my eyes and then saw the Aleph”. How to tell about it? Was it a true Aleph? Ezekiel saw a 4-winged angel.
Ah, by the way: Carlos got a prize for his writing; the narrator’s prose got :not a single vote.
The house has been demolished. …it’s the 1st of March of 1943.
---maybe too hermetic, but worth the try reading it. You’ll never get to say: “there’s no point doing it”. Aleph, the point, is there.
Stevenson, Wells, Twain, Verne…the Arabian Nights were some of the references for Borges very early on, back in Argentina. At his father’s library, he...moreStevenson, Wells, Twain, Verne…the Arabian Nights were some of the references for Borges very early on, back in Argentina. At his father’s library, he read a lot. Then he went to Europe...
Borges: “American, old and a blind poet “ he realized once, later in life.Afterwards he had to live up to it and face old age as a “time of happiness”; the “animal being dead…man and soul go on”.
Borges: “a shy man who longed for oblivion” (“siempre tímido”, as he said of himself); but not shy stories, he wrote; stories venturing into strange worlds of past times and mythologies and religious beliefs.
Of his infancy he recalls the horror of mirrors: “that reflection”…”an enemy of me”. For some time, before complete blindness, he’s seen “vague whitish shapes”. He’s seen the black and the red; then the “silver color left”…blue and yellow “blended”; yellow was the “last color” to be seen. Blindness “came very quietly”; he knew about family blindness; some family members had died blind.
Now blind, books have “no letters”…”friends are faceless”. And yet he pursues the search for his “(secret) center”…”my Algebra,…my mirror, my key…soon I shall know who I am.” Borges in search for himself.
"Time has been my Democritus".
---- The first story is about the writing of God; about a magician Tzinacan, imprisoned; he finds a way out….but decides to stay; imprisoned.
The second story is about the Zahir, the coin, first gotten as money change from a drink ("aguardente").
It all starts with the death of actress Teodelina Villar; according to the author she committed the solipsism of dying right on the “bairro der sur”. She was more interested in perfection rather than beauty. ... It’s a story full of reflections on currency:”money is abstract”…”unpredictable” …it may be “coffee,…Brahms music”.
On the 16th of July the narrator bought 1 sterling pound, and studied it under the magnifying glass. In August,due to insomnia, he had to consult with a psychiatrist. He could not get rid of a fixed idea.
The narrator has had a dream: “I was the coin, …a Griffin watched” ... Plus, reflections on Sufi wisdom: the repetition of names for 99 times: “maybe behind it is God”. Ah, the zahir,the coin…the narrator got rid of it,… in a drink.
“The zahir is the shadow of the rose, and the parting of the veil”;… “now I use both”.
------------------- Mostly, stories to ponder;to enjoy their full color; maybe to get perplexed; to start searching for meaning;... identity too. Stories to be read not once; but 9 times;or 99 times; ... over 9 years; preferably over 99 years. -If you've got the time.(less)
This is a remarkable story and musical piece by Mozart.
The story involves a couple unaware they will play a vital role in the perpetuation of a Broth...moreThis is a remarkable story and musical piece by Mozart.
The story involves a couple unaware they will play a vital role in the perpetuation of a Brotherhood.
He is prince Tamino; he’s been contacted to save Pamina: daughter of the Queen of the Night. The latter is bent on the destruction of the Brotherhood led by (“evilish”, we’re misled to think at the beginning) Sarastro, the father of Pamina.
Tamino is told that Sarastro is holding Pamina captive. Plus, to accomplish Pamina’s liberation, Tamino is empowered by a golden flute; he’s joined by a simple-minded fellow called Papageno, who, too, gets a kind of flute and magic bells. Tamino's flute can "melt the coldest heart to love" and "turn grief into joy".
It turns out Sarastro sponsors/loves the couple. Tamino is admitted to the Brotherhood but has to undergo different types of initiatory tests. Of course, those magic instruments will do the trick. Even Pamina on the border of suicide and burdened by rejection-feelings,… gets saved.
Surely, the defeated one is the Queen of the Night.
In the end “the sun dominates the night”. Simple minded Papageno,the bird-catcher, who accompanied Tamino, gets to meet Papagena,…and their progeny results: great.
Maybe this brotherhood has got a Masonic character. I’ve watched Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 adaptation to cinema (The Magic Flute) and both voice and text are marvelously accomplished. (less)
I have read Nostradamus´ Prophecies a number of times; yet, this documentary I’ve watched recently added a bit more (suspicion included) to the prop...more
I have read Nostradamus´ Prophecies a number of times; yet, this documentary I’ve watched recently added a bit more (suspicion included) to the prophecy domain. At stake I am referring 80 watercolor images (Vaticinia Nostradami) attributed to the 16th century astrologer Nostradamus, discovered in Rome, in 1994.
Is this manuscript a lost book of Nostradamus?
“The bizarre imagery” seems to find some corroboration in the quatrains long known as his prophecies. One key person involved in the discovery was journalist Enza Massa who commented on this Codex found in the public library of Rome,…but I still have my doubts on the authenticity of the authorship.
Prior to Rome, the manuscript had been in the Vatican, and at least three names have been indicated as authors: Nostradamus and Da Fiori….and a “Pivoli”. Who’s the real one?
The abundance of images portraying Pope Figures made me think on an insider's job; Vatican’s. But this is hypothetical. Many images are “Popes being attacked”….some implying: ”embarrassing texts” for the church under “dire circumstances”.
I’ve read amazing interpretations of these images that range from “rise of the feminine” to “Popes who are Jews”.
More “in tune” with the Nostradamus prophecies are images such as that one with a king and a cleric figure facing the blade; this one interpreted as the beheading of France’s royal heads (King and Queen) after the 1789 Revolution.
Still corroborating Nostradamus prophecies: the death of the husband of Queen Catherine Medicis: Henry II; she, herself, had consulted the astrologer.
The quatrain speaking about a “Pope mocked …death by night” has been attributed to the poisoned Pope Paul I, who had a short leadership of 30 days.
An image portraying a big Pope, under the sun, …and a little Turkish warrior nearby the great ecclesiastical figure had been related to the attacks Pope John Paul II suffered by a Turkish man.
Somehow controversial is this image of the “tower in flames”; some (obviously) made the connection with the 9/11 events,…and the quatrains: “earth shaking fires from the World’s Center …around New City …fruitless war…new red river”.
Other lines like “human devourers of the west” made some believe in an imminent Arabic invasion.
I think there’s plenty of stuff to deal with, especially the symbolical one, but the authorship issue is important as well to be established. Were these images made by Nostradamus? What is the relation of these to his written prophecies? As some imply, due to the limitation of language, did he choose to convey his (terrifying, for some) message through a less categorical way? Why?
Then, if not Nostradamus, whose agenda is this one of so much an “embarrassing “nature to the Vatican? Most important, if these events are to be outplayed in the future: exactly when will they unfold?... one could wonder.