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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From niches in the valley and mountain emerge the Troglodytes who do not speak and devour serpents. Over the next few days, he recovers and, seeing the City of the Immortals in the distance, is able to walk there, followed by a Troglodyte.

In the palace I imperfectly explored, the architecture lacked any such finality. But the content shared here proved that elixir of immortality does exist. Borges brilliantly layers up the interior space with psychological responses of borgea user, creating a narrative that blurs the boundaries of walls, mind and reason.

Using real places with fictional attributes and vice versa, the author swiftly assigns a heightened importance to the journey rather than the destination alone. Iimmortals day the immortals become convinced that if there is a river that grants immortality, there must be another river that takes it away.

I discovered afterward that the width and height of the treads on the staircases were not constant; it was this that explained the extraordinary weariness I felt. Some people have a bad relationship with death and refuse to acknowledge it until the time has come.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Imomrtals lengthy discourse strives to expand the intellect and stretch the imagination, but hardly grasping the helm of reality if one was not of great aptitude, that is — or more accurately, the reality of being.


They knew that in an infinite period of time, all things happen to all men.

The Immortal (short story)

The soldiers desert and mutiny and Rufus is forced to flee, injured, into the desert sandstorms. Why would I want to zip through a book when I can slowly relish the language and the ideas?

He told me that the country of his birth was a mountain that lay beyond the Ganges; it was rumored on that mountain, he told me, that if one traveled westward, to the end of the world, one would come to the river whose waters give immortality.

Soon after, though, Argos reveals that he is Homerand that the Troglodytes are the Immortals, having destroyed the original City of the Immortals and on the advice of Homer replaced it with the labyrinthine one Rufus encountered. But it is not merely a matter that the narrative is unreliable; rather, immortality destroys the conventions of authorship and of narration itself.

He discovers the City of Immortals nearby, abandoned but for the troglodytes.

Ex Libris: Architecture + World Literature | The Immortal By Jorge Luis Borges

Rufus decided to enter the city, scaling its walls and entering a door-like crevice. We set out from Arsinoe and entered the ardent desert. That plateau, with its precipitous sides, was as difficult to scale as the walls.

But there is an added twist: As was common in his works, the imnortals of events and architecture were vivid, but contorted masterfully to escape the bounds of physical existence and plausibility. This palace is the work of the gods, was my first thought.

Why Utopia Invisible Cities. The story consists of a quote, an introduction, five chapters, and a postscript.


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

The silence was hostile, and virtually perfect; aside from a subterranean wind whose cause I never discovered, within those deep webs of stone there was no sound; even the thin streams of iron-colored water that trickled through crevices in the stone were noiseless. With the depraved water of the watering holes others drank up insanity and death.

The Immortal deals tje several themes which are present throughout much of Borges’ writing; one such theme is immortality. They built that carapace, abandoned it, and went off to make their dwellings in the caves. The City itself is an immense labyrinth with dead-end passages, inverted stairways that lead to nowhere, and many chaotic architectural structures.

I majored in English. He was thf horrible human being who dragged Hector, a man who risked his life for his country, across the grounds in front of his family which was considered sacrilege in ancient Greek culture. On the opposite bank is the City of the Immortals. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Down below, he spots a polluted stream and jumps down to drink from it; wounded, he falls asleep.

Often a paradox that ought to bowl us over does not strike us in the abstract form given to it by philosophers. There were corridors that inmortals nowhere, unreachably high windows, grandly dramatic doors that opened onto monk like cells or empty shafts, incredible upside-down staircases with upside-down treads and balustrades.