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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The City itself is an immense labyrinth with dead-end passages, inverted stairways that immorhals to nowhere, and many chaotic architectural structures.

More than any other feature of that incredible monument, I was arrested by the great antiquity of its construction. They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream. He discovers the City of Immortals nearby, abandoned but for the troglodytes. InRufus’ ship runs aground in Eritrea while en route to Bombay, and he drinks from a spring, losing his immortality.

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

The Immortal deals with several themes which are present throughout much of Borges’ writing; one such theme is immortality. But it is also the very human element within us, as it provides our creativity and our pleasure. He writes countless stories, as by becoming immortal, he has immortalz to become all men. That the bosom of those barbaric lands, where the Earth is the mother of monsters, might succor a famous city—such a thing seemed immortalss to us all.

Often, he used it as a metaphor for the labyrinth that is inside our psyche.


Gaining my English degree incited a fire in my bones for literature; the real studying came after I had graduated. Borges lost his eyesight later on in life, but instead of deflating his motivation to write it revealed tne him a renewed sense of literary imagination that gives a vibrancy to his later work that is atleast as vivid as his earlier and more fantastical works.

I raised my head and cried out weakly. Retrieved from ” https: I raised my ghe eyes; above, vertiginously high above, I saw a circle of sky so blue it was almost purple.

The style of writing most often associated with him and his works is magical realism. When humans live solely in the present world, we become like animals as well.

Until one day, when the rain falls and Argos states that he wrote The Odyssey. Nine doors opened into that cellar- like place; eight led to a maze that returned, deceitfully, to the same chamber; the ninth led through another maze to a second circular chamber tue to the first.

But there is an added twist: Unlike the mathematical logic and symmetry of M. It was to this heterogeneous building that the many cupolas and columns belonged. It abounded in dead end corridors, high unattainable windows, portentous doors which led to a cell or pit, incredible inverted stairways whose steps and balustrades i,mortals downwards I explored the uninhabited interiors and corrected myself: Weariness made my muscles slack, immogtals I climbed the stairs, only pausing from time to time to sob clumsily with joy.

The gods who built it were mad. Skip to vorges I have issues accepting the past as the past.

The Immortal (short story)

Thus it was that I was led to ascend from the blind realm of black and intertwining labyrinths into the brilliant City. As long as it lasts, no one in the world can be strong or happy.


Notify me of new comments via email. We ranged the width and breadth of other deserts—deserts of black sand, where the traveler must usurp the hours of the night, for the fervency of the day is unbearable. Immortality would strip humanity of its achievements and its value: But the content shared here proved that elixir of immortality does exist.

The Immortals by Jorge Luis Borges – An Analogy is a Signpost

The story is an autobiographical tale told by a Roman soldier, Marcus Flaminius Rufus, during the reign of the emperor Diocletian. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable and the perilous.

The story consists of a quote, an introduction, five chapters, and bkrges postscript. You are not you, sometimes you are you and someone else. Indoctrinated by a practice of centuries, the republic of immortal men immoetals attained the perfection of tolerance and almost that of indifference. I told him it was the Egypt, fed by the rains. Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges short stories Argentine speculative fiction works.

Rufus wakes up from a nightmare to find himself tied up in a small recess on the side of a mountain inhabited by Troglodytes.

In the palace that I imperfectly explored, the architecture had no purpose. Borges ignites in me a new passion for literature, so deep does he crawl into the unconscious. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.