By Jorge Luis Borges
“Pensé en un laberinto de laberintos, en un sinuoso laberinto creciente que abarcara el pasado y el porvenir y que implicara de algún modo los astros”. —Jorge Luis Borges
Ficciones es quizá el libro más reconocido de Jorge Luis Borges, compuesto por los libros El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan y Artificios, ambos considerados piezas fundamentales del universo borgiano. Entre los cuentos que aquí se reúnen hay algunos de corte policial como “La muerte y los angeles brújula”, l. a. historia de un detective que investiga el asesinato de un rabino; otros sobre libros imaginarios como “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”, una extraordinaria reflexión sobre l. a. literatura y su influencia en el mundo físico; y muchos pertenecientes al género fantástico como “El Sur”, acaso su mejor relato, en palabras del mismo autor.
Fascinante y sorprendente, Ficciones le brinda al lector un mundo de reflexiones sobre las convenciones de lectura y el modo de entender l. a. realidad.
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It was a longhead, naked and standing on a velvet couch. He was holding a candle which he moved slowly from right to left, tipping it over just enough to let a few globs of wax fall to the floor with each movement. ” Tommy got closer to the window and Jake then followed. Red Henry turned around in his chair. 44 “Well, would you look at that? ” Red Henry chuckled. Jake looked wide-eyed at him. “What do you mean? ” “A snapping turtle. Thing must have been a foot long. That guy was just holding it by its feet, dangling it over the floor.
Tommy threw his hands up. The car jerked to the right. He put his hands back on the wheel. “And you RAN out? Jesus Christ…” JORDAN KRALL “I’ve been in those situations before, I know what that fucking means. I’m not a complete idiot, you know. ” Jake looked at Tommy, waiting for an acknowledgement. Tommy kept his eyes on the road, careful not to get into an accident on the snowy, congested streets. ” As it came out of his mouth, he realized that his tone betrayed the message even though he believed that statement whole-heartedly.
Tommy held his hand up. ” He kept walking. Once they got to the door, they could hear the low thump of music, like a rapid heartbeat through the walls. ” Jake asked. “Gambling. Been here once, years ago with Joe Gurney. ” He opened the door and walked slowly in, cigarette smoke confronting them like a cloud. Through the smoke, they saw five tables set up in a circle each with a different casino game being played. In the middle of the circle was a small stage where tall, skinny women gyrated. All of the dancers were dressed in cowgirl outfits and wore Barbara Stanwyck masks, obviously the same ones that Jake and Tommy passed up at the ticket booth.
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges