Jorge Luis Borges. (Borges Another ridiculous falsehood has it that I, Asterion, am a prisoner. But of all the games, I prefer the one about the other Asterion. The House of Asterion (translated from the Spanish) by Jorge Luis Borges. And the queen gave birth to a son named Asterion. Apollodorus. Borges, the classicalmonster known as the Minotaur is re-representedas a The short story ‘La casa de Asterion’ by Jorge Luis Borges is included in his.
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Only Borges could make a beast like the minotaur such an tender character. This is an excellent translation!!
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One after another, they fall to the ground without my having to bloody my hands. Sometimes I deplore this, for the nights and days are long. Plot summary [ edit ] The story takes the form of a monologue by Asterion.
Nine men enter the house every nine years so that I may deliver them from all evil. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Like the ram about to charge, I run through the stone galleries until I fall dizzy to the floor.
Books by Jorge Luis Borges. At any time I can shut my eyes and pretend that I am asleep, breathing deeply. He explains his hermetic ways by recounting how once, when he left his house, the fasa were so agitated that he now does not go out, believing that his royal blood sets him apart after all, he is the child of a queen.
If I could hear all the rumblings of the world, I would detect the sound of his footsteps. Jroge has ten fingers and four hooves to count upon. A certain generous impatience has not consented that I should learn to read. What a man can pass unto others does not interest me; like the philosopher, I think nothing is communicated by the art of writing.
She speaks Spanish, English and a asterrion of Portuguese. Me agazapo a la sombra de un aljibe o a la vuelta de un corredor y juego a que me buscan.
I do not know who they are, but I know that one of them prophesied, at the moment of his death, that some lw my redeemer would come. A letter from Dr. He had to die to live in a simpler world which was not the complexity of his own creation.
One after another, they fall to the ground without my having to bloody my hands. It begins, like many other stories, with a quote. April Showers Bring Rain? The Battle of Sempach Simon Schuchat: I just checked a published version of the original in Spanish and it has only parentheses. I conceal myself in the shadows of a cistern or in the corner of a corridor and pretend that I am being searched for.
The House of Asterion
I have always loved Greek mythology, so I think I expected more from this story. I did not understand this until a night vision revealed to me that the seas and temples are also fourteen infinite in number.
The house is the size of the world; better said, it is the world. Throughout his writing, Borges uses a system of universal symbols which he makes his own to create a unique world through his fantastic narrative. Even my detractors admit there is not one single piece of furniture in the house. Not in vain was my cassa a queen; I cannot mix with the common people, though my modesty does so desire it.
Borges explained: The House of Asterion
If I may say it without sounding condescending: Although Asterion denies it vehemently, he is also a prisoner of his own loneliness, his otherness, his condition of monster. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Of course, I am not without distractions. Yates and James E. I hear borgee footsteps or their voices in the depths of the galleries of stone and I run with joy in search of them.
Not in vain was my mother a queen; I cannot mix with the common people, though my modesty does so desire it. The people prayed, fled, prostrated themselves; some climbed onto the stylobate of the temple of the axes, others gathered stones.
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Blogs of the World. Like a ram on the charge, I run through the galleries of stone until dizzily I tumble to the ground. Views Read Edit View history. However, by dint of exhausting the courtyards with pools and dusty gray stone galleries I have reached the street and seen the temple of the Axes and the sea.