All posts tagged: Jorge Luis Borges

The Library of Babel, by Borges

Herein a physical description of the Babel Library , ‘There are five shelves for each of the hexagon’s walls ; each shelf contains thirty-five books of uniform format; each book is of four hundred and ten pages; each page, of forty lines , each line of some eighty letters which are black in colour. There are also letters on the spine of each book; these letters do not indicate or prefigure what the pages will say. I know that this incoherence at the time seemed  mysterious.’ The Library of Babel is a story in the Labyrinths Collection , by Jorge Luis Borges. I have even added in the poor tatty (much tattified) image of my copy as accompanying image, because the front of the book when photographed appears even worse. (I put that down to my incompetent camera-work more than the actual cover which is uniformly tatty front and back). Having just emerged from a Labyrinthe journey through re-installing a tiny bit of the data-corrupted software of my PC, I got to thinking about gestures, books, labyrinths, orthography and various losses connected to what was not stored off-site. The web …