THE LIBRARY OF BABEL – Novel by Jorge Luis Borges

novel.1.1The first books that he read (from the library of his father, a man of wide-ranging intellect who taught at an English school), included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family, which had been notable in Argentine history, included British ancestry, and he learned English before Spanish. His first published book was a volume of poems. In 1914, on the eve of World War I, Borges was taken by his family to Geneva, where he learned French and German and received his B.A. This period of his career (which included the authorship of several volumes of essays and poems), ended with a biography. In 1938, he suffered a severe head wound. In the next eight years he produced his best fantastic stories. After 1961 (with the Formentor Prize, an international award given for unpublished manuscripts), Borges’s tales and poems were increasingly acclaimed as classics of 20th-century world literature.novel.2.1

The Universe, also known as the Library, is made up of a series of identical hexagon-shaped rooms. Each room has four walls of books, tiny closet-like spaces for sleeping and using the restroom, and hallways that lead to other hexagons. The Library of Babel, is a short story by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, conceiving of a universe in the form of a vast library containing all possible books of a certain format and character set. Borges’ narrator describes how his universe consists of an enormous expanse of adjacent hexagonal rooms (each of which contains the bare necessities for human survival). There are numerous philosophical implications within the idea of the infinite library. Every book, also in your library, is intelligible if you decodes it correctly, simply because it can be decoded from any other book in the library using a third book as a one-time pad. Umberto Eco’s postmodern novel (The Name of the Rose), features a labyrinthine library, presided over by a blind monk named Jorge of Burgos. The narrator tells us two basic rules about the Library: it has existed forever (and therefore must have been designed by a god), and there are exactly 25 different written symbols.


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