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De este volumen fruto de la lenta madurez del gran escritor son directos desnudos y sencill. In the forward JLB says he set out to write minimalist stories like Robert Louis Stevenson I can t say if he is Stevensian or not but I can tell you that these stories are minimalist masterpieces How can he possibly pack so much in four to six pages And he isn t cramming in a thousand modifiers into every paragraph either instead there is a languid almost doggedly mundane uality to a lot of the sentences and yet still by the end it as if we have read an entire novel There are plenty of novels numbering in the hundreds of pages where much less happens Borges in his old age seemed to tire of writing fabulist tales and wanted some good old fashioned realism Well if realism can be like this then I say fuck fantasyCan we take a moment too and ask what is his bloody obsession with gingers He has this image in his mind of the redheaded Latino cowboy all dressed in black knife in hand that is indelible in this volume Where did that image come from We suspect a real life situation but he never tells us In any event the ginger gauchos of Brodie s Report engage in duels and have their souls trapped in their street instruments and it s all still realism How many writers can do that The sad part is Borges relation to all this he watches the fights and the Red Men in Black all from a distance he can never cross we feel the sorrowful resignation of JLB that he will always be a lonesome reader and never a lunfardo speaking badass Luckily for us JLB s disappointment is our enduring gain

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El Informe de Brodie supone una evolución imprevista en la estética de Jorge Luis Borges. In his old age Borges using Kipling s Plain Tales from the Hills as his model crafted these deceptively straightforward narratives in a new laconic style Argentinian history the half savage Pampas the criminals of the Buenos Aires slums and duels both actual and metaphorical are the subjects of these tales They are all worthwhile and three of them The Interloper The Encounter and the Gospel According to Mark are as good as anything he ever wrote

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A diferencia de El Aleph y Ficciones ue abundan en enigmas y en símbolos los once cuentos. Brief Tales Composed in a Plain StyleIn the Foreword to this short collection Borges pays tribute to the late tortured and labyrinthine stories of Rudyard Kipling which he compares favourably to those of Franz Kafka and Henry JamesHowever his real interest and inspiration for these stories was Kipling s earlier stories which Borges describes as a series of brief tales composed in a plain style that amount to laconic masterpieces He speculates that if a young man of genius can achieve these standards then perhaps a man such as himself then aged 70 beginning to get along in years and who knows his craft might without immodesty himself attemptPredicating the UniverseBorges claims that his stories are plain tales though not necessarily simple There is not a simple page a simple word on earth for all pages all words predicate the universe whose most notorious attribute is its complexity The Influence of Thousand and One NightsHere he alludes to Thousand and One Nights which like his own tales are intended not to persuade readers but to entertain and touch themHe describes his stories as realistic for they abound in the circumstantial details that writers are reuired to invent Despite his continuing affection for Poe he claims to have renounced the shocks of a baroue style as well as those afforded by unforeseen or unexpected endingsOf the 11 stories in this collection most make use of a framing story in the manner of Thousand and One Nights The manuscript in the titular story is actually found tucked inside a copy of the bookHere however the substantive story purports to be someone else s tale that has been brought to Borges for him to retell or record There is almost an expectation that Borges being a writer of renown he will embellish the original plain tale and somehow make it entertaining memorable or eternalBorges covenants to tell the story conscientiously though I can forsee myself yielding to the literary temptation to heighten or insert the occasional small detail Any tale especially when retold is re invented in the voice of the story tellerIn Unworthy the bookseller Santiago Fischbein confided to me an episode of his life and today I can tell it I will change the occasional detail as is only to be expectedIn the next story Rosendo Juarez says of Nicolas Paredes That old man was something I ll tell you the stories he d tellNot so as to fool anyone of course just to be entertaining He proceeds to tell Borges the truth behind the lies you wrote about a knife fight in the tough underworld neighbourhood of Palermo in Buenos AiresThe Stuff of MemoryIn The Encounter the tale teller witnesses another knife fight and yearns for someone to be killed so that I could tell about it later and remember it The story becomes the vehicle for not just entertainment but recollection and memory and therefore historyThe story is the alternative to silence to secrecy In the years that followed I thought than once about confiding the story to a friend but I always suspected that I derived pleasure from keeping the secret than I would from telling it At the end of the story he ventures Things last longer than men with a hint that perhaps stories last longer than things that perhaps stories never end Who can say whether the story ends here who can say that they will never meet again Perhaps a story is a station on the line to eternity or even infinityTold and BelievedIn Juan Murana the narrator says I can t say whether the story was true the important thing at the time was that it had been told and believedThis observation can apply eually to fiction in general Verisimilitude becomes not just a skill but an object of play in the game between writer and readerEven the detail in the description is designed to convince us without necessarily pulling the wool over our eyes This is a description of his aunt s house Her room smelled musty In one corner stood the iron bed with a rosary hanging on one of the bedposts in another the wooden wardrobe for her clothes On one of the whitewashed walls there was a lithograph of the Virgen del Carmen A candlestick sat on the nightstand You believe it because you can visualise itYou and OblivionThe story is partly the memory of a knife fight and partly the memory of a room and its occupant Tomorrow when the memory is gone and the room forgotten there will be only oblivion what Borges calls the common oblivion In The Duel Borges concludes that the story that moved in darkness ends in darkness Darkness could be the oblivion of forgottenness which all good stories battle to overcome even if told in a plain style Like Borges early stories these stories too are laconic masterpiecesOma und OpaA Short Tall TaleI never met my paternal grandparents What I know of them my father and his sisters told me This is all I remember nowMy grandfather spent his early life in Edinburgh He was interested in philosophy all through school and in 1930 he travelled to Germany so he could study under Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg There he also met my grandmother the daughter of a Jewish professor of biology Oma was highly intelligent and a keen reader but was no student although she was very supportive of Opa s endeavours So much so that shortly after their marriage she conceived and gave birth to my father in 1932 Once married and even so when my father was born my grandfather couldn t hide Oma s racial identity from Heidegger and eventually Opa was expelled from the University at Heidegger s direction once he became Rektor Oma and Opa caught a boat to Buenos Aires where Opa gained a position as a private tutor in philosophy Unfortunately despite the relative comfort in which they lived Oma caught tuberculosis and died Opa was forced to leave Argentina from where he went initially to Dunedin on the south island of New Zealand and then to Melbourne where his brother and sister in law worked in an architectural firmThey lived together in an apartment building in St Kilda until Opa was lucky enough to negotiate an appointment as a lecturer in jurisprudence at the University of Melbourne As part of his remuneration package he was able to live and work as a tutor in a hall of residence on the campus He also acuired a girlfriend who was happy enough to marry him and share the burden of taking care of my father They subseuently had two daughters my aunts one of whom became a professor of literature and the other a musician she played the cello the sound of which still reminds me of Melbourne even though I was 17 when I left there to study in Canberra where incidentally I listened to much Baroue and early musicSOUNDTRACKview spoilerRobyn Hitchcock You and Oblivion Concerto in D major for Violin Cello Trumpet and Strings hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “El informe de Brodie

  1. says:

    Welcome to the many universes of Jorge Luis Borges For those new to the author this is an excellent place to start with Borges since these stories are accessible and straightforward containing very little of the baroue complexity characteristic of his earlier collections To share the wisdom nectar of these eleven Borges tales I will focus on the title story And let me tell you I have read a number of books on indigenous tribes by cultural

  2. says:

    In his old age Borges using Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills as his model crafted these deceptively straightforward narratives in a new laconic style Argentinian history the half savage Pampas the criminals of the Buenos Aires' slums and duels both actual and metaphorical are the subjects of these tales The

  3. says:

    I do not aspire to be Aesop My stories like those of the Thousand and One Nights try to be entertaining or moving but not persuasiveMost of the

  4. says:

    ”I can’t say whether the story was true; the important thing was that it had been told and believed”I have the Collected Fictions with copious translator's notes but am splitting my review of that into its components listed in publication order Collected Fictions all reviews This is the seventh published in 1970 The Encounter is a crucial story describing a seminal episode in JLB’s childhood suggesting

  5. says:

    Brief Tales Composed in a Plain StyleIn the Foreword to this short collection Borges pays tribute to the late tor

  6. says:

    I am so wrapped up in the several worlds of Jorge Luis Borges that I am sometimes taken aback by the reactions of other readers Doctor Brodie's Report is late Borges and not at all in the same metaphysical vein as the stories in say Ficciones Labyrinths or The Aleph It was written in fact after a long spell of writing virtually no fiction at all the poetry however continued unabatedDoctor Brodie's Report harks back to ea

  7. says:

    Knives knives knivesI had forgotten how important they were In fact I've faced life until now without one whether it has been a life at all might be the most poignant uestionBorges is a master of realism The clarity of his

  8. says:

    In the forward JLB says he set out to write minimalist stories like Robert Louis Stevenson I can’t say if he is Stevensian or not but I can tell you that these stories are minimalist masterpieces How can he possibly pack so much in four to six pages? And he isn’t cramming in a thousand modifiers into every paragraph either; instead there is a languid almost doggedly mundane uality to a lot of the sentenc

  9. says:

    Borges mentions that the inspiration for these stories was from Kipling's laconic masterpieceshope to read them s

  10. says:

    For years I have tried to like Borges I love good Latin American literature as a result I have read some of Borges's works but at this stage I shall admit that although Borges is generally considered to be a very

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