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About Jorge Luis Borges, by Martín Cid

Martin Cid writing in English

In a small room, a book was opened by a mystic man… all that happened in an eternal library.
He was one of the last Borges’ characters, Jaromir Hladik, who -in the point of being shot- stopped a bullet to correct his imaginary literary work.

“Kabala” is a way of studying reality: “The Word” and its 22 magical symbols are its tools.
The Argentine writer was precisely one of the few authors who could stop the literary time, just to correct his epitaph… on a false grave:

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (Buenos Aires, 24th of August, 1899 – Genève, 14th of June, 1986.

The Kabalistic Tree has 10 sefirot and 22 ways and 4 worlds.
For Borges, “Time” is words, only words which speak to the silent centuries.
For kabala, “Time” is nothing but words which speak to faceless gods.
22 + point + comma + space = 25 orthographic symbols in The Library of Babel.
And the sky which looks at the Creation and sees everything and speaks every language was called Mathematics by Pythagoras.
And the place, where every language was confused, was called Babel by God.
And the librarian of hexagonal dead cold rooms, which contends exactly twenty five raised to one million three hundred thousand and twelve books of twenty five symbols, was called Jaromir Hladík by Borges.
Every Hebrew letter has its corresponding number.
“Secret geometry” is the branch of kabala which looks into relationships among words of a similar numeric value.

And someone said: every room shall be a hexagon and every hexagon shall contend 640 books:
6 + 4 + 0 = 10 = 1. According to cabalists, One is God’s number.
Rabbis say that God looked at the Torah before creating the world.
Because nothing is by chance in the book which is the father of other books.
Because nothing is by chance in the book which contends all of the words.
Because every room has 640 books.
Date of Borges’ birth: 24/8/ 1899. 2 + 4 + 8 + 1 + 8 + 9 +9 = 41
Date of Borges’ death: 14/6/1986. 1 + 4 + 6 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 6 = 35
41 + 35 = 76 = 7+6=13
“God is one” is summarized repeating the Word ejat “one” since its geometric value is: 1 + 8 + 4 = 13
2×13 = 26 = IHVH

The Library of Babel was a short story by Borges, written in 1941.
1 + 9 + 4 + 1 = 13
Maybe the tired echo of those hexagonal walls will return “The Word” and the order to the mystic man… or maybe it will not.
The mystic man looked at his shadow on the wall which summed 13.
In his prison of words and numbers, the mystic man remembered his name: Jaromir Hladík.
Now, always, he remembered a bullet which went through his chest and he remembered being playing in an imaginary library and being reading and being alive and finally, seeing the snow falling on his corpse.


August 22, 2010 Posted by | Short Stories | , , , | Leave a comment