The book that everyone has read but no one has realized yet
In the introduction to his first published volume of fiction, The Garden of Forking Paths, Borges remarks, “It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books — setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.”
If your hypothesis is correct, these remark should be regarded as a deliberate attempt to misguide the readers?
In this regard, read the August 25th, 1983 where the old Borges affirms that :
” You will write that book we have dreamed of so may times. Around 1979 (…) you will succumb to the vain and superstitious temptation of writing your grand book. The superstition inflicted on us by The Faust of Goethe, Salammbô, Ulisses. You will incredibly fill up many pages…
– And you come to understand, finally, that you have failed.
– Something worse. I understood that it I had created a masterpiece, in the most overwhelming sense of the word.”
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