By Jorge Luis Borges
The seventeen items in Ficciones show the gargantuan powers of mind's eye, intelligence, and elegance of 1 of the best writers of this or the other century. Borges sends us on a trip right into a compelling, strange, and profoundly resonant realm; we input the frightened sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of everlasting go back. extra playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues, short elucidations that supply the uninitiated a passageway into the whirlwind of Borges's genius and reflect the precision and efficiency of his mind and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fable. to go into the worlds in Ficciones is to go into the brain of Jorge Luis Borges, in which lies Heaven, Hell, and every little thing in among.
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One of her arms had been discovered the day after the attack on a nearby rooftop. The other one was still missing. It was not a sight for a mother. “To say good-bye to my little girl,” moaned the woman. ” Roch had to think of something very fast. “No, Citizen Peusol,” he said, “I cannot let you, as the next of kin, see her. It would be against the rules. ” The woman nodded, tears flowing down her face. “Well,” she said, catching her breath between two sobs, “there’s my brother . ” Roch opened the door and called to a guard to bring some liquor.
Roch was astonished at finding such a creature here, like a flower growing on a dunghill. ” Roch stared. He had trouble believing that the young woman was Madame de Cléry’s daughter. “Well, Blanche dearest, Chief Inspector Miquel is from the police. ” Her eyes turned away, she waved in Blanche’s direction. ” Roch frowned. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the young woman was married. But then, why not? He had heard of Coudert, the banker, who had already been one of the richest men in Paris before the Revolution.
And Roch had no reason to complain, because, when the Prefecture had been created, Fouché had ensured his promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector. When Roch entered Dubois’s office on the 4th of Nivose, he saw all of the Division Chiefs already gathered there. Piis, the Secretary General, Dubois’s second-in-command, was standing by his superior’s desk. Piis was a former nobleman, an affable man, an excellent character even. His only defect was a profound lack of interest in police work. All Piis cared about was poetry and plays, his own in particular.