I’ve embarked on the impossible task of writing separate reviews for each of the “fictions” written by Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, all 101 of them.
I’ll add new posts to this roundup page, so that we can all see how far I get…
This first story is about a man, Lazarus Morell, who lives in the deep South of the United States during slavery, making money by tricking slaves into thinking he’s helping them escape, only to keep reselling them to new plantations. In typical historical/scholarly/deliberately obtuse fashion, Borges does not begin with a dramatic episode in Morell’s life – he doesn’t even begin with Morell’s life at all. He starts with what he calls the “Remote Cause”… Read More
In one sense, The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro is a simple story of an impostor claiming the identity of a long-lost aristocrat, playing on the desperation of the missing man’s mother to deceive her and claim the Tichborne family fortune. But this is Borges, so nothing is simple… Read More
That’s it so far! Why not read along with me to help me finish this marathon? Here’s the edition I’m reading: