Friday, November 08, 2019



Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), "The Library of Babel," Collected Fictions, tr. Andrew Hurley (New York: Penguin Books, 1998), pp. 112-118 (at 117):
There is no combination of characters one can make—dhcmrlchtdj, for example—that the divine Library has not foreseen and that in one or more of its secret tongues does not hide a terrible significance. There is no syllable one can speak that is not filled with tenderness and terror, that is not, in one of those languages, the mighty name of a god.
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