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Happiness is its own end: Borges and Blindness - Mountain*7

Thursday June 29th 2006, 12:57 pm

Happiness is its own end: Borges and Blindness - Mountain*7

Over time I have come to accept Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s idea of Borges as a master of evasion, both in his oneiric, ephemeral short stories and too in his oddly tragic escapist life. His admittance in a late poem called ‘Remorse’ that ‘I have commited the worst sin a man can commit/I have not been happy’ might be typical of Borges’ melancholy self-dramatisation but his late essay ‘Blindness’ based on a lecture given in 1977, a period in which he was running as fast as ever, suggests a more noble version of Borges’ evasive aesthetic.


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