Piranesi | Designing from Ruins of AntiquityAmong the many conundrums of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The Immortal” is the City of Immortals. The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges. First Edition Provenance: February as a short story (Publisher unknown). Excerpt Provenance. By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Caeares, and Norman Thomas di No longer subject to the exigencies of corporeality, they were immortal.

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I have said that the City was builded on a stone plateau. Thus it was that I was led to ascend from the blind realm of black and intertwining labyrinths into the brilliant City.

They knew that in an infinite period of time, all things happen to all men. There are no moral or intellectual merits.

Borges lost his eyesight later on in life, but instead of deflating his motivation to write it revealed to him a renewed sense of literary imagination that gives a vibrancy to his later work that is atleast as vivid as his earlier and more fantastical works. At the foot of the mountain ran a noiseless, impure stream, clogged by sand and rubble; on the far bank, the patent City of the Immortals shone dazzlingly in the last or first rays of the sun.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I explored the uninhabited spaces, and I corrected myself: The introduction takes place in London in the first part of June I could see fortifications, arches, frontispieces, and forums; the foundation of it all was a stone plateau.

Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. It was to this heterogeneous building that the many cupolas and columns belonged.

They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream.

Nearly dead from thirst, he wakes with his hands tied near an impure stream. Immortality has been just dream for all of us. We travel around the center, never truly making it to the minotaur and the maiden. Among the Immortals, on the other hand, every act and every thought is the echo of others that preceded it in the past, with no visible beginning, or the faithful presage of others that in the future will repeat it to a vertiginous degree.


As was common in his works, the details of events and architecture were vivid, but contorted masterfully to escape the bounds of physical existence and plausibility.

The river is next to a place called the City of the Immortals. Unlike the mathematical logic and symmetry of M.

Jorge Luis Borges’ City of the Immortals (Utopias and Dystopias #5)

But it is not merely a matter that the narrative is unreliable; rather, immortality destroys the conventions of authorship and of narration ummortals. I raised my dazzled eyes; above, vertiginously high above, I saw a circle of sky so blue it was almost purple. He also told me of his own old age and of that late journey he had made—driven, like Ulysses, by the intention to arrive at the nation of men that know not what the immortal is, that eat not borgws meat, that know not what an oar might be.

On one hand, it is clearly pointed to that Rufus is searching for the city of the immortals and therefore the being that he finds there must in fact be the immortal. Despite his knowledge and his perfectionism, Borges only wrote short stories, along with poetry.

The Immortal (short story)

I told him it was the Egypt, fed by the rains. The only moments of relief are when he cuts himself and finds that he bleeds — some semblance of humanity.

But when all of our needs are met, we can reflect on the past and we can contemplate on the future. The story ends with a brief postscript which discusses the fictional book A Coat of Many Colours by Dr. Eventually, he frees himself from his bonds and journeys onward into the City of Immortals, accompanied by a Troglodyte.


The gods immortaos built this place have died. He lived for a century in the City of the Immortals, and when it was destroyed it was he who counseled that this other one be built.

The city that the man finds is simply the City. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

The Immortal (short story) – Wikipedia

I said it, I know, with an incomprehensible reprobation which was almost remorse, with more intellectual horror than palpable fear. In their self- absorption, they scarcely perceived the physical world. But Borges provides a different answer: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: My travails, I have said, began in a garden in Thebes.

When one gives up individuality and relinquishes their role in life, they become a part of mankind as a species and that allows a certain immortality.

In my chest I felt a painful throbbing, and I burned with thirst. Skip to toolbar Log In Search. I discovered afterward that the width and height of the treads on the staircases were not constant; it was this that explained the extraordinary weariness I felt. lmmortals

The Immortals by Jorge Luis Borges – An Analogy is a Signpost

Another theme present is the infinite, which can also be found in much of Borges’ writing. Related posts in Utopias and Dystopias: A hundred or more irregular niches like my own riddled the mountain and the valley.

Argos has no language; desperately, the immirtals tries to teach Argos, but nothing ever comes of it. But the content shared here proved that elixir of immortality does exist. Your email address will not be published.