A Universal History of Infamy by Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni

By Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni

In his writing, Borges continually mixed excessive seriousness with a depraved feel of enjoyable. right here he unearths his relish re-creating (or making up) colourful tales from the Orient, the Islamic international, and the Wild West, in addition to his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and private betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. glowing with the sheer exuberant excitement of story-telling, this assortment marked the emergence of an completely distinct literary voice.

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Commerce with captive women taken in the villages is prohibited on deck; permission to use violence against any woman must first be requested of the ship’s purser, and then carried out only in the ship’s hold. Violation of this ordinance will be punishable by death. Information extracted from prisoners affirms that the fare of these pirates consisted chiefly of ship biscuits, rats fattened on human flesh, and boiled rice, and that, on days of battle, crew members used to mix gunpowder with their liquor.

Nobody was able to predict whether limitless pardon or limitless punishment would descend upon the fox, but the inexorable end drew near. The widow came to an understanding. She threw her two short swords into the river, kneeled in the bottom of a small boat, and ordered herself rowed to the imperial flagship. It was dark; the sky was filled with dragons - this time, yellow ones. On climbing aboard, the widow murmured a brief sentence. ‘ The fox seeks the dragon’s wing’, she said. The Apotheosis It is a matter of history that the fox received her pardon and devoted her lingering years to the opium trade.

Kia-king, the Young Emperor, Speaks Somewhere around the middle of , there was made public an imperial decree, of which I transcribe the first and last parts. Its style was widely criticized. It ran:  Men who are cursed and evil, men capable of profaning bread, men who pay no heed to the clamour of the tax collector or the orphan, men in whose undergarments are stitched the phoenix and the dragon, men who deny the great truths of printed books, men who allow their tears to run toward the North - all these are disrupting the commerce of our rivers and the age-old intimacy of our seas.

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