Acercamiento a Almotásim, El. Borges story-essay, a review of Mir Bahadur Ali’s Approach to Al-Mu’tasim. Borges Index: Prólogo, Historia de la eternidad, OC. El acercamiento a Almotásim, which is mostly translated to English as “The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim”, was the first short story that Borges. Title: El acercamiento a Almotásim Title Record # Author: Jorge Luis German, Der Weg zu Almotásim , Romanian, Apropierea de Almotásim.

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El acercamiento a Almotásim

He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Obsessed with meeting Al-Mu’tasim, the student goes on a pilgrimage through Hindustan to find him. Return to Book Page. Published first published Nov 28, Dmitry Butsenets rated it it was ok.

Borges’s use of an allegory to shed light on a detective story shows his use of religious doctrines for aesthetic value. Borges described his story as “both a hoax and a pseudo-essay. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He pulls back the curtain and goes in. In his autobiographical essay, Borges writes that when “The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim” was first published, the people who read it “took it at face value, and one of my friends even ordered a copy from London.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Borges states that acercqmiento both books have been popular, the first had an original printing of 4, copies and was never reprinted, while the second is by far the better known, having been reprinted several times and translated into EnglishFrenchand German.

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El acercamiento a Almotásim by Jorge Luis Borges

A long footnote at the end of the review summarises The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attarin which a group of birds seek a feather dropped in the middle of China by Simurghthe bird king. The book is a detective story about a freethinking Bombay law student of Islamic background. The second has often been criticized for poor writing and for its obvious allegory to the quest of finding God. Refresh and try again. Paperback7 pages. Historia de la eternidad Ficciones He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Critical Essays on Jorge Luis Borges.

Title: El acercamiento a Almotásim

He flees to a tower where he meets a robber of Parsee corpses collecting gold teeth. The student encounters many such people radiating a small amount of this spiritual clarity. Borges was fluent in several languages. On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. His confusion serves to emphasize the incomprehension of the main character of the fictitious book as he goes on his pilgrimage.

The narrator then summarizes the plot of the novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties.

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About Jorge Luis Borges. A Study of the Short Fiction. Want to Read saving…. No trivia or quizzes yet. Vitali added it Sep 21, Aceecamiento eventually hears the voice of the Al-Mu’tasim resounding from a hut.

He meets a man who, though destitute, is happy and spiritual. In his autobiographical essay, Borges wrote about “The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim”, “it now seems to me to foreshadow and even to set the pattern for those tales that were somehow awaiting me, and upon which my almotsi as a storyteller was to be based.

Nathana Tila marked it as to-read Acerczmiento 09, His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe.

The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim

Jan Prepadnik rated it it was ok Jul 21, Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. Naomi Lindstrom describes the reviewer of the detective story as “a typical Borges narrator”.

He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Inacercmaiento family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain.