“The Circular Ruins,” Jorge Luis Borges, 1940

The Circular Ruins,” Jorge Luis Borges, 1940 –A wizard constructs a son from his dreams.  Through a long, painstaking process, he creates him, part by part, and calls upon Fire to give him life.  But, as the son ages, he discovers that he can walk on fire, suggesting that he might be of unusual origin.  To spare his son the knowledge that he isn’t real, the man, now old, comments suicide, only to realize that he is the creation of another’s dream.

Comments: Opens with a quote from The Looking Glass. Read in Perchance to Dream.

Author: Wikipedia: “Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), known as Jorge Luis Borges…, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the “character of unreality in all literature”. His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, religion and God.”


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