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Sep 06, Cyndi rated it it was amazing. View all 27 comments. But then again, is it really less arrogant than us saying that we were the ones that wrote the book, that it was generated banel the human mind?

The Library of Babel

In a short essay, W. Is this universe of repeated rooms each with five shelves and thirty-five books a mirror of our world? As “Library of Babel” was possibly Borges’ most imaginative piece of fiction, it’s wonderful to see it given shape – as wonderful as it is vabel.

I can see his influence on Umberto Eco in the manipulation of text and the blending between fiction and reality. This is definitely not an easy book. Many wandered in search of Him. This leads some librarians to superstitious and cult -like behaviors, such as the “Purifiers”, who arbitrarily destroy books they deem nonsense as they scour through the bibliotheek seeking the “Crimson Hexagon” and its illustrated, magical books.

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

Sep 17, Carla rated it liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. In mainstream theories of natural language syntax, every syntactically-valid babfl can be extended to produce a new, longer one, because of recursion.


Those who judge it to be limited postulate that in remote places the corridors and stairways and hexagons can, inconceivably, come to an end—which is absurd. Jul 13, Marzieh Torabi rated it it was amazing Shelves: A simple search engine—yes, even Babdl would suffice—completely nullifies the scope of infinity.

The Library of Babel – Wikipedia

Also through here passes a spiral stairway, which sinks babl and soars upwards to remote distances. One might speculate that these rules are contained in the crimson hexagon room which is the key to decoding the others.

A Kaleidoscope of earlier ideas like Borel’s dactylographic monkey theorem, Pascal’s metaphor and Robert Burton’s variations, a mathematical thought experiment with infinities and labyrinths that employs cabalistic reasoning which blurs the infinite and the finite with philosophical implications that puts the Gita in mind, a melting pot of motifs that would influence Eco’s influential masterpiece – the name of the rose, and a strange allegory that had me reading all over the internet and pondering for hours I know not how many.

One which my father saw in a hexagon on circuit fifteen ninety-four was made up of the letters MCV, perversely repeated from the first line to the last.

There are only four shelves of books in each room and most are in languages hard to decipher. The authorities were obliged to issue severe orders.

So if we identify these rules, we can better decode ‘reality’. They already exist, waiting to be uncovered, amongst unimaginable piles of gibberish and fragments. He reflects the flaws of human kind subtly here in form of rogue librarians, mystical legends, and slow madness.


My initial reaction to reading this is that it is a mildly arrogant viewpoint. Someone proposed a regressive method: To read Borges is to become children again, listening to stories of magic and wonder, of unfathomable worlds.

Bibliithek narrator describes how his universe consists of an enormous expanse of adjacent hexagonal rooms, each of which contains the bare necessities for human survival—and four walls of bookshelves. Borges explores the ways that people might react to this, with several nods to religion and philosophy.

There are numerous philosophical implications within the idea of the finite library which exhausts all possibilities. All books bubliothek will ever be written exist, we have just not created them yet.

T]he elements of his game are the universal orthographic symbols, not the words of a voon [ His influence on Eco is clearly seen. How could one locate the venerated and secret hexagon which housed Him? From these two incontrovertible premises he deduced that the Library is total and that its shelves register all the possible combinations of the twenty-odd orthographical symbols a number which, though extremely vast, is not infinite that is, everything it is given to express: Was I really going to read a thousand page physics text full of scary math?

But then I found a Website. Jul 13, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: And all these in a short-story.