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  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges [English]

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    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges. Translated by Emece Editores, S.A. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel.

    This recording contains the occasional sound of the passing of automobiles. I like to imagine that they are a bustling city, just outside Borges' apartment window, on a temperate afternoon, while he narrates his most recently completed work to a group of a like-minded bibliophiles in some mid 20th century Buenos Aires, caught in amber.

    It appears, or at least according to my limited research it appears, that this is the first narration of Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius in English. I did find versions in French and Spanish.

    I must confess, due to the author's scrupulous preservation of detail, that in the ante-penultimate (third to las†) paragraph of the story, I pronounced the homonym 'minute' as if it were in reference to time, when in fact in was meant to be pronounced in relation to size. A simple yet ghastly oversight.

    Lastly, I might add, somewhat poetically, in the spirit of the last paragraph before the postscript (which was intended to be anachronistic, set seven years into the then future), which went: "Things become duplicated in Tlön; they also tend to become effaced and lose their details when they are forgotten. A classic example is the doorway which survived so long as it was visited by a beggar and disappeared at his death. At times some birds, a horse, have saved the ruins of an amphitheater." Is that by remembering and narrating this story, I hope, in some small way, to preserve the architecture of one of the greatest literary metagrobologists to ever grace a pen.

    P.S. This is AUDIO ONLY, so put on your screen savor and sweep your apartment, or doodle, you don't need to stare at the screen. Plus, a story like this, that goes this long, takes a certain contemplative demeanor. It's a moment to pause and reflect in life, maybe while doing something tedious, like paying bills or organizing a file cabinet.

    *Correction, volumes 56 and 57 Show less
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  • Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges | The Complete Audio Book Edition (English) Play all

    The Complete Audio Book Edition of Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges. Ficciones (Fictions), is an enigmatic compilation of seventeen short stories, most of which are translated by Anthony Kerrigan, as well as a few others. Narration done by Joseph Voelbel. Educational Use Only.

    PART I.

    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
    The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
    Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
    The Circular Ruins
    The Lottery in Babylon
    An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain
    The Library of Babel
    The Garden of Forking Paths

    Part II.

    Funes the Memorious
    The Form of the Sword
    Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
    Death and the Compass
    The Secret Miracle
    Three Versions of Judas
    The End
    The Sect of the Phoenix
    The South

    BORGES ABSTRACT:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A gnostic concatenation of neo-realism meets metaphor, wrapped in a letter, composed between ellipses of a 1,001 nights, a product of Babylon, of the Company, a lost encyclopedia of Tlon reflected in a looking glass, the Schopenhauer in all of us, that every man was Shakespeare, a splash of Kafka, the mathematical precision of a footnote, the journey out of a labyrinth by always going left, an Oxford man, the cult of the Phoenix (or more accurately the secret), the four letter name for God, the obverse side of a twenty centavo coin, a Greek Diana, a learned Librarian, that Garden of Forking Paths, which journeyed to the center of the soul, the metaphysical and everyday implications of memory - Memorious, Imagination, the journey to see the seer, the space inside a hidden chest at the bottom of a bottomless sea, the educated man, the belief that Don Quixote was the author of Cervantes. the Odyssey in the form of a book report of James Joyce's Ulysses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    A playlist of short films by Joseph Voelbel.
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    Standup by Joseph Voelbel.
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