Borges and the Aleph

George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University

[Note 16 to Chapter 1 in print version. © the Johns Hopkins University Press 1992.]

Jorge Luis Borges, "The Aleph," in The Aleph and Other Stories, 13: "In that single gigantic instant I saw millions of acts both delightful and awful; not one of them amazed me more than the fact that all of them occupied the same point in space, without overlapping or transparency. What my eyes beheld was simultaneous, but what I shall now write down will be successive, because language is successive. . . . The Aleph's diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror's face, let us say) was infinite things, since I saw it from every angle of the universe."

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