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El informe de Brodie

De este volumen fruto de la lenta madurez del gran escritor son directos desnudos y sencill. Borges mentions that the inspiration for these stories was from Kipling s laconic masterpieceshope to read them someday He stays true to his words The stories here explore a wide range of themes from religion culture time and memory Unlike his meta fiction or labyrinthine works this focuses mainly on a simple story with a twist at the end The short stories included in this version are1 The Gospel According to Mark Religion5 Stars2 The Unworthy Friend GauchoWestern4 Stars3 The Duel Duel with Paint Brushes35 Stars4 The End of the Duel GauchoWestern45 Stars5 Rosendo s Tale Crime4 Stars6 The Intruder Crime4 Stars7 The Meeting Crime4 Stars8 Juan Murana GauchoPsychological Thriller45 Stars9 The Elder Lady Victim of time5 Stars10 Guayauil Will to Life5 Stars11 Doctor Brodie s Report Culture5 StarsDeceptively simple yet intricately structured I m sure these stories will still surprise me when I revisit them in the futureRegardsVinay

CHARACTERS El informe de Brodie

El Informe de Brodie supone una evolución imprevista en la estética de Jorge Luis Borges. Welcome to the many universes of Jorge Luis Borges For those new to the author this is an excellent place to start with Borges since these stories are accessible and straightforward containing very little of the baroue complexity characteristic of his earlier collections To share the wisdom nectar of these eleven Borges tales I will focus on the title story And let me tell you I have read a number of books on indigenous tribes by cultural anthropologists such as Raymond Firth and Colin Turnbull but I have never encountered a study uite like Brodie s ReportBRODIE S REPORTStrange Find The narrator relates how he discovers a manuscript tucked inside the cover of Thousand and One Nights a manuscript written by one David Brodie a Scottish missionary who preached in the jungles of Brazil a manuscript he is now making known to the world and the narrator says how he will take pains to reproduce the manuscript s colorless language verbatim Such a mysterious find is classic Borges the narrator is only the messenger any actual firsthand experience of unfolding peculiar events belongs to another Bare Facts Here are the raw facts about this bestial wild brutish tribe Brodie calls Yahoos vowels are absent in their harsh language the number of their tribe never exceeds seven hundred they sleep wherever they find themselves at night and only a few have names they call one another by flinging mud or throwing themselves in the dirt their diet consists of fruits roots reptiles and milk from cats and bats they hide themselves while eating but have sex out in the open they walk about naked since clothing and tattoos are unknown to them they prefer to huddle in swamps rather than grasslands with springs of fresh water and shade trees they devour the raw flesh of their king ueen and witch doctors so as to imbibe their respective virtues For an author like Borges a highly cultivated refined aesthetically attuned urbane gentleman and man of letters life among this tribe of Yahoo could be seen as his worst nightmare And of course Yahoos bring to mind that memorable tale by Jonathan Swift uestionable Honor The tribe is ruled over by a king whose power is absolute Each male child is closely examined to see if he possess bodily signs both secret and sacred revealing him as their future king Once a child is chosen as king of the Yahoos he is immediately castrated blinded and his hands and feet cut off so as he will not be distracted by the outside world setting him free to imbibe inner wisdom The king is then taken to a cavern where only witch doctors and a pair of female slaves are permitted entry to serve the king and smear his body with dung By this extreme social custom I think Borges is asking us to ponder the perennial philosophical uestion is our basic corrupt human nature improved by society and culture a view held by such as Plato and Aristotle or are we as according to Jean Jacues Rousseau good by nature and corrupted by society However we approach this uestion one thing is for sure no other non human primate tribe would inflict such brutal dismemberment on their leaderVision and Creativity The ueen looks at Brodie and then in full sight of her attendants offers herself to him He declines but then the ueen does something unexpected she pricks Brodie with a pin a pin manufactured elsewhere since the Yahoos are incapable of manufacturing even the simplest objects Pin pricking from the ueen is seen by the Yahoo as an honor the ueen projects that Brodie will not feel any pain since all the Yahoos are insensitive to pain and pleasure with the exception of the pleasure they take in gorging on raw and rancid food and smelling its noxious odor On the heels of this episode Brodie make a startling pronouncement lack of imagination makes them cruel To my mind one of the most powerful statements within the story linking cruelty with an individual s lack of imagination and also linking cruelty with a society s lack of imagination How far removed are we from the Yahoos in this respect reallyBizarre Brodie reports how the Yahoo number system is uniue how they count one two three four and then immediately go to infinity Also uniue is the power the witch doctors have to transform anyone into an ant or a tortoise as proof of this truth the Yahoo point out red ants swarming on an anthill Then we arrive something truly uniue the Yahoo have virtually no memory they barely have any recollection of past time beyond yesterday On this topic Brodie makes a general philosophically point memory is no less marvelous than prophesy since the ancient happenings we easily recall the building of the pyramids the parting of the Red Sea are much distant in time than tomorrow As we all know our very human capacity to remember can be a mixed blessing although our humanity is enriched we can freuently be burdened by continually bringing to mind not only nasty and sad memories but tragic and horrific memories Not the Yahoo they only go back as far as yesterdayTheology Since Brodie is a Scottish missionary predictably his report includes the Yahoo system of religious belief Turns out the Yahoo believe both heaven and hell are underground their hell is bright dry and inhabited by the old the sick the mistreated as well as Arabs leopards and the Apemen Yes Brodie reports how the Yahoo have to fend off attacks by the Apemen No further detail is given on the Apemen which makes the whole report a bit spooky Anyway the Yahoo heaven is dark and marsh like and the afterlife reward for kings ueens witch doctors along with the happy the hardhearted and the bloodthirsty I can just imagine what Jorge Luis Borges must have been thinking outlining such a Yahoo theology a theology that really stretches our conventional views of the afterlife to say the leastThe Arts Brodie s report includes the two Yahoo sports organized cat fights and executions Sound like fun I wonder if they would sell tickets to outsiders Then Brodie reports on how a poet is a Yahoo who can string together six or seven enigmatic words The poet will then shriek out these mysterious words surrounded by his fellow Yahoo who consider the poet no longer a man but a god And as a god they have the right to kill the poet on the spot However if the poet can escape the circle he can seek refuge in a desert to the north of the jungle Again I wonder what was going through the mind of Borges when he envisioned poetry and the Yahoo certainly enough to make a refined aesthete s skin crawl Home Sweet Home Bordie reports how now that he s home in Scotland he still dreams of the Yahoo and how the Yahoo are not that far removed from the streets of Glasgow since after all the Yahoo have institutions a king speak a language based on abstract concepts believe in the divine origin of poetry and also believe the soul survives death Lastly let me note how Brodie reports how based on their rather abstract language the Yahoo are not a primitive people but a degenerative people in other words they are a people whose ancestors were once highly civilized perhaps even European A rather chilling thought

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A diferencia de El Aleph y Ficciones ue abundan en enigmas y en símbolos los once cuentos. Brief Tales Composed in a Plain StyleIn the Foreword to this short collection Borges pays tribute to the late tortured and labyrinthine stories of Rudyard Kipling which he compares favourably to those of Franz Kafka and Henry JamesHowever his real interest and inspiration for these stories was Kipling s earlier stories which Borges describes as a series of brief tales composed in a plain style that amount to laconic masterpieces He speculates that if a young man of genius can achieve these standards then perhaps a man such as himself then aged 70 beginning to get along in years and who knows his craft might without immodesty himself attemptPredicating the UniverseBorges claims that his stories are plain tales though not necessarily simple There is not a simple page a simple word on earth for all pages all words predicate the universe whose most notorious attribute is its complexity The Influence of Thousand and One NightsHere he alludes to Thousand and One Nights which like his own tales are intended not to persuade readers but to entertain and touch themHe describes his stories as realistic for they abound in the circumstantial details that writers are reuired to invent Despite his continuing affection for Poe he claims to have renounced the shocks of a baroue style as well as those afforded by unforeseen or unexpected endingsOf the 11 stories in this collection most make use of a framing story in the manner of Thousand and One Nights The manuscript in the titular story is actually found tucked inside a copy of the bookHere however the substantive story purports to be someone else s tale that has been brought to Borges for him to retell or record There is almost an expectation that Borges being a writer of renown he will embellish the original plain tale and somehow make it entertaining memorable or eternalBorges covenants to tell the story conscientiously though I can forsee myself yielding to the literary temptation to heighten or insert the occasional small detail Any tale especially when retold is re invented in the voice of the story tellerIn Unworthy the bookseller Santiago Fischbein confided to me an episode of his life and today I can tell it I will change the occasional detail as is only to be expectedIn the next story Rosendo Juarez says of Nicolas Paredes That old man was something I ll tell you the stories he d tellNot so as to fool anyone of course just to be entertaining He proceeds to tell Borges the truth behind the lies you wrote about a knife fight in the tough underworld neighbourhood of Palermo in Buenos AiresThe Stuff of MemoryIn The Encounter the tale teller witnesses another knife fight and yearns for someone to be killed so that I could tell about it later and remember it The story becomes the vehicle for not just entertainment but recollection and memory and therefore historyThe story is the alternative to silence to secrecy In the years that followed I thought than once about confiding the story to a friend but I always suspected that I derived pleasure from keeping the secret than I would from telling it At the end of the story he ventures Things last longer than men with a hint that perhaps stories last longer than things that perhaps stories never end Who can say whether the story ends here who can say that they will never meet again Perhaps a story is a station on the line to eternity or even infinityTold and BelievedIn Juan Murana the narrator says I can t say whether the story was true the important thing at the time was that it had been told and believedThis observation can apply eually to fiction in general Verisimilitude becomes not just a skill but an object of play in the game between writer and readerEven the detail in the description is designed to convince us without necessarily pulling the wool over our eyes This is a description of his aunt s house Her room smelled musty In one corner stood the iron bed with a rosary hanging on one of the bedposts in another the wooden wardrobe for her clothes On one of the whitewashed walls there was a lithograph of the Virgen del Carmen A candlestick sat on the nightstand You believe it because you can visualise itYou and OblivionThe story is partly the memory of a knife fight and partly the memory of a room and its occupant Tomorrow when the memory is gone and the room forgotten there will be only oblivion what Borges calls the common oblivion In The Duel Borges concludes that the story that moved in darkness ends in darkness Darkness could be the oblivion of forgottenness which all good stories battle to overcome even if told in a plain style Like Borges early stories these stories too are laconic masterpiecesOma und OpaA Short Tall TaleI never met my paternal grandparents What I know of them my father and his sisters told me This is all I remember nowMy grandfather spent his early life in Edinburgh He was interested in philosophy all through school and in 1930 he travelled to Germany so he could study under Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg There he also met my grandmother the daughter of a Jewish professor of biology Oma was highly intelligent and a keen reader but was no student although she was very supportive of Opa s endeavours So much so that shortly after their marriage she conceived and gave birth to my father in 1932 Once married and even so when my father was born my grandfather couldn t hide Oma s racial identity from Heidegger and eventually Opa was expelled from the University at Heidegger s direction once he became Rektor Oma and Opa caught a boat to Buenos Aires where Opa gained a position as a private tutor in philosophy Unfortunately despite the relative comfort in which they lived Oma caught tuberculosis and died Opa was forced to leave Argentina from where he went initially to Dunedin on the south island of New Zealand and then to Melbourne where his brother and sister in law worked in an architectural firmThey lived together in an apartment building in St Kilda until Opa was lucky enough to negotiate an appointment as a lecturer in jurisprudence at the University of Melbourne As part of his remuneration package he was able to live and work as a tutor in a hall of residence on the campus He also acuired a girlfriend who was happy enough to marry him and share the burden of taking care of my father They subseuently had two daughters my aunts one of whom became a professor of literature and the other a musician she played the cello the sound of which still reminds me of Melbourne even though I was 17 when I left there to study in Canberra where incidentally I listened to much Baroue and early musicSOUNDTRACKview spoilerRobyn Hitchcock You and Oblivion Concerto in D major for Violin Cello Trumpet and Strings hide spoiler


About the Author: Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges Spanish pronunciation xoɾxe lwis boɾxes was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain On his return to Argentina in 1921 Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals He also wo



10 thoughts on “El informe de Brodie

  1. says:

    Welcome to the many universes of Jorge Luis Borges For those new to the author this is an excellent place to start with Borges since these stories are accessible and straightforward containing very little of the baroue complexity characteristic of his earlier collections To share the wisdom nectar of these eleven Borges tales I will

  2. says:

    In his old age Borges using Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills as his model crafted these deceptively straightforward narratives in a new laconic style Argentinian history the half savage Pampas the criminals of

  3. says:

    I do not aspire to be Aesop My stories like those of the Thousand and One Nights try to be entertaining or movin

  4. says:

    ”I can’t say whether the story was true; the important thing was that it had been told and believed”I have the Collected Fictions with copious translator's notes but am splitting my review of that into its components listed in publication order Collected Fictions all reviews This is the seventh published in 1970 The Encounter is a crucial story describing a seminal episode in JLB’s childhood suggesting the roots of so many

  5. says:

    Brief Tales Composed in a Plain StyleIn the Foreword to this short collection Borges pays tribute to the late tortured and labyrinth

  6. says:

    I am so wrapped up in the several worlds of Jorge Luis Borges that I am sometimes taken aback by the reactions of other readers Doctor Brodie's Report is late Borges and not at all in the same metaphysical vein as the stories in say Ficciones Labyrinths or The Aleph It was written in fact after a long spell of

  7. says:

    Knives knives knivesI had forgotten how important they were In fact I've faced life until now without one whether it has been a life at all might be the most poignant uestionBorges is a master of realism The clarity of his prose strikes deeper within me than most of what I have read recently; I happily lose myself in his

  8. says:

    In the forward JLB says he set out to write minimalist stories like Robert Louis Stevenson I can’t say if he is Stevensian or not but I can tell you that these stories are minimalist masterpieces How can he possibly pack so much in four to six pages? And he isn’t cramming in a thousand modifiers into every paragraph either; ins

  9. says:

    Borges mentions that the inspiration for these stories was from Kipling's laconic masterpieceshope to read them someday He stays true to his words The stories here explore a wide range of themes from religion culture time

  10. says:

    For years I have tried to like Borges I love good Latin American literature as a result I have read some of Borges's work

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