Dreamtigersby Jorge Luis Borges
Dreamtigers has been heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century by Mortimer J. Adler, editor of Great Books of the Western World. It has been acknowledged by its author as his most personal work. Composed of poems, parables, and stories, sketches and apocryphal quotations, Dreamtigers at first glance/cite>/cite>/cite>
Dreamtigers has been heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century by Mortimer J. Adler, editor of Great Books of the Western World. It has been acknowledged by its author as his most personal work. Composed of poems, parables, and stories, sketches and apocryphal quotations, Dreamtigers at first glance appears to be a sampler—albeit a dazzling one—of the master's work. Upon closer examination, however, the reader discovers the book to be a subtly and organically unified self-revelation.
Dreamtigers explores the mysterious territory that lies between the dreams of the creative artist and the "real" world. The central vision of the work is that of a recluse in the "enveloping serenity " of a library, looking ahead to the time when he will have disappeared but in the timeless world of his books will continue his dialogue with the immortals of the past — Homer, Don Quixote, Shakespeare. Like Homer, the maker of these dreams is afflicted with failing sight. Still, he dreams of tigers real and imagined and reflects upon of a life that, above all, has been intensely introspective, a life of calm self-possession and absorption in the world of the imagination. At the same time he is keenly aware of that other Borges, the public figure about whom he reads with mixed emotions: "It's the other one, it's Borges, that things happen to."
Meet the Author
Mildred Boyer is professor emerita of romance languages at the University of Texas at Austin
- Date of Birth:
- August 24, 1899
- Date of Death:
- June 14, 1986
- Place of Birth:
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Place of Death:
- Geneva, Switzerland
- B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914
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Imagine reading a book written in another dimension, attached to life as we know it via string theory, where everything unordinary is extraordinary and ordinary at the same time. He has a gentleness when speaking of the unspeakable invisible most difficult tribulations of individual existence where somehow, everything smells like heaven. Something scientific, spiritual, literary and entirely poetic fills the pages of Borges' work. It's like the wisdom of a shaman, a psychologist (far beyond time), a scientist, and a word master artist all in one. If Borges were alive, I would go lay prostrate at his door.