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Piranesi | Designing from Ruins of AntiquityAmong the many conundrums of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The Immortal” is the City of Immortals. The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges. First Edition Provenance: February as a short story (Publisher unknown). Excerpt Provenance. By Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Caeares, and Norman Thomas di No longer subject to the exigencies of corporeality, they were immortal.

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Jorge Luis Borges’ City of the Immortals (Utopias and Dystopias #5)

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Jorge Luis Borges’ City of the Immortals (Utopias and Dystopias #5) – Alex Sager

What does the City of the Immortals tell us about immortality? The Roman soldier Marcus Flaminius Rufus sets out across the desert with soldiers and mercenaries to find the river of immorality and the City of the Immortals. The soldiers desert and mutiny and Rufus is forced to flee, injured, into the desert sandstorms.

Nearly dead from thirst, he wakes with his hands tied near an impure stream. On the opposite bank is the City of the Immortals. From niches in the iimmortals and mountain emerge the Troglodytes who do not speak and devour serpents.

Eventually, he frees himself from his bonds and journeys onward into the City of Immortals, accompanied by a Troglodyte. He wanders through a labyrinth for an interminable time, eventually emerging into the horrific City of the Immortals. This palace is a fabrication of the gods, I thought at the beginning. I explored the uninhabited interiors and corrected obrges The gods who built it have died. I noted its peculiarities and said: The gods who built it were mad.


I said it, I know, with an incomprehensible reprobation which was almost remorse, with more intellectual horror than palpable fear. Immorrtals the impression of the enormous antiquity others were added: A labyrinth is a structure compounded to confuse men; its architecture, rich in symmetries is subordinated to that end.

In the palace I imperfectly explored, the architecture lacked any such finality.

It abounded in dead end corridors, high unattainable windows, portentous doors which led to a cell or pit, incredible inverted stairways whose steps and balustrades hung downwards Unlike the mathematical logic and symmetry of M.

Labyrinths are confusing, but comprehensible. The City of Immortals does not allow any relief from confusion because it has no order. As long as it lasts, no one in the world can be strong or happy. He claims that ghe does not want to describe it but nonetheless adds: The quest for the immortsls of immortality — ultimately, an impure stream — is a reflection on immortality itself.

The City of the Immortals is a monument to the senseless horror of living forever. The prospect of immortality has attracted surprisingly few supporters.

The Immortal (short story)

Before departing on his journey, Rufus notes: Human beings have great difficulty conceiving of eternity. The narrative frequently alludes to the unreliability of memory which is compounded by how the story is delivered. But it is not merely a matter that the narrative is unreliable; rather, immortality destroys the conventions of authorship and of narration itself.

This is revealed once it becomes clear that the mute troglodytes are the immortals. But there is an added twist: Immortality would strip humanity of its achievements and its value: Seen in this manner, all our acts are just, but they are also indifferent. There are no moral or intellectual merits. Homer composed the Odyssey ; if we postulate an infinite period of time, with infinite circumstances and changes, the impossible thing is not imortals compose the Odysseyat least once.


No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Indoctrinated by a practice of centuries, the immoratls of immortal men had attained the perfection of tolerance and almost that of indifference. They knew that in an infinite period of time, all things happen to all men.

Because of his part or future virtues, every man is worth of all goodness, but also of all perversity, because of his infamy in the past or future One day the immortals become convinced horges if there is a river that grants immortality, there must be immortald river that takes it away. They set off to find it knowing that eventually ummortals will drink from every river and find the one that allows them to die. Related posts in Borgws and Dystopias: Why Utopia Invisible Cities.

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