Acercamiento a Almotásim, El. Borges story-essay, a review of Mir Bahadur Ali’s Approach to Al-Mu’tasim. Borges Index: Prólogo, Historia de la eternidad, OC. El acercamiento a Almotásim, which is mostly translated to English as “The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim”, was the first short story that Borges. Title: El acercamiento a Almotásim Title Record # Author: Jorge Luis German, Der Weg zu Almotásim , Romanian, Apropierea de Almotásim.

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About Jorge Luis Borges. Avercamiento7 pages. Borges states that though both books have been popular, the first had an original printing of 4, copies and was never reprinted, while the second is by far the better known, having been reprinted several times and translated into EnglishFrenchand German. Borges was fluent in several languages. This page was last edited on 21 Mayat The student encounters many such people acercamientk a small amount of this spiritual clarity.

El acercamiento a Almotásim by Jorge Luis Borges

He becomes involved in a sectarian riot in which he impulsively kills a Hindu, after which he becomes an outcast among the lower classes of India.

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The reviewer then gives his criticisms of the work. El acercamiento a Almo He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer.


Ursula added it Sep 21, Open Preview See a Problem? A Study of the Short Fiction. Borges’s use of an allegory to shed light on a detective story shows his use of religious doctrines for aesthetic value. A long footnote at the end of the review summarises The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attarin which a group of birds seek a feather dropped in the middle of China by Simurghthe bird king.

Books by Jorge Luis Borges. Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor.

Thirty birds reach the mountain of Simurgh and there they find through contemplation that they themselves are the Simurgh. Written by Mir Bahadur Ali, an Indian lawyer, and published inthe second edition is described by the narrator as inferior to the first edition, published in Psychedelic rock band Blaak Heat named their album, Shifting Mirrors, after the subtitle of Bahadur’s fictional book mentioned in the short story.

Al-Mu’tasim means “he who goes in quest x aid” or “the seeker of shelter”. Obsessed with meeting Al-Mu’tasim, the student goes on a pilgrimage through Hindustan to find him.

He then begins a journey across the subcontinent the geography of which Borges describes in detailinteracting with untouchables along the way.


Written in”The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim” was first published as an essay in Borges’s philosophical essay collection, A History of Eternity Historia de la eternidad. The narrator then summarizes the plot of the novel.

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The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim

From these experiences, he infers the existence of a perfect manwhom he calls Al-Mu’tasim. He flees to a tower where he meets a robber of Parsee corpses collecting gold teeth. Michael Wong rated it it was ok Aug 31, Krix marked it as to-read Mar 07, On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his e and essays in Surrealist literary journals.

Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in ell late fifties.

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