Books: Metaphysics and Machismo

THE BOOK OF SAND

by Jorge Luis Borges

Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni

Dutton; 125 pages; $7.95

"Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which mangles me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges."

The most charming characteristic of Jorge Luis Borges remains his modesty.

Even that ambitious passage from his 1947 essay A New Refutation of...

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