Summary Of Jorge Luis Borges's 'The Aleph'

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In The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges tells the story of Carlos Argentino Daneri, a mediocre poet on a quest to create a masterpiece- a poem that describes in detail all the places in the world. Upon receiving the news that his house will be demolished, Daneri is enraged. He confesses to the narrator that he needs the house to finish his poem, as the ceiling contains an Aleph, i.e. a point in space that contains all other points and he has been using it as an aide for his writing. The story ends with the narrator experiencing for himself the Aleph but refusing to acknowledge its existence to Daneri. There are a number of reasons for me bringing this story, which bears no obvious connection to the works of the two Palestinian writers that I will be reviewing. First, it is a way of insuring myself. Much of Borges’s story is devoted to the attempt of Daneri to hide his lack of talent behind the mask of erudition. He constantly draws parallels between his work and those of the great…show more content…
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