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Bor·ges

 (bôr′hĕs), Jorge Luis 1899-1986.
Argentinian writer particularly known for his short fictions, such as "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" (1940) and "The Lottery in Babylon" (1941), which have a metaphysical, fantastic quality.

Bor·ges′i·an (-hā′sē-ən, -hĕs′ē-) adj.

Borgesian

(ˌbɔːˈhɛsɪən)
adj
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of Jorge Luis Borges or his works
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) reminiscent of elements of Borges' stories and essays, esp labyrinths, mirrors, reality, identity, the nature of time, and infinity
Translations
borgésien
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His second novel, The Way Inn, posited a Borgesian fantasy in which a particular chain of indistinguishable expense-account hotels appear to be endlessly and inescapably interconnected.
" Often it reads like a puzzle, the locked puzzle that is one of several literary motifs in the story, like the void and the sweating beast, the Borgesian dream, the Ali and Elvis hagiography.
"He has outgrown the historical narratives that made up the contours of his well-known tradition to inhabit the shifting forms and scopes of Borgesian literature" (58).
In the English-language world, two films seem to have grown in reputation in the decade since: the scabrously funny In Bruges and the complex, morbid, almost Borgesian folly Synecdoche, New York, with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theatre director blurring the line between art and reality.
The library has thus become a Borgesian establishment, the sort that engenders, or even necessitates, myth.
Instead of a diagram, Phelan presents a chart identifying the constant elements in narrative communication--the (actual/implied) author and the audience (authorial and actual)--as well as a Borgesian list of resources deployable by the author in connecting with the audience.
The phrase's use in the title of a recent video by Sondra Perry, the centerpiece of her debut exhibition at Bridget Donahue, reminded us that it is only half of the original slogan, which promises a Borgesian duplication of the world of sports: "If it's in the game, it's in the game." Perry explores the implications of such doublings in IT'S IN THE GAME '17 or Mirror Gag for Vitrine and Projection, 2017.
Crumey adds to this a Borgesian concept of the total or infinite library, in which all of these stories reside, and in which each text has been produced by a single printing machine.
When he includes under the category of signs 'mountains, planets, or living elephants--signs that are too big to be presented in the museum'--his media phenomenology starts to look more and more like the Borgesian Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge which lists in its classification of animals 'the innumerable ones' as well as 'those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush'.
There is a kind of Borgesian absurdity to the space for numbers in the colonial imagination that has not entirely ended especially when we think of their previous work on ectropy, meant as the increased organization of information (figure 5).
The heterogeneity of this list reminds one of the Borgesian "Chinese encyclopaedia" that figures memorably in Foucault's preface to The Order of Things: a boarding school, a honeymoon motel, a garden, a museum, a sauna, a cemetery, a hospital, an asylum, a retirement home, and so on.
The critic views Perez's novel as exemplary for its employment of a Borgesian notion of the act of writing as an activity which may enable "la superviviencia personal en condiciones de urgencia" (210), which may be used as a way to connect the writer to other human beings, and which, ultimately, may sketch the "rostro secreto" (213) of the author which is imperceptible except by means of the artistic creation.