The "postscript" dated 1947 is intended to be anachronistic, set seven years in the future.The first English-language translation of the story was published in 1961.
The "postscript" dated 1947 is intended to be anachronistic, set seven years in the future.
Tlön is a world of Berkeleyan idealism with one critical omission: it lacks the omnipresent, perceiving deity on whom Berkeley relied as a point of view demanding an internally consistent world.
This infinitely mutable world is tempting to a playful intellect, and its "transparent tigers and ...
The engineer Herbert Ashe, an English friend of Borges' father with a peculiar interest in duodecimal, dies of an aneurysm rupture.
Borges inherits a packet containing a book, which was left by Ashe in a pub.
That book is revealed to be the eleventh volume of an English-language encyclopedia entirely devoted to Tlön, one of the worlds in which Uqbar's legends are set.
The book contains two oval blue stamps with the words Orbis Tertius inscribed in blue.If there can be no such thing as observing the same object at different times, there is no possibility of a posteriori inductive reasoning (generalizing from experience).Ontology—the philosophy of what it means to be—is an alien concept.Borges, impressed with the "memorable" sentence, asks for its source.Bioy replies that he had read it in the chapter about Uqbar of the Anglo-American Cyclopaedia, "a literal if inadequate reprint" of the 1902 edition of Encyclopædia Britannica.(Andrew Hurley, one of Borges' translators, wrote a fiction in which he says that the words "axaxaxas mlö" "can only be pronounced as the author's cruel, mocking laughter".) In another language family of Tlön, "the basic unit is not the verb, but the monosyllabic adjective", which in combinations of two or more forms nouns: "moon" becomes "round airy-light on dark" or "pale-orange-of-the-sky".In a world where there are no nouns—or where nouns are composites of other parts of speech, created and discarded according to a whim—and no things, most of Western philosophy becomes impossible.towers of blood" In the anachronistic postscript set in 1947, Borges remembers events that occurred in the last years.In 1941, the world and the narrator have learned, through the emergence of a letter, the nature of Uqbar and Tlön.It describes Uqbar as an obscure region, located in Iraq or Asia Minor, with an all-fantastic literature taking place in the mythical worlds of Mlejnas and Tlön.Afterwards, they keep searching for Uqbar in other sources, but are unable to find any mention.