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The outdated count number wastes his children’s history and the Countess concerns herself in poor health; Moscow burns; Natasha falls in love with a chilly fish, approximately runs away with a cretin, marries and becomes a senseless brood sow; Petya is killed pointlessly within the battle at 16. Jolly reliable enjoyable! Fuzzy bunnies all over the place! Tolstoy knew what happiness is—how infrequent, how imperilled, how hard-won. not just that, he had the facility to explain happiness, an extraordinary reward, which supplies his novels a lot in their amazing attractiveness. Why he denied his wisdom within the well-known sentence, I don’t understand. He did a great deal of mendacity and denying, probably greater than many lesser novelists do. He had extra to lie approximately; and his merciless theoretical Christianity led him into every kind of denials of what in his fiction he observed and confirmed to be real. So perhaps he was once simply displaying off. It sounded sturdy. It made an excellent first sentence. My subsequent essay might be approximately even if i would like to learn to name a stranger Ishmael. issues now not truly current at the booklet of myth AND J. L. BORGES In 1988 Xanadu Press released The publication of myth, a translation of the Antologia de l. a. literatura fantástica, which Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Silvina Ocampo first released in Buenos Aires in 1940. requested to give a contribution a foreword to the English version, I did so with excitement. i've got revised it in order that i may contain it during this assortment, desirous to render a few small homage to Borges. There are books that i glance on as esteemed and adored greataunts or grandmothers, clever and delicate even though occasionally really darkish of suggestions, to be grew to become to whilst my judgment hesitates. this kind of books presents proof, of a weird type. the opposite doesn't. The I Ching or e-book of alterations is the visionary elder who has outlived truth, the ancestor so outdated she speaks a special tongue. Her guidance is typically appallingly transparent, occasionally very imprecise certainly. “The little fox crossing the river wets its tail,” she says, smiling faintly, or, “A dragon appears to be like within the field,” or, “Biting upon dried gristly meat. ” One retires to think about lengthy over such recommendation. the opposite Auntie is more youthful, and speaks English. certainly she speaks extra English than anyone else. She deals fewer dragons and masses extra dried gristly meat. And but a brand new English Dictionary on ancient ideas, or the OED as she is understood to her relatives, is usually a ebook of alterations. so much magnificent in its transmutations, it isn't the ebook of Sand, but is inexhaustible; no longer an Aleph, but all we now have acknowledged and will ever say is in it, if we will be able to yet locate it. “Auntie! ” I say, magnifying glass in hand, simply because my variation, the Compact Auntie, is compressed into volumes of print no better than grains of sand, “Auntie! Please inform me approximately myth, simply because i need to discuss a e-book of delusion, yet it's not that i am certain what i'm conversing approximately. ” “Fantasy, or Phantasy,” Auntie replies, clearing her throat, “is from the Greek phantasia, lit. ‘a making seen. ’” She explains that phantasia is expounded to the verbs phantasein, “to make visible,” or in past due Greek, “to think, have visions,” and phainein, “to express.

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