“The Circular Ruins”/”Las ruinas circulares”) first published in the literary journal Sur in December , it was included in the collection The Garden of. This story is arguably the most allegorical in Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths collection. It is a touching tale of the process of creation; not. And if he left off dreaming about you / Through the Looking Glass, VI / No one saw him disembark in the unanimous night, no one saw the bamboo canoe.

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The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. This man grows up and we follow him through the crculares stages of his life.

The notion of a sleeping deity dreaming creation is drawn from the idealist philosophy of Berkeley and was echoed for Spanish readers by Miguel de Unamuno with his prayer, “Dream Us, Oh God.

Nunca me lo espere. The Circular Ruins – with spoilers. Packs quite a punch.

The Circular Ruins

Want to Read saving…. Quotes from The Circular Ruins. Feb 03, Matt Cannon rated it really liked it. Reading this short story by Borges was like taking a long lick off from a lollipop made out of LSD.


This is Borges main point; to not focus on the birth and death of life. What a marvellous and extremely well written story. Jan 01, Talieh rated it it was amazing. Believing him his offspring he worries that his botges will discover his origins and be humiliated at the realization that he is merely someone’s dream.

Borges declared once that he took up the same idea in a pair of sonnets about chess. So he might never know he was just a dream, the sorcerer erases all memory of the apprenticeship years. Therefore, he goes on to emphasize the importance of life and the importance of not knowing how life was born, only how it looks like.

He must “manage” his dreams and also rationally control the irrational and produce a result—a product—that can transcend the dreamworld and the dream, carry over into the boorges world, and by implication outlive the dreamer.

He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer.

The Circular Ruins (Las Ruinas Circulares) by Jorge Luis Borges, |

Applying this to the story confirms the statement; As soon as the protagonist realizes that he is a projection he stops believing making his life and the life of the short story come to an abrupt ending. Oct 23, Jerry Jose rated it really liked it. In conclusion, I would like to point out the importance of not asking to many questions. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Identify the allusion and then explain how it relates to the story?


The story, therefore, is as circular as the ruins in which the protagonist lays, from beginning to end, and from creation to conclusion.

These mystic, ritual actions draw upon various religions, ancient and modern, Oriental and Occidental. Indeed, it approaches the ludicrous. Can someone or something be its own cause?

Reality is life, and life is reality. So why not stop asking questions, and look at life for what it truly is; absolutely beautiful! It covered the subject of dreams and where they intersect with reality and creation and the fine line between them all.

Lists with This Book. Apr 14, Kasper rated it really liked it Shelves: In this story we follow the protagonist into the dream where we get to see the creation of a borge. Reality is suspended and the reader is ready for the uncanny.