Complete summary of Jorge Luis Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Garden of Forking Paths. Full text of “The Garden Of Forking Paths Jorge Luis Borges “. See other formats. The Garden of Forking Paths To Victoria Ocampo In his A History of the. To say that Jorge Luis Borges was a librarian, of course, is like saying Wallace The concept Borges described in “The Garden of Forking Paths”—in several.

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Bulletin of Spanish Studies. That was why I had accepted it fully, without paying it any attention.

Yesterday it was bombed. I remember the final words, repeated at the end of each version like a secret command: First, the curious legend that Ts’ui Pen had proposed to create an infinite maze, second, a fragment of a letter which I discovered.

Thus I proceeded, while with the eyes of a man already dead, I contemplated the fluctuations of the day which would probably be my last, and watched the diffuse coming of night.

The truth is that, in the deserted street, I felt infinitely visible and oof. I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, that soon only soldiers and bandits will be left. Century follows century, and things happen only in the present. I fired with the utmost care: Tsun suspects that Captain Madden, an Irishman in the employ of the British Empiremight be similarly motivated.

This, then, is the tortuous method of approach preferred by the oblique Ts’ui Pen in every meandering of his interminable novel. To eliminate a word completely, to refer to it by means of inept phrases and obvious paraphrases, is perhaps the best way of drawing attention to it.

Albert fell without a murmur, at once. A phonograph record was spinning near a bronze phoenix. I argued that so small a victory prefigured a total victory. He gave up all the pleasures of oppression, justice, of a well-stocked bed, of banquets, and even of erudition, patha shut himself up in the Pavilion of the Limpid Sun for thirteen years.


His hands and voice could, at any moment, knock and beckon at my door. He spent thirteen years on these oddly assorted tasks before he was assassinated by a stranger. Forkimg vision of “forking paths” has been cited as inspiration by numerous new media scholars, in particular within the field of hypertext fiction.

The New Media Reader. In this one, in which chance has favored me, you have come to my gate. I, a barbarous Englishman, have been given the key to this transparent mystery. Taking his few possessions, Tsun boards a train to the village of Ashgrove. I remember some farmers, a woman dressed in mourning, a youth deep in Gqrden Annals and a wounded, happy soldier.

The Garden of Forking Paths

I recalled, too, the night in the middle of The Thousand and One Nights when Queen Scheherezade, through a magical mistake on the part of her copyist, started to tell the story of The Thousand and One Nights, with the risk of again arriving at the night upon which she will relate it, and thus on to infinity. Rereading the whole work confirmed this theory. Fang can kill the intruder, the intruder can kill Fang, both can be saved, both can die and so on and so on.

Later, he 4 told me he had been a missionary in Tientsin before he “had aspired to become a Sinologist. At one time, Ts’ui Pen must have said; ‘I am going into seclusion to write a book,’ and at another, ‘I am retiring to construct a maze.

The novel’s confusion suggested that it was the labyrinth. Madden, in self defense, had inflicted wounds of which the spy later died. My voice, my human voice, was weak. The almost unbearable memory of Madden’s long horseface put an end to these wandering thoughts. He was Governor of Yunnan and gave up temporal power to write a novel with more characters than there are in the Hung Lou Meng, and to create a maze in which all men would lose themselves. Immediately I recollected the voice that had spoken in German.


The train crept along gently, amid ash trees. Tsun is a spy for the German Empire who has realized that an MI5 agent called Captain Richard Madden is pursuing him, has entered the apartment of his handler Viktor Runeberg, and has either captured or killed him.

Doctor Tsun explains that his spying has never been for the sake of Imperial Germany, which he considers “a barbarous country”. There are countless men in the air, on land and at sea, and all that really happens happens to me.

For a few moments he turned his back to me. Under the trees of England I meditated on this lost and perhaps mythical labyrinth. In the black and yellow garden there was only a single man, but this man was as strong as a statue and this man was walking up the path and he was Captain Richard Madden.

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This article is about the short story. I thought of a maze of mazes, of a sinuous, ever growing maze which would take in both past and future and would somehow involve the stars. I have gone over ;aths of manuscripts, I have corrected errors introduced by careless copyists, I have worked out the plan from this chaos, I have restored, or believe I have restored, the original.

I have translated the whole work. Now then, this is the only problem that does not figure in the pages of The Garden.