This is a short and marvelous essay about the value of abstractions (including scientific knowledge) by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Though written in. Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets. Maps are a standard of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. . Borges called the piece “Of Exactitude in Science,” and packaged it as a bit of.

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It also has an acute wistfulness about it — the ragged tatters of the abandoned map, the lapse into ignorance of the populace, these are evoked by mere clauses, with no need for tedious circumscription or proviso.

Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Email required Address never made public.

Jon Cronshaw rated it it was amazing Sep 13, He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Overall, a wonderful borgse story with an incredible amount of thought behind it. Ana rated it it was ok Jun 30, In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.

Umberto Eco expanded upon the exacritude, quoting Borges’s paragraph as the epigraph for his short story “On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1.

He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. This site uses cookies. Return to Book Page. His work was translated and published widely borves the United States and in Europe.


On his return to Ij inBorges began publishing his poems scisnce essays in Surrealist literary journals. And then came the grandest idea of all! I like the way this story makes a flat declaration — in the manner of Kafka — not sugaring the pill of suspension of disbelief, only taking it as a given: You are commenting using your WordPress.

Maggie rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Alex rated it really liked it Nov 28, University of Chicago Press.

Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges

You are commenting using your Twitter account. So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want boges read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of bortes mile to the mile! Bezaubernd rated it really liked it Mar 26, Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges short stories Works about hyperreality Argentine speculative fiction works.

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Lynch Davis” and “Suarez Miranda” would be combined later in to form another pseudonym, B. Ogulcan rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain.

On Exactitude in Science

You are sciehce using your Facebook account. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Stefan Savevski rated it it was ok Nov 20, The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.


Trivia About On Exactitude in He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Ellen Jin rated it really liked it Jun 17, Borges’s short stories were what showed me the way: The brevity of “On Exactitude in Science” isn’t really the point — or, rather, it’s the entire point: Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept.

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Noora rated it really liked it Jan 03, You travel the entire emotional arc within a couple of minutes, and are left puzzling over Borges’s attribution … and that’s surely the way he intended it. Odd and yet deep, and yet odd.