The Library of Babel is a short story by Argentine author and librarian Jorge Luis Borges in turn acknowledges the earlier development of this theme by Kurd Lasswitz in his story “The Universal Library” (“Die Universalbibliothek”). Bibliothek von Babel – die universale Bibliothek, die alle nur denkbaren Bücher enthält, ist ein Gedanke von Jorge Luis Borges. Alle Infos hierzu auf Wiki-Basis. Die Bibliothek von Babel by Jorge Luis Borges, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I know of districts in which the young men prostrate themselves before books and kiss their pages in a barbarous manner, but they do not know how to decipher a single letter.

When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first impression was one of extravagant happiness.

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Others, inversely, believed that it was fundamental to eliminate useless works. I venture to suggest this solution to the ancient problem: My solitude is gladdened by this elegant hope.

Views Read Edit View history. The certitude that some shelf in some hexagon held precious books and that these precious books were inaccessible, seemed almost intolerable.

Some insinuated that each letter could influence the following one dif that the value of MCV in the third line of page 71 was not the one the same series may have in bibliothel position on another page, but this vague thesis did not prevail. Kaum ein Schriftsteller des Indem sie errechnet, was wichtig ist, macht sie das, was wichtig war, wichtiger und das, was unwichtiger war, unwichtiger. Translation by James E.


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Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Fruhlings Erwachen Frank Wedekind. All men felt themselves to be the masters of an babsl and secret treasure. This wordy and useless epistle already exists in one of the thirty volumes of the five shelves of one of the innumerable hexagons—and its refutation as well.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Er entfaltet darin die Idee einer unendlichen Universalbibliothek? For a century they have exhausted in vain the most varied areas. It is verisimilar that these grave mysteries could be explained in words: If an eternal traveler were to cross it in any direction, after centuries he would see that the same volumes were repeated in the same disorder which, thus repeated, would be an order: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

To perceive the distance between the divine and the human, it is enough to compare these crude wavering symbols which my fallible hand scrawls on the cover of a book, with the organic letters inside: This dictum, we shall see, is not entirely fallacious.

Moreover, the story’s Book of Sand is said to be written in an unknown alphabet and its content is not obviously random. No one can articulate a syllable which is not filled with tenderness and fear, which is not, in one of these languages, the powerful name of a god. The same would be true of protein sequences if it were not for natural selection, which has picked out only protein sequences that make sense.

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They admit that the inventors of this writing imitated the twenty-five natural symbols, but maintain that this application is accidental and that the books signify nothing in themselves. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


The narrator notes that the library must contain all useful information, including predictions of the future, biographies of any person, and translations of every book in all languages.

Twenty shelves, five long shelves per side, cover all the sides except two; their height, which is the distance from floor to ceiling, scarcely exceeds that of a normal librarian.

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Zur Genealogie Der Moral Nietzche. These examples made it possible for a librarian of genius to discover the fundamental law of the Library. Thousands of the greedy abandoned their sweet native hexagons and rushed up the stairways, urged on by the vain intention of finding their Vindication. Ich und Du Martin Buber. In a short essay, W. You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?

Once I am dead, there will be no lack of pious hands to throw me over the railing; my grave will be the fathomless air; my body will sink endlessly and decay and dissolve in the wind generated by the fall, which is infinite.