Imaginary Borges.

Mirrors are abominable. A photographer points her camera at Borges like a revolver. In his childhood he feared mirrors—mahogany—being repeated…and thus becoming increasingly imaginary? In the beautiful bestiary (The Book of Imaginary Beings) which has just been translated for us, it is suggested that one day the imprisoned creatures in our looking-glasses will cease to imitate us; fish will stir in the panes as though in clear water; and “we will hear from the depths of mirrors the clatter of weapons.” How many times, already, have we been overcome by imaginary beings?

 

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