Thursday, June 16, 2011

"The Secret Miracle." Jorge Luis Borges.

Summary: Jaromir Hladik, a Czechoslovakian writer, confronts a German firing squad. He prays to God for a full year in order to complete his play. A tear starts from his eye. In the time that the tear falls, he mentally finishes, without hurry, revising as he writes, his play. When the tear finishes its fall, at that moment, he is shot to death by the firing squad. A miracle.

Comment: Somewhere, in one of the many books I have read, I remember the (true?) story of a Jewish scholar, imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, who could remember perfectly the details of every book he had ever read. Re-tracing these books was how he passed his time. That’s what I was thinking of as I read this story. RayS.

Spanish Stories and Tales. Ed. By Harriet de OnĂ­s. The Pocket Library, 1956. Pp. 17-23.

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