By Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni
In his writing, Borges consistently mixed excessive seriousness with a depraved feel of enjoyable. the following he unearths his take pleasure in re-creating (or making up) colourful tales from the Orient, the Islamic international, and the Wild West, in addition to his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and private betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. glowing with the sheer exuberant excitement of story-telling, this assortment marked the emergence of an totally targeted literary voice.
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Their favourite weapons were a pair of short swords, used one in each hand. Before seizing another ship, they sprinkled their cheekbones and bodies with an infusion of garlic water, which they considered a certain charm against shot. Each crewman travelled with his wife, but the captain sailed with a harem, which was five or six in number and which, in victory, was always replenished. Kia-king, the Young Emperor, Speaks Somewhere around the middle of , there was made public an imperial decree, of which I transcribe the first and last parts.
Of this stock, the pirate will receive for himself out of ten parts, only two; the rest shall belong to the storehouse, called the general fund. Violation of this ordinance will be punishable by death. The punishment of the pirate who abandons his post without permission will be perforation of the ears in the presence of the whole fleet; repeating the same, he will suffer death. Commerce with captive women taken in the villages is prohibited on deck; permission to use violence against any woman must first be requested of the ship’s purser, and then carried out only in the ship’s hold.
Let us draw a simple parallel. If an impostor, in , had undertaken to pass himself off as the German emperor, what he would immediately have faked would have been the turned-up moustache, the withered arm, the authoritarian frown, the grey cape, the illustriously bemedalled chest, and the pointed helmet. Bogle was more subtle. He would have put forward a clean-shaven kaiser, lacking in military traits, stripped of glamorous decorations, and whose left arm was in an unquestionable state of health.
A Universal History of Infamy by Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni