It was reprinted in the short-story collection El Aleph in The story takes the form of a monologue by Asterion. He begins by suggesting that certain defamatory claims—that he is arrogant, or misanthropic, or mad—are untrue. Asterion describes his house in detail: that it has no locked doors; that it has many corridors and rooms, pools and courtyards. He explains his hermetic ways by recounting how once, when he left his house, the commoners were so agitated that he now does not go out, believing that his royal blood sets him apart after all, he is the child of a queen.
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And I must add that Borges is able to surprise the reader till the final words of the story literally. Mar 15, Tessa rated it it was ok Shelves: reads , short-story.
Okay, read this thinking I'd love it because of the Greek mythology but it didn't made me feel anything but confusion so Aug 10, history escapee rated it really liked it Shelves: greek-mythology , on-that-short-story-shit , best-characters-ever , classics-and-lit , tragic , monsters-and-monstrous-femme , magic-realism , spanish-and-latin-american , literatura-argentina.
Being a Greek mythology nerd, the ending of this tale was not difficult to guess - the title pretty much gave it away. What I enjoyed, however, was the sharp writing and the humanizing personality given to the character in question. Jan 16, Katie Robinson rated it liked it. I read this very short story in English.
I have always loved Greek mythology, so I think I expected more from this story. Perhaps if it was longer I think it would have been more interesting to me, but it still depicted the Minotaur and how he saw the world in a unique if muted way.
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He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In , he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor.
His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists.
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La casa de Asterión
The House of Asterion