La casa de Asterión La otra muerte. Deutsches Requiem La busca de Averroes El Zahir La escritura del dios. Abenjacán el Bojarí, muerto en su laberinto. La casa de Asterión has ratings and 12 reviews. Cuento La casa de Asterión , de Jorge Luis Borges, originalmente publicado en el libro El Aleph, en. La casa de Asterión has ratings and 12 reviews. “La casa de Asterión”, de Jorge Luis Borges, originalmente publicado en el libro El Aleph, en

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For some readers, grasping the work of Jorge Luis Borges, the dw Argentinean author, seems like an intimidating task. The language seems impenetrable, and the references, obscure at best.

After a few attempts, the reader throws up his arms in frustration and relegates the book to the darkest corner of the bookcase, where it will gather dust for years.

Borges is obsessed with the labyrinth —both physical and metaphorical — and the idea of man at its centre. Borges is also preoccupied with the idea of time and the infinite, violence, disloyalty, treason and punishment, and mirrors. Throughout his writing, Borges uses a system of universal symbols which he makes his own to create a unique world aldph his fantastic narrative.


He reworks myths into new stories and borrows an idea or a few lines from classical texts and invents new literature. The story is narrated in the first person singular. It begins, like many other stories, with a quote. The narrator begins by refuting some accusations made against him: He goes on to say how forlorn he is and that he is expecting his redeemer to free him from this lonely life.

Here, the narrator shifts to the third person singular. The voice also changes to that of Theseus talking to Ariadne. Only then does the reader come to the full realisation that this story is a version of the myth of the Minotaur.

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References to the theme of the labyrinth are peppered throughout the text: His house is his world and the world is his house. There is also a reference to the Labyrinth of Egypt, a real building complex in the province of Fayoum, Egypt. Borges also hints at the fact that Asterion is a monster, and a very lonely one at that, through the panic felt by the town dwellers the time Asterion ventures out of his house. In the Minoan myth, the Minotaur is imprisoned in the labyrinth built by Daedalus and every seven —or nine- years is given a tribute of seven maidens and seven young men in order to avoid a plague.

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Although Asterion denies it vehemently, he is also a prisoner asetrion his own loneliness, his otherness, his condition of monster. The bouquinistes, book sellers on the Seine. Thanks for the explanation Ana. This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.

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The House of Asterion. Roman mosaic picturing Theseus and the Minotaur. Bull-shaped rhyta circa – BC – Cyprus. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family.

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