Borges’ future


  “A Weary Man’s Utopia” by Borges is a beautiful short story in which the 70-year-old writer mysteriously encounters a man from a distant future. I don’t want to say much more as it is only a couple pages long… but here are some elements of Borges’ imagined future:

“No one cares about facts anymore. They are mere points of departure for speculation and exercises in creativity. In school we are taught Doubt, and the Art of Forgetting.”

Printing has been forbidden since it is “one of the worse evils of mankind, for it tended to multiply unnecessary texts to a dizzying degree”

Although painting is most definitely well and alive in that world, the colors on the canvas are indiscernible to our eyes (interesting to note that the writer was almost completely blind by the time he wrote that story).


3 Responses to Borges’ future

  1. zoeblackwell says:

    is that your drawing anna?

  2. anna says:

    hi zoe!!! yes.. its my doodling…
    how/where have you been?

  3. SarahF says:

    thanks for sharing this. i’m going to get the “book of sand” today. i found this article “Appropriating Borges: the weary man, utopia, and globalism” which is really good. here is the link:

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