Category Archives: Literature

Some books

  • Representation Theory : A First Course (Fulton & Harris)
  • Symmetry & the Monster (Mark Ronan) [Not yet read]
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach : An eternal golden braid (Douglas Hofstadter) : A popular level book on Gödel’s theorem and AI and related stuff. The first half is good, but the book drags on too much with unfounded speculation towards the end.
  • Surreal Numbers (Donald E Knuth) : Aweird funny little book on set theoretic foundation of number theory.
  • One Jump Ahead (Jonathan Schaeffer) : About Chinook, the checkers playing program
  • Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder) : A sort of informal fun introduction to Western philosophy
  • Foucault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
  • The Power of One (Courtenay Bryce)
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La Trama

Thanks to the friendly folks at zbb and google, I recently put together this translation of Borges’s story La Trama.

The original story is available here.

The translation:

The Plot
To his complete horror, Caesar, harassed at the foot of the statue by the daggers of his impatient friends, discovers among the blades and faces, that of Brutus, his protégé, perhaps his son, and no longer defends himself, exclaiming, “You too, my son!” Shakespeare and Quevedo record the pathetic shout.
Destiny is pleased by repetitions, variations, symmetries; nineteen centuries later, in the south of the province of Buenos Aires, a gaucho is attacked by other gauchos; whilst falling, he recognizes a godson of his, and says with vague recollection and mild surprise (these words must be heard, not read): “Pero, che!*” They kill him, and he does not realise that he dies so that a scene may be repeated.

THE END

* ¡Pero, che! -> ‘What the..? Hey!’

Still not sure what to make of it.

puzzled,
Shanth