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The Library of Babel

The Library of Babel

by

Jorge Luis Borges

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The Library

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The Library is a huge, unwieldy model with tons and tons of information in it. It also contains a smattering of human inhabitants, who run around the Library doing silly things like killing each other. In other words, the Library is a lot like the universe. Borges is even nice enough to come right out and tell us so in the very first line: "The universe (which others call the Library)..." You know the rest. The symbolic significance of the Library isn't exactly hidden here, but hey – this story is tricky enough as it is. It's sort of nice to have a gimme.

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