Manual de zoología fantástica by Jorge Luis Borges, Margarita Guerrero

By Jorge Luis Borges, Margarita Guerrero

En el guide de zoología fantástica, Borges recurre a testimonios donde se contienen descripciones mágicas que encarnan en figuras a veces míticas, casi verdaderas en ocasiones, con el afán de integrar un museo excepcional en cuyo recinto lo fantástico adquiere autenticidad a través de experiencias literarias, filosóficas y aun teológicas. Los textos bíblicos, chinos e hindúes, las representaciones de algunos místicos, los escritores medievales o del Renacimiento, y los sueños de poetas y novelistas modernos contribuyen a formar esta serie de animales irreales elegidos y vueltos realidad por su incisiva pluma.

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Das ist ein Befehl. Sie verfehlen uns. Wir besiegen sie. Wir besiegen das Feuer. Wir –« Drei Schüsse hallten ganz in der Nähe. Bumm! Bumm! Bumm! Sie kamen von den Patronen aus meinem Revolver, den das Feuer nun erreicht zu haben schien. Die Treiber machten kehrt und kamen direkt auf uns zu. Vandaleur fluchte hysterisch und versuchte noch tiefer unter die Wasseroberfläche zu tauchen, um der unerträglichen Hitze des Feuers zu entrinnen. Der Android begann zu zucken. Die Flammenmauer erreichte sie.

Er wußte jetzt, was mit den Dutzenden von Malerfarben, die den Ladeninhaber so erstaunt hatten, geschehen war. Vereinzelt standen im Raum auch Tonskulpturen, die meisten thronten auf Sockeln, die aus Baumstämmen zurechtgesägt waren. Manche der Sockel waren abgeschält, andere angemalt, bei anderen wieder waren die Struktur der Borke oder die Verdikkungen oder Risse im Holz im Modell selbst fortgesetzt worden, bei manchen war Ton bis zum Boden in die Borke geritzt oder gepreßt worden. Manchmal war der Ton mit Farbe bestrichen.

Vandaleur kann mich nicht finden, bevor es zu spät ist. Sie brennt so heiß wie Paprika, schwitze, schwotze, schwatze ... in dem klirrenden Frost. Und das Thermometer zeigt auf 10 Grad geliebte Fahrenheit. Aus dem Amerikanischen übersetzt von Charlotte Winheller THEODORE STURGEON Es folgen die Nachrichten Der Mann hieß MacLyle, aber das war – wie ich gern eingestehe – nicht sein richtiger Name; nehmen wir einmal an, es sei eine erfundene Geschichte. Einverstanden? MacLyle hatte einen guten Job in – eh – einer Seifenfabrik.

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