Adendo al Manual de Zoología Fantástica; Soojin Ahn y Tim Lewis

Creo que voy alardear un poco y les pido disculpas por ello; pero yo, soy la feliz propietaria de uno de los escasos ejemplares que existen, de la primera edición del Manual de Zoología Fantástica de Jorge Luis Borges… Lo digo con presunción, porque sé que es un libro rarísimo; uno que él se dedico a negar hasta el día de su muerte y del cual sobreviven muy pocos ejemplares (5.000 fue el tiraje total; cuantos hayan soportado los 60 años que ha pasado desde entonces, no sé!)… Lo adquirí siendo muy joven, en una época en la que estaba obsesionada con Borges y sus historias… Invertí la mesada de un año en comprar todos sus libros; y casi 2, en la absurda y totalmente desatinada empresa de corroborar sus fuentes literarias… Fue una mala decisión… Descubrí que Borges mentía con la habilidad pasmosa y cínica del que se sabe cobijado por el peso de su propia erudición… Era tal su papel; que de no haber proseguido la investigación personalmente, hubiera tildado de idiota a cualquiera que realizase esta afirmación… Pero yo lo comprobé; yo sabía que sus referencias no existían, que tales libros no habían sido escritos jamás y que sus lugares, eran solo mixturas de puntos aislados en un Atlas… Eso mato a Borges en mi corazón y sus libros pasaron a ocupar una posición desventajosa en la estantería… Con el tiempo me reconcilie con él, y volví a sus poemas que tanto consuelo me han dado; pero nunca volví a creer en él como antes, e incluso comencé a verlo como un ser “perturbado”… Las cosas se habrían quedado ahí de no ser por el Internet y su capacidad para mostrarnos lo que pasa al otro lado del mundo… De que otra manera podría conocer yo; a un Británico y un coreano, que se dedican a producir aquello que Borges febril imaginaba??…

Estos son los vídeos de las alas anarquistas de Soojin Ahn y Pony de Tim Lewis… Dos esculturas cinéticas que reviven animales que proceden de la zoología fantástica… Las alas son bellísimas; y su concepto de “anarquismo,” es exquisitamente cómico… El Pony en cambio es aturdidor… Te toma un par de minutos organizar el cerebro para darte cuenta que no hay nada que puedas decir; que es simplemente indescriptible… Cuando los vi pensé inmediatamente en Borges y me di cuenta que lo había evaluado mal… Que Borges no necesitaba justificar los ejercicios de su prodigiosa imaginación; y que sus “mentiras,” eran un estilo literario que mi estrechez mental no había sido capaz de valorar…

English

I think I’ll brag a little and I apologize for it; but I am, the happy owner of one of the few copies that exist, of the first edition of the Manual de Zoologia Fantastica by Jorge Luis Borges … I say this with presumption, because I know that is a rare book; one that he dedicated himself to deny until the day of his death, and which very few copies survive (5000 was the total circulation;! how many have endured the 60 years that has passed since then, I do not know) … I bought it when I was very young, at a time when I was obsessed with Borges and his stories … I invested my student allowance of a year in buying all his books; and spent 2 years more, in the absurd and totally unreasonable task of corroborate his literary sources … It was a bad decision … I discovered that Borges was lying with the astonishing and cynical skill of someone who is sheltered by the weight of his own erudition … It was such his role; that if I had not developed the investigation personally, would have called jerk to anybody who claimed this statement … But I have checked; I know that his references do not exist, that such books were never written, and his places are only mixtures of isolated points in an Atlas … This killed Borges in my heart; and his books begun to occupy a disadvantaged position on the shelf … Over time I reconciled with him, and returned back to his poems which have given me so much relief; but I never went back to believe in him as before and even, I began to see him as a “disturbed person” … Things would have stopped there if not for the Internet and its ability to show what happens on the other side of the world … How else I could know about a Briton and a Korean, who are dedicated to produce what the feverish Borges imagined ?? …

These are the videos of the anarchist wings by Soojin Ahn and Pony of Tim Lewis … Two kinetic sculptures that revive animals which come from the fantastic zoology … The wings are beautiful; and his concept of “anarchism” is exquisitely comic … The Pony in change is stunner … It takes a couple of minutes to organize the brain and realize that there is nothing you can say; that it is simply indescribable … When I saw them, immediately thought on Borges and I realized that I had wrongly assessed him… That Borges does not need to justify the exercise of his prodigious imagination; and that his “lies” were a literary style that my mindedness had not been able to appreciate …


3 thoughts on “Adendo al Manual de Zoología Fantástica; Soojin Ahn y Tim Lewis

  1. Siempre presente Maria Cristina. Cuantas veces viendo caer la lluvia no hemos pensado que son las lagrimas de algún cóndor legendario, o el llanto del Fenix Griego.

  2. An amazing post. I promise I was laughing with you, not at you!It is great for you to have an outlet like this, where there are people that can read and nod along and understand. I know that if I related some of my ‘less than pleasant’ travel moments to many people the attitude would be ‘well that’s what you get for travelling’ or ‘if you think it sucks, don’t travel (or don’t travel ‘off the beaten tr#28’)&akc17;.So despite discussion of sick, pink eye and stories that make me reconsider travelling places I will have troubles getting a visa, I will keep reading your wonderful writing!

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