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Chapter 5 Power The new monumentality of space will symbolize the limitless power of the human mind. Man trembles facing the universe. — R.M. Schindler1 As an architect, Rudolph Schindler was sensitive to the need we feel to find ways of controlling and ordering the spatial contexts in which we find our- selves. Literary narratives often ref lect that concern, always relating, at least to some extent, to the social reality within which they are produced. The connection between word and world may appear tenuous at times – stories, including many of Borges’s stories, often appear to be ‘pure fantasy’ – but the fact that the material with which they are created is human language means they must bear some relationship to that social reality which is the ambit of our everyday existence. The spaces within which the stories examined in this chapter operate are seen to be ‘fantastical’, but they are also seen to be socially produced, at least to the extent that they interrogate issues relat- ing to human and political power; the stories in question are ‘Las ruinas circulares’, ‘El brujo postergado’ and ‘Tema del traidor y del héroe’. Representational Space and the Magic Ruins In ‘Las ruinas circulares’ [‘The Circular Ruins’], as Borges himself noted, ‘todo es irreal’ (OC1: 429) [everything is unreal ]. The setting is depicted as a kind of ‘nowhere’, an unidentifiable place deliberately evoked as a mythical, 144 Chapter 5 primal location, suited to the theme of creation and to the specific task of the...
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