The Lottery in Babylon (translated from the Spanish) by Jorge Luis in Spanish can be found at Expert Answers Basket The Lottery in Babylon is a fantasy short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges Original title, “La lotería en Babilonia”. Translator. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Probablemente el mayor escritor que haya nacido en . Another story in this collection, “La loteria en Babilonia” reminds me of.

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MathFiction: The Lottery in Babylon [La lotería en Babilonia] (Jorge Luis Borges)

What Borges does with the allegory between the Lottery and religion and fate is satirically genius. For an entire lunar year, I have been declared invisible: Glad I finally found this site!

About Jorge Luis Borges. It also had other effects, perhaps not foreseen by its author: Oct 14, J. There are also impersonal drawings without definite purposes: In a cellar in the half-light of dawn, I luos slit the throats of sacred bulls before a black altar.

This infinitude banilonia admirably with the sinuous numbers of Chance and the Celestial Archetype of the Lottery adored by Platonists… A certain deformed echo of our ritual seems to have resounded along the Tiber: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Either way, the metaphorical undertone is quite interesting and makes you think. It is quite frightening to realise how pervasive such extreme ideas and institutions are, and how seductive they prove to be, and the power groupthink has on us — which has only been confirmed by one totalitarian regime after another.


James Carnrike rated it really liked it Jan 22, In any case, there is nothing so contaminated with fiction as the history of the Company….

Another, no less vile, reasons that to affirm or deny the reality of the Company is inconsequential, as Babylon is nothing but an infinite game of chance. Jul 04, Nu rated it it was amazing Shelves: It preferred to scribble in the rubble of a mask factory a short line of reasoning which now forms part of the sacred scriptures.

Aug 09, Navita rated it it was ok Shelves: Stephen AlcornR.

The Lottery in Babylon

In reality, the number of drawings is infinite. A very interesting short story. Leo Agopian rated it really liked it Dec 29, To ask other readers questions about The Lottery in Babylonplease sign up.

This unification was necessary given the vastness and complexity of the new operations. I thought of this story from time to time and had to come back for a second listen.

Which dilemmas are we facing today that, although giving the impression that we will all be better off, will diminish communities and create an ever growing gap? One such example abominably insinuates that the Company ceased to exist centuries ago and that the sacred disorder in our lives is purely hereditary, traditional; another considers the Company to be eternal and teaches that it will endure until the last night, when the last god will annihilate the world.

Jan Ee rated it it was amazing Jul 16, It observed also that those lions and the sacred squatting place, although not disclaimed by the Company which did not babilpnia the right to consult themfunctioned without official guarantee. Now, far from Babylon and its beloved customs, I think with some bewilderment of the lottery and of the blasphemous conjectures that the shrouded men murmur at twilight.


An alphabetical archive collected these reports of varying veracity. Combining bets was difficult; we must remember, though, that the individuals of the Company were and are all-powerful and astute.

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With time, this justified contempt found a further target: Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. And that is what I love about reading. Does the lottery act as a distraction for more pressing problems, a tool used to give Babylon inhabitants a sense of purpose, of belonging, as if they, as individuals, could make a change in the structure of their hierarchy, without ever questioning the power above them.

The narration was mediocre, but perfectly bearable for the minutes this audiobook lasted. It is a wild kuis.

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Could some extreme acts have been committed, and then blamed on the Company? Xavier rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Hanser Jorge Luis Borges: