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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Be the first to ask a question about The Lottery in Babylon. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 08, Brian Yahn rated it liked it. What Borges does with the allegory between the Lottery and religion and fate is satirically genius. And unlike most shorts of this nature, it’s not cryptic and the meaning is pretty straight-forward.

Still though, much jorbe a Hemingway story, it reads more like a philosophical thought experiment than a narrative, which isn’t really my thing. Apr 26, Emi rated it it was amazing.

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Another fascinating short story on how providence, I suppose, might be perceived differently when the context is altered. Noticed one error, perhaps occurred during translation, where by referring to “tortoise and hare” by AesopBorges I’m certain meant “tortoise and Achilles” by Zeno as he mentions this in the context of infinite divisibility of time.

Jan 01, Simona Vesela rated it it was amazing. In the great lottery there are all letters of my keyboard. L were drawn with them being returned after each draw. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To laa it, click here. But how far is human greed able to go? Does our fight for equality borgws from a place of general consensus for a societal well-being?

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? And where do we stop our desire for adrenaline and excitement before it produces horrible consequences, and makes us lose our liberty? 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.


They give up their liberty and choice to elect by adhering to this scheme, but seem to do so with great pleasure. 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.

Maybe we would all rather be equal in misery. That is when it is at the apogee of its power. But its beginning comes from a place of hybris from men, we create these human-like god images to give ourselves the sensation that we control everything, even problems too complex to anticipate.

This Company-god image reminded me of deterministic religions, where you are predestined to have your life go a certain way, no matter the actions that you take. They are freed from responsibility and having to answer for their actions. A plot turn I would have added would be to show the extend this responsibility-free lifestyle could have led to.

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Could some extreme acts have been committed, and then blamed on the Company? How would they have confronted this chaos? His complex intertwining of mathematics, philosophy and literary references, and historical questioning, which can prove to be confusing and even contrary sometimes rings a bell from the activities of the Company?

The very subtle placement of Qaphqa made me smile. The last question I have is: Aug 17, Eric rated it it was amazing. I love Borges, and this was another amazing exercise in thinking.

Jul 04, Nu lkis it it was amazing Shelves: A very interesting short story. For me it related, In jorfe, that we humans have choices which we make in hopes of having meaningful or positive outcomes or choices we take feeling odds are in our favour ; but at the same time we cannot know whether this will ultimately turn out to be so or not, lteria some live in the perpetual fear of it turning out bad and some thrive on the hope and belief that it will turn out positive.

Each choice has an equal result, whether good or bad. It all may be int A very interesting short story. It all may be interrelated or not. It all may be predestined or it may not. It could be all gorges illusion of ordered chaos or splendidly all made up.

Control over action and reaction could be real or not. Destiny could be predestined in a divine way or completely through chance. Either way, the metaphorical undertone is quite interesting and makes bagilonia think.


And that is what I love about reading. Oct 14, J. I will definitely be looking into more of Jorge Luis Borges’ work. The narration babikonia mediocre, but perfectly bearable for the minutes this audiobook lasted. Bumped to 4 stars.

I thought of this story from time to time and had to come back for a second listen. It is a wild story. Oct 11, Ci rated it liked it. I failed to see the profundity if any of this exercise of imagining Fate as a random generator. Aug 09, Navita rated it it was ok Shelves: I don’t understand how the lottery work in Babylon.

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About Jorge Luis Borges. Inhis family moved borbes Switzerland where he luiw school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer.

Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. His work was borgew and published borgs in the United States and in Europe.

He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Coetzee said of Loreria Books by Jorge Luis Borges. Trivia About The Lottery in Ba