‘The Secret Miracle’ by Jorge Luis Borges

The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges, 1943

The magic trick:

Imagining a world where man communicates to god through the act of artistic composition

“The Secret Miracle” stands as maybe Borges’s best case for intellectual creativity as religion.

It’s a sad story, set as it is during the Holocaust. But it’s a beautiful idea, a beautiful belief, that one can communicate to god through the act of artistic composition.

And that’s quite a trick on Borges’s part.

The selection:

He had asked God for a whole year to finish his work; His omnipotence had granted it. God had worked a secret miracle for him; German lead would kill him at the set hour, but in his mind a year would go by between the order and its execution.

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