Borges and Sufism.








Borges and Sufism.

By Sergio Missana

On a visit to Buenos Aires a few years ago I was privileged to spend an afternoon in the library of Jorge Luis Borges. The hours flew by as, completely absorbed, I flicked through the author’s books.

None of them were catalogued in any seeming order; rather they were arranged in what, to my eyes, was complete disorder. I observed that instead of underlining passages which had made an impression on him, Borges used to write out whole sections in the blank pages at the back, or in the margins, in tiny, neat handwriting. Most of the books were ancient tomes, quite a few originating, possibly, from his father’s library. Among the newer titles I found, on different spaces on the shelves, two books by Idries Shah: The Sufis and Tales of the Dervishes.

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