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It’s no mistake that one of Jorge Luis Borges’s books is titled “Labyrinths.” His metaphysical stories lead the reader through an intricate maze of ideas, images, history, philosophy, and fantasy from which there are either many possible exits or none. More than two dozen stories by Borges, who died in 1986, at age eighty-six, were published in The New Yorker, most of them in the decade from 1967 to 1977.
“He understood that one destiny is no better than another but that every man should revere the destiny he bears within him.”
“A man’s memory is not a summation; it is a chaos of vague possibilities.”
“Espinosa understood what awaited him on the other side of the door.”