One writer I have always found a little difficult to read has been Jorge Luis Borges. He just doesn’t say it simply. The writing may seem simple and obvious but the layers to his works are mindboggling. It is almost like a maze, it does not end, till he decides that the reader has had enough. His stories influenced several writers such as Eco, Pratchett, and Greg Bear.
The story read yesterday was one of my favourites, called, “The Library of Babel”. The story is about never-ending libraries – every book that is possibly written is there in the library of Babel and that too, books written in every single language. The story then speaks of the librarian’s despair and the aftermath of all of this.
Borges’s writing is striking – it is complex and yet simple. It takes you on this journey of never-ending thoughts and ideas. He does not give you time to stop thinking. At the end of it, you just want such a library to exist.