Famous Librarians - Jorge Luis Borges
Library Assistant, Buenos Aires Municipal Library in Miguel Cané, 1939-1946
Amongst his other major literary works, he is also the author of short story entitled The Library of Babel, about a library, or universe, of infinite proportions.
“Man, the imperfect librarian, may be the product of chance or of malevolent demiurgi; the universe, with its elegant endowment of shelves, of enigmatical volumes, of inexhaustible stairways for the traveler and latrines for the seated librarian, can only be the work of a god. To perceive the distance between the divine and the human, it is enough to compare these crude wavering symbols which my fallible hand scrawls on the cover of a book, with the organic letters inside: punctual, delicate, perfectly black, inimitably symmetrical.”
One of the many reasons Borges is among my favourite writers. Read the full short story here.